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More about being a drunk than a runner,
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Maybe I was hoping for something different. I don't think I was expecting something as inspiring as Dean Karnazes' "Run," but I also wasn't expecting something as depressing as this book turned out to be. Percentage-wise, 80% of this book is about the author's adventures and exploits as an alcoholic and drug-addict, and about 20% of the book is about running. I do appreciate the author's honesty--he's every bit as nihilistic as he claims to be. I'm giving it two stars because the author can at times be humorous, and the ending story about helping Luis on his 100-miler was a great story to end with. Other than that, the book is somewhat choppy (there's really not a flow that the reader can easily piece together), and was over the top with profanity at times. The author has talent and potential as a writer, and I would encourage him to keep writing and honing his skill. I would consider buying his material again in the future, but would hope that he would title the book in accordance with the primary subject of the book. Just being honest; and as honest as Mishka seems, I'd think he would understand and appreciate my honesty. :)
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2011 11:18:22 AM PDT
Having read the other reviews posted by this reader, it seems he is a concrete thinker who has a hang-up about titles matching what he thinks the story is about. Hence, the 2-star rating. The Long Run is a metaphor, and by the reader's own admission, a well-told story.
Posted on Nov 5, 2011 4:41:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2011 4:49:13 PM PDT
Raymond L. Moser says:
Posted on Nov 7, 2011 1:43:44 PM PST
Actually in the field of addiction, a "run" like a "bender" is a sustained period of drinking and/or drug use. The title is clearly a play on words.
Posted on Nov 9, 2011 7:19:05 PM PST
T. L. says:
Raymond: It's kind of ironic that you'd accuse me of ignorance, isn't it? Calling me/my beliefs "scary" when you're the one who has tracked down other reviews I've made in an attempt to learn about me...? You need help, brother.
Posted on Mar 6, 2012 2:43:47 PM PST
Matthew Wilder says:
"Percentage-wise." People who say "percentage-wise" should not be permitted by the seemingly infinite tolerance of the Intra-Net to review books. Instead, they should be made to pound sand in stinky basements while the J. Geils Band blares deafeningly in their ears.
Posted on Apr 29, 2012 6:20:43 AM PDT
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