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Flanagan's Run Hardcover – March 1, 1982
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This is in some ways, the little brother of Chariots of Fire (Two-Disc Special Edition)and it is a very historic novel. As an example, I certainly did not know that in fact, there were Olympics games held in Athens in 1906, yes and that throws the 4 year timing of the normally accepted Olympics off; so in fact, those were not accepted as being Olympics but came to be called the "Intercalated games" (look it up) with the Olympics proper being held in St. Louis in 1904 and then there were the 1908 games held London. It all gets rather interesting, but little historic tidbits the book gives you sets your mind to wondering. Those games held in St. Louis in fact, were originally going to be held in Chicago. The 1904 World's Fair was in St. Louis, so somehow they moved the games there too, as Paris I believe had them both at the same time. Of course, I have pondered the meaning of the historic event mentioned most frequently in the book and that has to do with the 1908 Marathon with Dorando Pietri. It is quite famous in running lore and one should research and read it for oneself.Read more ›
Review of the Audiobook:
On your marks, get set, go! And I was off and running for 16 wonderful hours. I walked over 35 miles in the past two weeks listening to this story - and I was swept away. I absolutely did not want it to end (except for my eager anticipation to discover who actually wins the race). Written by Tom McNab (Chariots of Fire), this gem was published in 1982 and tells the story of a fictional race in the 1930s. And yet there is not a single line of outdated prose. Masterfully written!
We begin at the starting ling in Los Angeles, circa 1932 as 2,000 runners set off on a trans-continental race to NYC. Along the way we delve into depression-era America complete with union strikes, the mob, and J Edgar Hoover hot on the heels of our beloved runners. I adored the characters - with a special fondness for the enduring veteran marathon runner - Doc Cole, the unapologetic ringleader - Charles Flanagan, and the ever feisty showgirl - Kate Sheridan.
Flanagan's Run is utterly charming, compelling, riveting, suspenseful, uplifting . . . . I could go on and on. The weaving through of historical figures - like Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover gave this book a E. L. Doctorow feel, combined with Steinbeck-ian prose and P.T. Barnum hoopla.
If you are a runner, read this book. If you are a writer - read this book. If you have always wanted to head toward the horizon just to see what lays beyond it . . . well, you get the idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book pulls you in to the characters and their struggles and victories. I have even recommended this book to people that read only non-fiction. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
great running story, I read it when I need some inspiration.Published 22 days ago by Gail L. Galusky
Such an inspiring feel-good story. Written so well with characters that come to life on each page. Easy to read... third time I've read this bookPublished 8 months ago by Tracey
Even if you aren't a runner, don't hesitate to plundge in this storyPublished 11 months ago by RIBIS
You have got to be kidding me, no one else has given this book the bad review it deserves? I'm a runner, and loved the story idea here, and looked forward to learning a little of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ReadMoreVonnegut
One of the best Running Books out there. Not sure how many fictional books there ARE about running but this one is fantastic. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by SharkMom