- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (December 27, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143036688
- ISBN-13: 978-0143036685
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 288 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians."
"Endearing . . . its a ride worth taking."
"In The Memory of Running, professional actor and long aspiring novelist Ron McLarty has invented a character so fully and elegantly defined that the book soars with originality and life."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Captivating . . . McLarty unspools passage after passage of devastating grace and melancholy, and his taciturn hero hooks himself to your heart."
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I bought this book to read on holiday, I'm not the fastest reader in the world, so I thought I'd begin it before I left to get a head start, I finished it while I was in the air on route. I have no shame telling you that I was streaming tears as well as I put it down.
Read this book, it might not change your life but it might inspire you to be a better person.
After family tragedies, Smithy, the protagonist, gets on his old bike and just keeps riding on a journey of self - discovery, amazing adventures, and reinvention of himself. There are some wonderful characters and disturbing revelations. Definitely worth a read.
The protagonist, Smithson Ide is a likeable enough fellow that in a strange way reminded me of T.S. Garp and other John Irving characters: seemingly ordinary people who find themselves captured in an extraordinary world not of their own making. Chapters alternate between Ide's transcontinental bicycle ride -- an impromtu act devoid of planning -- and his reminiscence of the days of his youth when his life revolved around his beautiful but ill-fated sister Bethany.
Mr. McLarty has written a well-paced, entertaining novel that is a pleasure to read and would be well-served as a film. Bravo.
If you want a good book to read, this is it. The Memory of Running has everything and Ron McLarty's writing will reel you in. Since reading this novel, I have gone on to look up what else he writes, because I will certainly be reading more from him!