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Once a Runner: A Novel Paperback – April 6, 2010
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“By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner…a marvelous description of the way it really is.” —Kenny Moore, Sports Illustrated
“The best piece of running fiction around. Beg, borrow, or buy a copy, and you’ll never need another motivator.” —Dave Langlais, Runner’s World
"The best novel ever written about running."--Runner's World
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a) Competative runners: this is an increadible book, period. The best part about it is reading about a little tiny nuance in Quenton's running life and saying to yourself, "I know exactly what he's talking about, wow", which will happen literally hundreds of times. Your hopefully already-substantial appreciation for the sport will likely increase tenfold with this book.
b) The casual runner, recreational, or other athlete: this is an excellent book and is very highly reccomended. You probably will not appreciate it to it's fullest extent, but there are aspects of the story and how it is told that will be enjoyed by anyone with the capacity for excitement from sports or human physical endeavors.
c) The non-athlete: this book may not make sense to you. Not in the literary sense, but it may seem as though there is little direction in the story, and you might read it and then find yourself thinking that nothing interesting really happened, and you are not really to blame for this. There is still a good chance that you will find it enjoyable, but if you are looking for a piece of literature based on traditional merits (plot, character development, etc) there are likely better books out there for you to spend time on.
Clearly I thought this book was one of the best I've ever read. However, I hope this breakdown about who in particular might enjoy it the most was helpful.
This isn't a book about any of that. This is a book about the elite runner and the near-mythic life they lead and the select group of running gods they surround themselves with (poorly written in a high-school-and-college-were-the-best-years-of-my-life kind of way replete with fraternal shenanigans and the smugness of the naturally gifted). People like me are dismissed in the first chapter as pathetic specimens using running to achieve some other ends that people like the author just can't comprehend.
I'm not knocking all of the work these elite athletes do, and realize it's not all just handed to them, but the tone of this book is just off. Instead of opening up that world and exploring, this book just has the feel of exclusion and exclusiveness. I'm definitely not inspired.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely fantastic. What an amazing writer, story teller and descriptor of the human experience! Highly recommended.Published 3 days ago by Richard Nauck
I really liked the book. It was compelling, but it got a bit wordy at times with minor details that was not very interestingPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a casual runner. I run because I love to run. I'm also pretty competitive when it comes to getting better, but the book actually made me feel like a lower class runner. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Charesse
... beautifully done, phenomenal story, I would watch the movie if there was one, but as always, it wouldn't rival the book in any capacity. Read morePublished 13 days ago by A Fan
One of my all-time favorite books. Loaned my original copy to a friend, so I bought another one.Published 14 days ago by Jordan Simmons
Great incite into the world of competitive running and the culture of athletics in general.Published 1 month ago by frogs1
What can you say about this classic? Full of the lore of running and runners in a fictional framework, it's a bit dated, but some intrinsic truths don't change.Published 1 month ago by D. Bond