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Pain Paperback – June 13, 2006
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Richard Dubin drinks heartily and runs even more heartily while trying to balance a serious relationship with a girl he is captured by. He suffers from extreme nervousness before races and becomes so jaded from it that his perspectives and personality change dramatically. Many college runners can identify with this, even though they may not take the tenebrous turns Richard does. This is a blunt, realistic, and entirely compelling book that is excellently written without being difficult to read or comprehend. There's not a false ring to it, especially in the narration and the dialogue; even the tragic ending, which will leave you reeling long after you've finished reading the book and carries an unexpected twist, is not farfetched.Read more ›
The aptly named Richard Dublin crew seems to have been binge drinking 4+ nights per week. How did these guys ever train at a high level?
The running descriptions are good but a little short. He could have gone much deeper into the thoughts and physical feelings of the races. Generally this is true in all parts of the book.
The Dublin crew gets naked with other dudes on a nearly weekly basis. It is not sexual, just found it odd.
Spoiler alert: The ending is seriously depressing. Nobody ends up with anything positive or uplifting. As a reader I wondered what was the point.
I am not disappointed that I took the time to read this book, but it is not the best running fiction out there. It is just OK.
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Great fictitious rendering of what it's like to be a serious distance runner at a major university. Should be required reading for all high school recruits looking to run at the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by fmlong3
An obvious knock-off of Once a Runner, but the worst part is that it's sub-par writing. It feels like a high school essay that drones on an on... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Attila Boros
I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. I was shocked by the ending, but the book was a great read! Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Michael Lehew
The story is similar to Once a Runner in many ways. The difference was the way it ended and personal issues Richard deals with. But it was an interesting read and was a fast read.Published on February 22, 2013 by Timothy S. Stewart
Interesting story from the author and a similiar experience shared on many college campuses. The line in the sand between what is true and what is fiction can be lost in... Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by seton1320
I am not for the censorship of depressing material. However, this one really pushes it. I pushed through the book and was left disappointed at the end. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by Medina
This is, without exception, the worst book I have ever ordered from Amazon, and probably the worst I have bought anywhere. Read morePublished on July 30, 2009 by L. O'Connell
This is a great book. Anyone that has ever been a collegiate runner can relate. Hard training, a miserable coach, nights of drinking- this book describes the collegiate running... Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Chris Perkins