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A Fun Book for your next Vacation!,
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This review is from: Marathon: A Novel (Perfect Paperback)
I just came back from a 6 day vacation to Aruba and I brought just one book with me to read: Marathon, Hal Higdon. I started to read it on the plane ride down and finished it on the plane ride back. The book will always be linked in my mind with this wonderful trip. Indeed, it enhanced my vacation!
I am a 60 year old middle of the pack hobbyist with over 70 marathons under my belt. I've run marathons with 200 participants and others with 40,000 runners. I prefer the excitement of the larger marathons. Hal's book made me feel like I was a participant in a big city marathon even as I was sitting by a pool sipping pina coladas.
The characters in the book were real, some quirky, but never outlandish. I sank quickly and deeply into the various plot lines. Hal kept me guessing about almost every plot conclusion, with the notable but pleasant exception of boy gets girl (was there ever a doubt?!). And the last 100+ pages depicting the actual race - WOW! I couldn't put the book down, for as one plot line came to a stirring conclusion, an even more frenetic set of racers were hurtling towards the finish line. The book is written in an easy, natural style by someone who clearly knows his subject matter from the inside out.
Mr. Higdon, thank you for adding an extra dimension of memories to my Aruba excursion - you created my very own tropical marathon!