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More Like Not Running Away

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Levi Revel is a boy in danger of losing his family and maybe his mind. He’s in awe of his father, Everest, a majestic dreamer, a master builder, a man with a violent, secret past. As the family moves from state to state, Levi hears solace in the voice of God, a voice that sends him preaching from treetops and roofs.

But the family begins to fall apart, and as Levi enters ad
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Sarabande Books
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May 27, 2016 Sonder rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I thought the writing was overall good, and the very realistic and detailed portrayal of people as dynamic elements was very good. That being said, the story was sort of hard for me to get through. It took a lot of energy for me to keep reading. There were points where I would put the book down for days and just not read in between. I never had any trouble stopping or walking away from it when I was under time constraints, which is not a good sign. In the end, I decided to just not finish the bo ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Bennett rated it liked it
The initial impression was that this would be a long version of Faulkner's "Barn Burning", but after the first 30 pages, Shepherd seemed to find his own stride and the narrator Levi begins to develop into a real character. Mr. Shepherd's phrasing is taught and somewhat stylized without ever feeling hurried or put-on, leaving a quasi-biblical aftertaste, like a McCarthy-infused aperitif.
Despite a few incongruities of characterization here and there, my only real complaint with this otherwise exc
Billy Dunn
Feb 21, 2012 Billy Dunn rated it liked it
The book copy i had was only like 248 pages but it was an okay book. A good family story with a lot of struggle and confusion. I would only give it a three star because it seemed a little to mature for me. Its a lot about family and the struggle between a boy and his dad.
Sarah Moon
Nov 16, 2009 Sarah Moon rated it liked it
I found this book a little slow to draw me in, but once it did I found the disfunction of the family to be real and very lifelike. The main character was a bit confusing to understand what was really going on with him, but he was lovable just the same.
Feb 26, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
This is a sleeper of a novel... one of those books that pulls you into the story to the point that reading becomes like living beside the characters. The development of the story was natural and climactic.
Jun 24, 2008 Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
From the flap, this book promised me tales of spiritual depth... instead I got an average book that felt to me like a young adult novel. Not a terrible book, but it definitely let me down.
Jul 25, 2009 Nura rated it it was ok
sometimes we had to choose, to run away or stay and face the problem. I amazed with Levi's persistence believe in his father.
Jan 23, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Very thought provoking book by Paul Shepherd. Really captures real life moments, a very good read.
Ruth Vanderhart
Dec 31, 2010 Ruth Vanderhart rated it liked it
Beautifully written, but oppressive, bleak. I admired this book but didn't like it.
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Sep 20, 2016 Jeanette Minniti rated it it was amazing
amazing writing
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Nov 27, 2009 Lana Hasper rated it liked it
Van K.
Jan 29, 2008 Van K. rated it really liked it
A lot.
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