Memory Of Running
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Here's how it goes:
Fat, lonely, drunk (FLD) loses both of his parents due to an accid...more
The Memory Of Running is basically a road novel, the story of one man's redemption; it's about growing up, getting older, family and friends, mental illness and the Vietnam War. Smithy, a 43 year old Purple Heart recipient of the Vietnam War, is overweight and he drinks and smokes too much. With a lousy job, no friends, no girlfriend and an apartment he hates, he has just his parents and too many unhappy memories for company. After a tragedy strikes at home, Smithy sets off on a quixotic bike ri...more
I couldn't get past the whole "you have got to be kidding" syndrome. Come on. A forty-something, 300 lb. alcoholic smoker gets on his childhood bike one day and just keeps going? Okay, maybe he found inner strength to not miss the vodka, and to ignore what I am sure would have to be serious physica...more
I am currently listening to an audio version of this book. The author seems to jump around; can't seem to stay one subject; he rambles from one subject to the next without finishing what he was previously saying. Annoying.
I heard about this book via a Goodreads group. One of the members said that this was her favorite audio book. Hmmmm.
I listened to 4 out of the 11 discs in this set. The plot is very thin. I've decided not to finis...more
He gets through the initial stages of loss by remembering touching yet difficult memories of his sister, and sharing many of his painful secrets with a woman. A great get-off-your-ass awakening that revea...more
The disease will rob his sister of everything - her connections to family...more
This book is a testament to it and as such is a success. Other than that, it isn't believable. The story is written in very short chapters that alternate between memories and current events in the life of Smithy, a not very appealing middle-aged man. The technique works well. The story is ne...more
The novel really picks up once Smithy's life falls apart, jolting Smithy out of his rut(s). But even before then, McLarty does a fantastic job keeping the reader engaged by giving us flashbacks to the boy that Smithy was and the disaster that i...more
Smithson Ide (Smithy) is 43, a self-described loser working at a toy factory, friendless, a chain-smoker, a drunk and seriously overweight (279 lbs), when a family tragedy pushes him to DO something. Coming across his old Raleigh bicycle in a corner of his parents’ garage, Smithy starts pedaling … and then keeps pedaling on a journey across America and towards a new life.
The novel is told in alternating chapters – one giving the background on the Ide fami...more
Smithson is a problematic protagonist; he is a person with initially such low esteem that he is willing to accept any accusation that is hurled at him. This...more
Smithy is an adult who grew up under the horrible love and loss of having a sibling who has mental illness. Someone who he loves unconditionally but yet has no power to help. As a result, he has buried himself in alcohol and weight as he and his parents try to live a life of "normalcy" where nothing is normal and everything is just a phone call away. For Smithy, this means he is stuck in adolescence since t...more
Smithy Ide is 43 years old, he is an overweight, chain-smoking alcoholic with a job he is not proud of and few friends to speak of. In one short week, his life is flipped upside down, his parents are killed in a car crash in Maine and his sister, Bethany, shows up dead in a Los Angeles morgue. Smithy ends up on a journey that takes him across America, on his old Raleigh bicycle, departing from his parents home in Rhode Island.
As Smithy travels across the country we learn about his parents, his s...more
Ron McLarty has joined the ranks of writers of the quirky hero with The Memory of Running. His hero, Smithy Ide, is in the grand tradition of Ignatius J. Reilly of A Confederacy of Dunces and Quoyle of The Shipping News. What these gentlemen have in common is their lumpen-loser looks, their outsider status and their general befuddlement about the way the world works and their place in it. Smithy rises above them because of his self-effacing nature, his great capacity for love, his inability to...more
Perhaps, this being my 2nd read, some of it will consciously stick.
For some reason the actual events had been totally erased after my first bout;
but while reading it this time, I found it surprising that I noted the exact same
quotes as I had the first time. Deja vu, or have I not advanced one iota from the first read?
I would recomment it. Read it, and then do what it is you need to do.
Quotes : "When you're a kid, place is everything....more
Bethany's mental illness was terrifying and it was compounded by treatment that I would have to say is typical. I grew up in a family that worked in the mental health fie...more
McLarty is also noted for his body of work as one of the country’s leading audiobook narrators having done over 100 titles including the narration of books authored by Stephen King, Danielle Steel, Richard Russo, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain, David Baldacci and S...more