Thursday, August 07, 2008

Book 53 of 52 -- Ron McLarty's The Memory of Running

I think anyone, especially any male, past the mid-teens should enjoy and benefit from this book.

It strikes me as one that could be read along with "Catcher in the Rye" and "Huckleberry Finn" for a quick overview of how unusual guys grow up and cope with life.

Smithy, the protagonist, responds to grief and to his own dissapation after a war wound by taking off on an unplanned road trip across the country on his old beater bicycle.

He grows in maturity, ability and strength and tells a good tale.

Easy to read and enjoy. I learned some things from Smithy at the age of under 40.

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