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Ron McLarty (1947–2020)

Autor(a) de The Memory of Running

6+ Works 2,483 Membros 90 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Inclui os nomes: Ron McLarty, Ron MacLarty

Obras de Ron McLarty

The Memory of Running (2004) 2,107 cópias
Traveler (2007) 237 cópias
Art in America: A Novel (2006) 92 cópias
The Dropper (2010) 42 cópias
Viajero (2008) 3 cópias

Associated Works

Deuses Americanos (2001) — Narrador, algumas edições33,687 cópias
Salem's Lot (1998) — Narrador, algumas edições16,404 cópias
Notes from a Small Island (1995) — Narrador, algumas edições9,843 cópias
Just After Sunset (2008) — Narrador, algumas edições5,438 cópias
Split Second (2003) — Narrador, algumas edições4,475 cópias
Blaze (2007) — Reader, algumas edições4,419 cópias
Hour Game (2004) — Narrador, algumas edições4,269 cópias
Stone Cold (2007) — Narrador, algumas edições3,941 cópias
Last Man Standing (2001) — Reader, algumas edições3,372 cópias
The Longest Ride (2013) — Narrador, algumas edições3,201 cópias
The Innocent (2012) — Reader, algumas edições2,953 cópias
Zero Day (2011) — Narrador, algumas edições2,867 cópias
Hell's Corner (2010) — Narrador, algumas edições2,553 cópias
True Blue (2009) — Reader, algumas edições2,532 cópias
The Hit (2013) — Narrador, algumas edições2,426 cópias
The Forgotten (2012) — Reader, algumas edições2,403 cópias
Polar Shift (2005) — Narrador, algumas edições2,005 cópias
The Target (2014) — Narrador, algumas edições1,977 cópias
L. A. Requiem (1999) — Narrador, algumas edições1,839 cópias
The Wolf Gift (2012) — Reader, algumas edições1,444 cópias
Be Cool (1999) — Narrador, algumas edições1,404 cópias
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers (2005) — Narrador, algumas edições1,366 cópias
A Season of Gifts (2009) — Narrador, algumas edições785 cópias
Hark! (2004) — Reader, algumas edições402 cópias
The Chicken Doesn't Skate (1996) — Narrador, algumas edições364 cópias
Bullseye - An Original Short Story (2014) — Narrador, algumas edições295 cópias
Stationary Bike (2006) — Narrador, algumas edições239 cópias
The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot (2001) — Narrador, algumas edições229 cópias
The Naked Detective (2000) — Narrador, algumas edições136 cópias
The Camel Club Audio Box Set [Abridged Audiobook] (2007) — Reader — 27 cópias
Spenser For Hire: The Complete Second Season (2015) — Actor — 7 cópias
Spenser For Hire: The Complete Third Season (2015) — Actor — 6 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
McLarty, Ron
Nome de batismo
McLarty, Ronald William
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(2004)Pretty good chronicle of one man trying to cope with the loss of his parents and sister all within weeks of each other. He finds himself on a cross country bicycle ride on a 3-speed Raleigh and starts out at over 280 pounds, heavy smoker & drinker. Transforms himself by the time he gets to Los Angeles.
derailer | outras 74 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
I was surprised to like this book. When the person who lent it to me gave me a brief synopsis of the story -- a guy who just starts biking one day after his family died and keeps going -- I immediately said "That sounds like [b:The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry|13227454|The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry|Rachel Joyce|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1335816092s/13227454.jpg|18156927]." It is very similar, but different enough that I would not say they are the same stories on either side of the pond. Both involve someone unlikely to start a pilgrimage who do just that, both have contact with a woman "back home", both have to figure out themselves and get perspective on life, both meet interesting people along the way, and both are interpersed with a story from the past. This book is humbler than Harold Fry, both in how it tells the story and the protagonist himself. It is always first person POV. And of course, this one is about cycling, not walking. I like the back story in this book better, Smithy's sister Bethany who suffers from schizophrenia or maybe multiple personality disorder (whatever it currently is called) and how the family has to continually search for her.

The weird part of this book is Norma, the girl next door who has loved Smithy since she was a child. She still harbours a deep love for him, but it is so weird. He's barely talked to her in 30 years; she (and the author) insist that she is a strong, independent person, yet her love is obsessive and founded on a childhood dream. Yes, their relationship develops through Smithy's journey, but it's premise is not realistic, to me.
Still, worth a read.
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LDVoorberg | outras 74 resenhas | Dec 24, 2023 |
The therapist character on HBO's "In Treatment" gave this novel a new life. Paul seemed ready to dump his girlfriend because she blew off his recommendation of this book. Maybe a scriptwriter's conceit, plugging a book by an actor with a recurring role on "Law & Order." Or maybe an ironic joke, name-checking a book populated by clueless characters, in a series filled with unreliable narrators.

Well, I stumble through life stumbling on books about men stumbling through life. Must be part of the zeitgeist. The police procedural fits an awkward man comfortably in border-town life. Here an alcoholic assembly-line inspector flees his troubles, or sorts through them in flashback. He's haunted by her crazy sister's ghost, the most believable part of a picaresque trip in which Smithy cheerfully endures all manner of abuse.

After cycling cross-country Smithy hasn't traveled very far, or at least it's no spoiler alert that he ends up clean and sober with the girl next door. He's still kind of clueless, but maybe it's comforting to Middle Age Man that he's working on it.
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rynk | outras 74 resenhas | Jul 11, 2021 |



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