©2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2010 John L. Parker Jr.
Along with Once a Runner this book Again to Carthage has insights in what makes a runner tick that only another runner will ever know. By that I`m talking about those of us who define ourselves by that name who come to life at the mention of it and never need to be asked twice to go training.There are chapters in this book that made me cry tears of joy as i tooled along one of my regular bush tracks as i heard what could have been my own words in how i described myself and what running meant to me. I felt myself becoming Quinten because i felt the same. I am an Ironman legend triathlete and a 30 time marathoner I am an undertaker of the difficult task, and the book enunciated perfectly. In the chapter of the marathon trials i felt and knew like an old friend every step, every feeling and emotion that Quinten had and Johns description of that was perfect for me. If you want a book about races splits times and results then read something else. This book is a continuation of the life and the real meaning of what a real runner feels and dreams about. In short to put in the effort he did demands a committment to running that trancends a race or a result. It is something much deeper than that. It is a book about looking into your heart and soul. I have it on my iPod and this book as well as Once a Runner are now my constant companions as day after day i take the miles of trials and trials of miles.
I read Once a Runner years ago when I was in High School and it was a great narrative to motivate me at the time. Now that I'm graduated from College, I liked the way Parker brings you through what it's like to have "commitment issues" with your running and get back into the sport.
I loved Once a runner, listened to it 3 times. I fell a sleep more than once during Carthage, boring, boring boring. Should have quit whilst he was ahead.
If you are thinking of purchasing this book and expect it to be about running with many motivational passages about training or racing.... don't do it! If you expect to read a story about an inspirational comeback to make you feel good.... don't do it! If you expect to be entertained with pages full of interesting characters and stories.... don't do it! If you expect to laugh, cry, applaud or anything other than yawn.... don't do it! That being said, if you can't possibly find any other book on which to completely waste a credit.... do it!
The sequel to Once A Runner, like the original, is worth multiple readings. Parker is a gifted storyteller and there are morsels of wisdom, especially for runners of all abilities, within the pages. It takes quite a few chapters to get into the running saga of Cassidy's quest, but it's worth the delayed gratification. Parker is witty and his vivid, detailed prose brings the story to life. I've both read and listened to this book, both are worth the time. I've especially enjoyed listening while out running, and likely will do it with this and other Parker books.
All the things you expect in a a John L Parker Jr. novel. The pains of training intertwined with lots of family backstory. And of course a climactic race. Definitely should be read after Once A Runner and Racing the Rain. Highly recommended.
I just finished listening to all 3 books in this series by John L Parker for a second time. I listen while I run, and I love all three stories. Having grown up running in the pine scrub forests of central Florida BD (Before Disney), I can see Parker's vivid characters and scenes in my mind's eye. As an older runner coming out of rehab, I can relate to the main character's longing to get back in the game. It's not all sunshine and roses. The hardships and the challenges are what make the story compelling. Patrick Lawlor does an excellent job narrating all three books. An awesome series. Now I want to start all over again.
Met my expectations. Expelled any ennui as to why we run, why we strive toward unknown limits. The narration captured and moved attention along the tempestuous narrative leading to the fitting climax in the race.
While most would certainly cite the description of the final race as the most memorable focus of the book, while thoroughly enjoyed, for myself it was the almost distracting innumerable interjections of reflection, pondering and introspection of the protagonist. True not only for the runner, but for all who seek to knit an unfathomable world into some semblance of a unity as perceived from a single vantage. The ten thousand paths our thoughts travel in seeking a way home. The things we think and imagine when there is no one there as witness other than our own, too often derisive self.
Not so much anecdotes as much as pandering of a restlessness that exists within us, that part of us that remains wild and untamed despite all the external forces that rail against it. This is what stays with me and for what I am grateful that Mr. Parker Jr. penned his sequal.
Slow start and I nearly gave up. Glad I didn't. The book does a good job of balancing the excitement of racing with the realisation of mortality and other sobering themes. I wound up loving this book.
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