Monday, August 19, 2013

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

My Rating:  4.3

Smithy Ide is a simple 43 year old Vietnam vet who eats and drinks most of his day.  A week after his parent's die in a car accident, overweight Smithy Ide goes for a bike ride.....and keeps on going.  On this wonderful grief stricken journey, we learn so much about Smithy, his long lost sister Bethany, his neighbor Norma and so much else.
The Memory of Running
This is a cross between Flowers for Algenon and Forrest Gump - you just have to go with it.  I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet book.  The only criticism I would have is that the author went into excruciating detail of EVERY thing - from the backgroun of every person that Smithy met on his journey to the book that Smithy read every evening.  If you can overlook that, then this book will warm your heart.

1 comment:

  1. I've had a copy for a few years and haven't started it yet. Thanks: Your blogpost is the incentive to start reading it!