At the same time, the story of his family is told in flashback, especially the story of his sister, who is stricken with schizophrenia in the prime of her life. At least 40% of the book deals with Bethany, and I don't know anything about her other than that she's beautiful and crazy. During this impossible trip, he rediscovers his life while going through amazing and yet believable experiences with different people throughout the country. Hot dogs are food made by someone who cooks a lot but has no real concept of nutrition. Bethany disappears in her early adult life, Smithy's parents die from an auto accident and Smithy is left a lonely, obese, aging man with no direction and little ambition. And they said, no, but we wouldn't have read it if Stephen King hadn't liked it, especially at your age. It had a terrific premise and even better execution.
McLarty is an accomplished narrator - besides Running, he has provided the narrative for a number of , including 's and the unabridged audiobook by the abridged version is narrated by the former president himself. The present chapters are all consecutive, but his memories of the past jump around somewhat. Through the author's voice and diction, he made the constant and sometimes bumpy obstacle course from past to present, from present to past and from past to future seem relatively smooth and his voice lent a very descriptive feel to the image conjured up for Smith's appearance and personality. What followed was an entertaining listen, sincere retrospection of my own life, and a main character I will not soon forget. Dull or dopey: These days that's pretty much your choice at the bookstore. This book was in turns hilarious and touching. And it is subtly told in a way that makes you cheer for him as his mind clears and he regains his life.
What place does that leave for Ron McLarty an actor, playwright, and chronic insomniac who scribbled the tale of Smithy Ide in the wee hours of the morning, on a succession of yellow legal pads? All in all, I really loved this book and I sincerely hope he continues writing! And at nearly 300 lbs, and riding anywhere from seven to twenty miles a day, he subsists just fine on bananas, protein bars, tuna fish and water? Let the emotions and characters wash over you slowly to absorb every drop. I liked most everything about this book. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. It is lovingly written, with great love for all the characters, and the reading makes you a part of the book. Louis, Denver, and Phoenix, to name a fewhe encounters humanity at its best and worst and adventures that are by turns hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary. When his parents die in a car crash just as news arrives that his schizophrenic sister Bethany has passed away on the streets of Los Angeles, Smithy saddles up his childhood Raleigh bicycle and embarks on a cross-country quest to claim his sister's body. The story is about a man in his 40s who is overweight, a smoker, an alcoholic, and has a dead-end job.
He has spent all his money on hot dogs and eaten them and while he reflects that hot dogs are not good food, they feel like they should be good food. He went through that process in such an extreme and unrealistic way, that it made the novel non-enjoyable. A quick read that will leave you desperate to talk about this book! She feels sorry for herself, and Smithy feels sorry for her, and the reader is expected to pity her too. I was far less impressed with the present-day journey. But you can experience it, and I'm all but positive that you'll thank me for the tip if you do.
I would not have chosen it otherwise. Ron McClarty does an excellent job of transporting you through the emotional and physical journey of the main character. I thought this book was one for the classic shelf! Through all the tragedies that befall him, Smithson Ide's decency and appreciation of the great gift of life lift him to a higher existence. So, instead of coming over and hanging out with the Ide kids, Norma stayed in her living room and peered sadly out the blinds at the people who couldn't be bothered to come over and say hi. Get drunk and do something stupid and dangerous. I have never done this.
The story is about a man in his 40s who is overweight, a smoker, an alcoholic, and has a dead-end job. Every decade seems to produce a novel that captures the public's imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. And the story of how this book got published he couldn't find a publisher and ended up recording it himself as an audiobook that somehow Stephen King heard and pushed through his own publisher is just great! Every decade seems to produce a novel that captures the public's imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. In the story, Smithy's parents die suddenly, and on a drunken whim, he starts to ride his Raleigh bike. The journey that Smithy embarks on isn't a particularly exciting one. Kept me reading, wanting to know more about him, and about his sister too.
Then, throw in the neighbor, a girl who always idolized Smithy and his sister until she's paralyzed in a car accident and they all sort of slowly stop visiting her, and I was hooked. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design. At first, Smithy annoyed me, but as he discovered himself, the reader got to learn who he really is and that the person he had become was simply the chrysalis before the butterfly. Things like this really ruin books for me. Norma has a big spiel in the beginning of the novel about how self-reliant she is, how she makes good money and is strong and fit and can get herself up the porch on her own power and how she never feels sorry for herself. It had a terrific premise and even better execution. She's an object, not a person.
A person then has to happen himself. One of Ron McLarty's day jobs, you see, is narrating for Recorded Books, a company that's been producing unabridged novels on audio since 1979. A very moral and human story. Rolling down the driveway of his parents' house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption. Like a faint image of the book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, he can't seem to stop and without realizing why, sets off on a bicycle ride that will take him from Providence, Rhode Island to California; a ride that will take him from floundering to freedom; a ride that will fill his lungs to capacity with love and life.
Ron McLarty is a wonderful reader, and he has a glimmer of hope as a writer. Literally and figuratively, he has shed the weight of his past. On the road he meets the good, the bad, and the really bad. Smithy is traumatised by his life experiences and he has responded by withdrawing into himself along with destructive behavior. I can say for certain though that I'm glad I did buy it and read it. McLarty continued with the production when it moved to in 1972. Rita reached for the lantern.