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The Long Run (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly

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After nearly twenty years of chasing oblivion, a fight in a bar reveals to a newly sober Mishka Shubaly that he is able to run long distances. Despite his best attempts to dodge enlightenment and personal growth, the irreverent young drunk and drug abuser learns to tame his self-destructive tendencies through ultrarunning. His outrageous sense of humor, however, rages unabated.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 124 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ANFPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  283 reviews
40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self Pity Eloquence Dec 1 2011
By Creighton Yost - Published on Amazon.com
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I hoped this book would be more about running through your problems, but 90% of it is the author working on how many ways that he can convince you that he was the hardest core druggie/alcoholic ever. He's good at it, and he's eloquent, but it's a book about self hate more than running as a metaphor.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and depressing Jan. 23 2012
By Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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It sounds like a great story, but in reality, this authors memoir is extremely dark and depressing although it is very well written.
45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars self aggrandizement? Jan. 25 2012
By R. Mccloud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading some of the reviews for both of this author's books, I am conflicted. While he is a good writer in terms of descriptive terms, I think he falls into a trap of glorifying his addictions - ad nauseam.
I rapidly skimmed through most of this mini-kindle book as well as his other one - in one day - and made a resolution to not read him again.
93 of 114 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More about being a drunk than a runner Oct. 31 2011
By T. L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe I was hoping for something different. I don't think I was expecting something as inspiring as Dean Karnazes' "Run," but I also wasn't expecting something as depressing as this book turned out to be. Percentage-wise, 80% of this book is about the author's adventures and exploits as an alcoholic and drug-addict, and about 20% of the book is about running. I do appreciate the author's honesty--he's every bit as nihilistic as he claims to be. I'm giving it two stars because the author can at times be humorous, and the ending story about helping Luis on his 100-miler was a great story to end with. Other than that, the book is somewhat choppy (there's really not a flow that the reader can easily piece together), and was over the top with profanity at times. The author has talent and potential as a writer, and I would encourage him to keep writing and honing his skill. I would consider buying his material again in the future, but would hope that he would title the book in accordance with the primary subject of the book. Just being honest; and as honest as Mishka seems, I'd think he would understand and appreciate my honesty. :)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Feb. 5 2012
By LL - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the single is a description about the author's drug days. It's a well-written and easy read but nothing new or terribly interesting here if you're familiar with addiction at all... He's a smart guy who doesn't care, blah blah blah, uses drugs, blah blah, "Strong" enough to just quit drugs cold-turkey--no program, counseling not helpful, blah... Running ultra-long distances "saved" him.

In purchasing this single I was more interested in the running-redemption connection than anything else, as in how running made him feel or how it changed his perspective or how it helped him confront issues of his past. I didn't get any of that in this book. I saw no real growth in the author-- only the discovery that pushing himself to his utmost physical limit distracted him enough to allow him to be able to hold back his drug addiction. If he were to be injured again for a long period of time it seems there'd be a high potential for falling back on old behaviors.
It's not that I expected him to emerge at the end a totally cured, perfect human being, I just expected more of a delve into the personal and philosophical connection between running and recovering rather than a mere description of how he started running.

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acedia is sorrow so complete that the flesh prevails completely over the spirit. You dont just turn your back on the world, you turn your back on God. You dont care, and you dont care that you dont care. &quote;
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The tragedy is not that youre gonna die this way, my mother had said to me once, its that you live this way. &quote;
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Better my knees end early from overuse than my life end early from underuse. &quote;
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