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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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I loved the honesty of this book, the clear description of feelings, and the hope that springs forth from a hopeless life.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self Pity Eloquence Dec 1 2011
By Creighton Yost - Published on
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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.
47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars self aggrandizement? Jan. 25 2012
By R. Mccloud - Published on
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More about being a drunk than a runner Oct. 31 2011
By TKKMFamily - Published on
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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. :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping to be inspired Jan. 4 2012
By JC - Published on
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but I wasn't. This felt more like an oral report than a memoir. I kept waiting for the "story" to begin vs. just the rattling off of drugs, running... alcohol, running. I wasted my money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars why read it? why write it? Nov. 21 2011
By Lori Nestore - Published on
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I'm all about recovery and survival books. But I found myself wondering if he wrote this just so he could tell us all his negative thoughts. Kept looking for some conclusion, something cheerful, no he died, what was the point? Just because he was a doper drunk and became a runner does not make his story good to read. The story is what it is but I did not like his attitude or the tempo of the book or the way it was written or how it ended. Thankfully I read fast so for me the story ended quickly.
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