Once a Runner Paperback – Nov 1978
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"By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner. . . a marvelous description of the way it really is." -- Kenny Moore, of Sports Illustrated
"I hate to use a clich, but I couldn't put it down." -- Joe Henderson, Runner's World
"I'm jealous. This is very close to the kind of book I've wanted to write for years. . . [Parker] has shown an ability to find that vein that runners have within them, and write about it better than anyone ever has." -- Don Kardong, of Runner's World
"I've read `Once a Runner' six times and still enjoy it immensely. It continues to renew my heart to `go after the fire, not the smoke." -- J.A. Sandoz, Olympia, WA
"My 17-year-old son was transfixed with `Once a Runner'. . ." -- Jon Boon, Columbia, MD
"Perhaps the best novel ever written about running. There are parts of Once a Runner that are pure poetry. I have never read descriptions of what it is to run and race as accurate and compelling as Parker's." -- Tom Jordan, Track & Field News
"The best piece of running fiction around. Beg, borrow, or buy a copy, and you'll never need another motivator." -- Dave Langlais, Runner's World
"There is a remarkable parallel between the pacing of this novel and a well-run race." -- Ed Ayres, Running Times
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Top Customer Reviews
Great vacation reading.
novels about sports are few and far between, and even fewer and farther are any of them any good. this one is awesome. once a runner covers all of the aspects of a sport that i do and love, and yet it does so without elitist bents of any kind, and it does so through the story of a quirky and loveable character so unassuming that any audience, runner or otherwise, can relate and enjoy his story instantly. to top it off, the writing is excellent.
many stories are written about athletes and their sports, and most come up short in either a truthful-yet-fascinating communication about the nuanced difficulties of the sport, or in the quality of writing. so many pros have their bio and they all go something like: it was really hard, and then i was awesome, and, yeah... ugh. this story is not that story. this story is poignant and true and based in hard things like running and loneliness and it rises to grand goals and ridiculous dreams. i cannot recommend this book highly enough. i cannot believe it took me so long to discover it.
Most recent customer reviews
`Once a Runner` is a must read for every semi-competitive runner or anyone even remotely interested in running. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2011 by DanWay
Back in junior high school, I used to read biographies of sports heroes, like Stan Musial. These books were written with 13 year olds in mind. Read morePublished on June 6 2009 by Oliver
John L. Parker does a fantastic job of capturing the mindset of a serious runner. Anyone who has blacked out in the home stretch, or performed the self mutilation of a twenty mile... Read morePublished on June 1 2004
I find it hard to believe that anyone who has ever run track would not enjoy this book. If you know what it's like coming to the last straightaway at the end of a 1600 or a 800,... Read morePublished on May 25 2004
I did not like this book.
The narrative, loosely structured, concerns itself with the ambitions of a college runner, Quenton Cassidy. Read more
This book is a disappointing read, and it makes me wonder if the publisher and writer think so little of running readers that they would allow something to be published that is so... Read morePublished on May 19 2004