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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest book of all times about running
this book is the best book i've ever read about running. This books truly digs in to a runner's spirit and reveals it to the world. definitely a classic that shouldn't be missed by any running afficionado.
Published on 11 Aug. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a marathon in reverse
This book is like a marathon in reverse. It starts off weak and is quite painful to get through at times, but improves leading to a strong denouement (which is quite thrilling). In essence therefore it gets 2/3 stars for the first half and 4/5 for the latter. My overall rating reflects the fact that I am runner - my feeling being that if you aren't a runner you probably...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top five favorite books of all time!, 16 July 1999
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This review is from: Once a Runner (Paperback)
Simply a great book. Nothing comes closer to explaining what it is like to run on a college team. I have read it at least 4 times and loved it every time.
John Parker has outdone all others when it comes to writing about running. I only wish it were longer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...provides motivation to help me run harder and faster., 28 April 1999
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Cassaday's everyday toil with running and becoming the best is a very real-life depiction of how to be the best runner you can be. He sets an example of how hard work pays off, and how running is real. Through his turmoil with the school's authority and girlfriend problems this book is not only made for runners, but for anyone who enjoys good writing and a story of a person driven to attain a goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in running., 27 Dec. 1998
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Once a Runner is the top running book of all time. It explores a runner named Quenton Cassidy and his trials and tribulations as a runner. Even for the non runner, this book is a well written captivating novel that keeps your interest all the way. It gets you involved and feeling what the characters are feeling. It is a must buy for any lover of the sport and even those who know nothing about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book speaks to my soul!, 16 Sept. 1997
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Once a runner is easily the most inspiring book I've ever read. From the first time I read it in high school, through college and into life as a member of the working class, the book never lost any of it's magic. I still sit down sometimes and read it cover to cover in one sitting. After which I am inevitably inspired to go out and run 6 miles (no small feat for a sprinter). Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best depiction of what running is all about!!!, 12 May 1999
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john parker associates this book so closely to what running really feels like it is incredible, the best book I HAVE EVER READ!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother unless you're a glutton for punishment, 7 Feb. 1998
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This book is not only poorly written, but annoying as well. Weak plot, poor character development, and a portrayal of runners as self-obsessed egomaniacs results in a book of marginal quality. "Runners World" is more inspiring, uplifting, interesting, and better written than this book. The author should stick to running or writing non-fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enteraining romp through the life of a collegiate runner., 28 Aug. 1996
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I found this book very entertaining to read. It is a story about a college trackstar attempting to beat the 4:00 mile. Definately a book for runners, probably won't appeal and may be confusing to those of a normal disposition.

Quite readable, however some transitions were difficult to follow, and some metaphors, while entertaining, were not very clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Draw a breath, 9 Feb. 2011
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As a casual, British "jogger" I was a little hesitant to enter the world of the great American collegiate track team. I got right over that on the first page. I found myself drawn into every run, every mile, "every inch", as John L. Parker Jr. puts it. I must admit it truly got to me and left me breathless in the finale. Blistering stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Good, 14 Oct. 1998
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An unbelievable read. Crazy good. The most incredible account of a competitive runner that I have ever laid eyes on. This book lights a spark like nothing else. The first time I read this book I was laid up with the flu. What a mistake that was. I got even sicker as I trudged out of bed to go run. This book will do it to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely moving book. Every word is beautiful., 6 Aug. 1998
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Once a Runner is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It perfectly captures the trials of a runner. It is very inspirational and reminds the reader of the reason one runs. It is a runner's bible and can be reread over and over again. 5 stars, no question.
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