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Good but drags on a bit
on 24 June 2010
Starts off with a good concept, giving a bit of childhood biography and then jaw-dropping accounts of ultramarathon running. Inspirational reading which (almost) makes you want to run all night. Three criticisms though: First, once we read about the Western States 100 and how agonising it was subsequent accounts of running in Death Valley and Antarctica are very similar. Second criticism, Karnazes (not without justification) has a very high opinion of himself and really plays the suffering brave martyr, sometimes sickeningly so. Finally, I don't like biographical writing which miraculously records dialogue - how could Karnazes have remembered verbatim the conversations that he had with race marshalls 15 years ago? I know we're not meant to believe it but it annoys me nevertheless. I'm glad I read this book, but I won't be buying Karnazes' '50 Marathons' book; I think it's just likely to be more of the same.