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Monday, June 11, 2012

Run by Ann Patchett, Read by Jeff Harding

borrowed from elibrary via MediaOverdrive
Description from the author's website:

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive and ambitious father. As the former Mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all his children, safe.

Set over a period of 24 hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from one another, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her best selling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.
My Take:

I actually downloaded this on my elibrary twice. I would listen to about 3 chapters and would lost interest. I cannot quite explained it since this is the same author who wrote Bel Canto, a book which fascinated and captivated me. Perhaps my feelings is better explained by Leah Hager Cohen's review. I just keep waiting for that something, or anything that will make me emotionally invest in a character of the story. By the time I listened to it again, and almost made it all the way through, I was still apathetic to the story. I wasn't annoyed or made or rooted to any of the characters. I am one of those readers who must feel something for anyone in the book or it is nearly impossible to finish a book. I wasn't drawn into the story by the beauty of the narrative. Sometimes, a story unfolds like a movie, and even if it's not my type of story, I would still finish it just because. This story didn't do any of these things for me. I planned to read or listen to this story one more time. When that happens, I will amend this review accordingly. As of this moment, I have to say that this wasn't a book for me.


  1. Hello dear,
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  2. Hiya! I just came across your blog by chance and as I love books, I could not help leave a comment. I wanted to read this book because I enjoyed Bel Canto, but as I read your review, I do not know if I will for now. I'll wait for your next comments about it first maybe.

    See you
    Lara Emilie @

    1. Hi, unfortunately, I still cannot read the book. It's supposed to be good, but it's not tugging at me like Bel Cantu did.

      If you want a good book to read, try The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. That was one great read.

  3. Hi! Thanks for your comment and advice ;)It's funny because I picked up Zoya from a friend's bookshelf because I had no other books with me (yes, unbelievable, I know). It's not normally the kind of books I read but so far I enjoy reading it!
    I waited for so long before reading one of Dan Brown's because I did not like everybody reading them ;) I know, silly, but now I'll probably go on with others as I enjoyed this one ;) I'll have a look at the Bronze horseman, thanks for your advice!

    1. I think it's awesome that you can read book in French, Spanish, English and something else.