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Posted January 7, 2014
This is the only book I ever ordered on my Nook that I wish I had not ordered. I'm thankful that it was paid by gift card as I did not even finish it. It seemed to me to be over 300 pages of the same thing. No point that I could discern. I would not recommend this book to any one of my friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2013
I have never become so immersed in a story that I found myself facing my own personal demons right along with the protagonist.
While very painful at times, this novel proved to be nothing short of cathartic. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone, but
especially anyone who feels like they must be the only one who has ever felt this way. And definitely for anyone looking for a friend.
You will find one in this book; and perhaps the one inside of you again in the process.
Posted November 26, 2013
When Sally Lane Brookman gets hit by a Metro bus, it shatters her suburban world. But it does more than just damage her body; when she begins the long and painful process of physical recovery, she realizes that she's broken in more places than any doctor could ever see. Her injuries were the catalyst that cracked open a vault of nightmares that had been hidden for years.
I didn’t want to read I RUN, I had to read it. Slowly opening the cover like a frightened child, I was sucked down a dark hole in the pages. Scared to death yet in love with the feeling of falling through this black abyss at Sally’s side, I just couldn’t catch my breath. Suddenly, I was enlightened to addiction by a 2000 watt bulb in the face. My body was beaten and brutalized by the abuse she endured. Demons were all around, crawling over me, feasting on my empty shell. I was collapsing from the inside out but I had to save Sally. In the end, she saved me.
There is urgency to this book; urgency to believe in the faith and resilience of the human spirit, understand environments and events that shape our lives, and learn how to cope while repairing the fragile body and psyche of that which we have become. The path is intense, heartbreaking, uplifting, despairing, inspiring, merciless, insightful, and painful but the phoenix that rises from the ash is nothing short of beautiful. There’s no other way to describe I RUN except, powerful. I will be thinking about this book for years to come.
I RUN is a brilliantly written encounter between hell and a soul that refuses to surrender. It’s a modern classic making those that came before seem uninteresting and shallow by comparison. Farris has shown us all how to write an enduring tale that will withstand the test of time.
Posted November 1, 2013
Over the years, I lost touch with literary fiction. Because of that, I started thinking I really didn’t like it. It was too heavy. It was too dark. A story without noticeable plot and lots of action was boring. Entertainment and escapism was too important. The excuses piled up. However, the simple truth was I let the “intellectual” part of my brain get lazy. Thank you, E. L. Farris, for saving me. I Run was not only a great read, but it also made me remember how to appreciate the psychological depth of a character (Sally), the universal truths about human behavior, and the wondrous trials and tribulations of just being.
Farris writes powerful prose that is nearly poetry. There is a rhythm within her stream-of consciousness writing style that is free, magnificent, and liberating. Because of it, I became Sally and was no longer reading. I was the story.
However, being inside the story isn’t easy. Sally is broken physically, mentally, and spiritually. After an accident involving a bus slamming into her car, she realizes how messed up she really is. She’s hurt, full of self-blame, rejection, and self-destruction. All the years of suppressing the exploitations of her childhood have caught up with her. Not knowing what else to do, she becomes obsessed with running. Only, it’s not really running. It’s running away.
Within Sally’s personal dilemmas, there are fragments of so many people who I know or have known. It could have been painful reading, but it wasn’t. This is not a tale of agony. It is the story of Sally’s determination and self-discovery. No matter how tormented, she keeps fighting to overcome the sexual and mental abuses of the child within¿she keeps trying to protect the child who never had a chance to be. Sally’s story¿as she faces her fears and self-doubts; her need to be strong for her children, her husband, and herself; her search for her soul, and her desire to stand up to her mother, if only she could¿sends a message of hope and survival. Her journey makes me believe that all those fragments of people, myself included, have a chance.
Posted October 27, 2013
From the beginning of I Run, the reader is drawn into the life of Sally Lane Brookman. Her extraordinary journey where she has to fight the demons of her childhood abuse. The pain and suffering of a near death experience after a Metro buss accident which led to substance abuse. And yet this was not all she had to face. She found refuge in running. Their she could feel save, forget, and make the voices in her head be still! But due to the accident Sally had to face the greatest challenge of all! And it is here where the true value of I Run shines trough! With the love and grace of God, she learns to accept herself, to value herself and eventually finds her way HOME! EL Farris is truly a phenomenal writer who possesses the gift to write fiction but make you feel as if it is your life and feelings she is describing! I loved Sally, and am sure that any body who reads I Run will on some level connect with Sally! I will definitely recommend this book to all my friends!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2013
It isn't often I have the pleasure of reading a literary masterpiece that is so compellingly written I can't stop reading. I Run, a novel in the Sally Lane Brookman Series by E.L. Farris, is an excellent work of literary fiction.
Sally battles Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, addictions, mania and depression. When she's hit by a bus her world is turned upside down. The injuries she fights go much further than her physical self and she discovers the slippery slopes of a badly damaged psyche.
Forced to confront the demons of a dark and disturbed past, she finds refuge in running, and, in running, she comes face to face her greatest adversary...her internal self.
Like a kaleidoscope, with each turn of the page the shards of Sally's life tumble, collapsing in upon themselves, only to tumble again, opening up in splendor, the fragments settling into new lines.
I run has a cast of complex characters and a very well managed plot line that carries the reader on an emotional, spiritual and oft times uplifting journey of self discovery.
Farris is a literary genius whose books will reside on my "shelf of excellence" beside other literary greats like J.D. Salinger, Ann Leary and Harper Lee.