John L. Parker Jr.
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About John L. Parker Jr.
John L. Parker, Jr. has written for Outside, Runner's World, and numerous other publications. He was the Southeastern Conference mile champion three times, and the United States Track and Field Federation national champion in the steeplechase, and was the teammate of Olympians Frank Shorter, Jack Bacheler, and Jeff Galloway on several championship cross-country teams. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism as well as its College of Law, Parker has been a practicing attorney, a newspaper reporter and columnist, a speechwriter for then Governor Bob Graham, and editorial director of Running Times magazine. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Bar Harbor, Maine.
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Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the novel follows Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school’s athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes’ protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team. Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life against the greatest miler in history.
A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one individual’s quest to become a champion.
Again to Carthage is the "breathtaking, pulse-quickening, stunning" sequel to Once a Runner that "will have you standing up and cheering, and pulling on your running shoes" (Chicago Sun-Times). Originally self-published in 1978, Once a Runner became a cult classic, emerging after three decades to become a New York Times bestseller. Now, in Again to Carthage, hero Quenton Cassidy returns.
The former Olympian has become a successful attorney in south Florida, where his life centers on work, friends, skin diving, and boating trips to the Bahamas. But when he loses his best friend to the Vietnam War and two relatives to life’s vicissitudes, Cassidy realizes that an important part of his life was left unfinished. After reconnecting with his friend and former coach Bruce Denton, Cassidy returns to the world of competitive running in a desperate, all-out attempt to make one last Olympic team. Perfectly capturing the intensity, relentlessness, and occasional lunacy of a serious runner’s life, Again to Carthage is a must-read for runners—and athletes—of all ages, and a novel that will thrill any lover of fiction.
Quenton Cassidy is the skinniest boy in school, and also one of the fastest. Cassidy spends his afternoons exploring his primal surroundings: the local river, the nearby ocean, the lakes, swamps, and forests that dominate the landscape of the Florida everglades. While adventuring, Cassidy befriends Trapper Nelson, an iconoclastic hunter who lives in an isolated compound on the riverbank.
By junior high, Cassidy dreams of becoming a basketball player, but Nelson’s influence runs deep and Cassidy begins to view running as a way to interact with the natural world. Warned of Nelson’s checkered past, Cassidy dismisses the stories as hearsay, until his town is rocked by the disappearance and apparent murder of a prominent judge and his wife. Cassidy’s loyalty to his friend is severely tested just as his opportunity to make his mark as a gifted runner comes to fruition.
Hailed by National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis as a “lovely novel that reminds us that what is most valuable is life is the spirit to accomplish impossible things,” Racing the Rain explores a small town’s secrets while vividly capturing the physical endurance, determination, and mindset required of a champion. “A celebration of the purity of the sport” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), it is an epic coming-of-age classic about the environments and friendships that shape us all.
«Il miglior romanzo sulla corsa mai scritto.»
Quenton Cassidy è un corridore della squadra di atletica della Southeastern University, e il suo sogno è soltanto uno: riuscire a percorrere un miglio in quattro minuti. Per raggiungere questo traguardo, si sottopone ogni giorno ad allenamenti intensi e sfiancanti. Alla corsa Quenton è disposto a sacrificare ogni cosa, dal suo rendimento nello studio all’amore per la sua ragazza Andrea: tutto, pur di arrivare a quel record che lo ossessiona. Tuttavia, quando l’università lo espelle dalla squadra di atletica per aver partecipato a delle proteste studentesche contro la guerra in Vietnam, il suo mondo sembra crollare. Sarà Bruce Denton, studente della Southeastern ed ex medaglia d’oro olimpica, a notare in Quenton le potenzialità del campione. Portato il ragazzo in un’isolata baita di montagna, Denton lo sottopone a un programma di allenamento speciale, in previsione di una gara a cui parteciperà anche uno dei migliori velocisti del mondo…
Il libro culto della corsa
«Di gran lunga il miglior racconto di com’è davvero la vita di un corridore.»
«C’è una notevole sincronia tra il ritmo di questo romanzo e quello di una corsa ben eseguita.»
«Un libro sulla corsa che è al tempo stesso un manuale di allenamento, un trattato religioso e una storia d’amore. Corsa per la vittoria è così stimolante che potrebbe essere considerato doping.»
«Ci sono parti di Corsa per la vittoria che sono pura poesia.»
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John L. Parker Jr
Nato nel 1947, è uno scrittore americano. Pubblicato nel 1978, Corsa per la vittoria è diventato un classico tra gli atleti di tutto il mondo. Citato come uno dei più grandi romanzi sportivi di tutti i tempi, racconta la storia dell’ambizione di un uomo che ha deciso di diventare un campione.