Record Details

Catalog Search

Available copies

  • 13 of 13 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Kershaw County Library System.

Current holds

0 current holds with 13 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Kershaw - Camden Library McLarty (Text) 33255002114966 Adult Fiction Available -
Kershaw - Elgin Library McLarty (Text) 33255002449123 Adult Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0670033634
  • ISBN: 9780670033638
  • Physical Description: 357 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Movie Adaptation Release Date: 2010 (USA) Screenplay by Ron McLarty
This novel is the story of Smithson Ide who grieves the death of his parents by getting on a Raleigh bicycle in his funeral suit and pedalling across America. (Gardners)
Summary, etc.:
Working as a quality control inspector at a toy factory in Rhode Island, friendless alcoholic Smithy Ide considers himself a loser until a tragic event prompts him to set off on an epic cross-country bicycle journey that promises him a final chance to become the man he has always wanted to be. (Baker & Taylor)
Part of a Review from Karl Allen for The 'voice' that Smithson's sister hears tells her to do things. It's the cause of the most shocking sequences in the book which vary from psychologically disturbing to insinuatingly gruesome. There's more than a little hint of a Stephen King-esque quality to all of this (Mr. King is, incidentally, a great champion of this book) and as Smithy rides along he sees his sister everywhere, pushing him along, encouraging him to discover what he needs to about himself and about her as he continues to ride and continues to go over the past in his mind. Of course, what Smithy does discover about himself is what we all guessed a while ago: that he no longer needs to run from his memories. But that's not really the point. The journey, the 'Hero's Quest" is the point and whether it's inspired by loss or desire what is ultimately attained or resolved can often be hard to quantify. It is the capturing of this allusive, intangibly human quality that makes THE MEMORY OF RUNNING so very, very good.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 4.6 15 88434
Subject: Life change events > Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) > Fiction.
Sisters > Death > Fiction.
Middle-aged men > Fiction.
Overweight men > Fiction.
Travelers > Fiction.
Cycling > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Adventure fiction.

Additional Resources