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Run (2007)

por Ann Patchett

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"Engaging, surprising, provocative and moving...a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family." ?? Washington Post

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett comes an engrossing story of one family on one fateful night in Boston where secrets are unlocked and new bonds are formed.

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving possessive and ambitions father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see is 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 twenty-four 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 each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As an in her bestselling 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 child… (mais)

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The almost melodious writing style of Ann Patchett is, of course, this book's best feature. And, as I am coming to understand is typical Patchett, the story before the story truly brought me in: a stolen Virgin Mary statue, a question of what it means to be family, rife with sibling rivalry, single parenting and trans-racial adoption. That was a story that was full of potential.

And I really liked huge chunks of Run, but most of it felt just like that -- palpable potential resting underneath: the woman who claimed to be the birth mother, and was she or was she just a groupie and the creepy, loving way she stalked her biologic sons. The saintly, dying Catholic priest uncle, and the did he or didn't he actually have the power to heal the sick. The forgotten mayor of Boston, fading into obscurity, trying to live by proxy through his sons. The prodigal son, returned home, a murderer and a thief, but possibly a modern Robin Hood, with a heart of gold and a knack for saving children. The problem is that by shifting around between all of these stories, none of them were really ever given an opportunity to come into their own.

The ending came too quickly and, as I'm also beginning to realize is typical Patchett, with a completely unnecessary time jump that left way too much unexplored. I would read the heck out of a story about an ichthyologist turned doctor turned ichthyologist (goodness knows I'm one quarter-life crisis away from writing an autobiography about the topic) and Patchett played with a lot of interesting concepts about why people go into medicine in specific, and careers as a chance of penance in general, but it A) had nothing to do with the first 300 pages and B) she didn't exactly do the topic justice in the 10 pages she had to deal with it. It added little to the book.

I'm giving Ann Patchett's fiction one more chance before I resign myself to the idea that it was truly Lucy Grealy who made Truth & Beauty come alive. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
I got to page 22. Nowhere near as beautifully written as Bel Canto. I understand the impulse to write something more grounded than that book, but there was something a bit anaemic and flat about the whole thing (is that a mixed metaphor?).
  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "A light novel, but a good read. Family finds itself expanded by one as a result of discoveries made following a fatal car crash. As in Patchatt's other novel (Bel Canto), characters are too talented to all be believable." ( )
  MGADMJK | Jul 30, 2023 |
I agree with both the good reviews and the bad reviews for this novel. I think that is exactly what I liked about the book - I enjoyed it as fairytale, while at the same time really thought about all the issues it did not explore, or side-stepped; all the reactions and emotions that the characters weren't revealing; all the conversations that weren't had...this is life, after all: everything that we don't say to one another, that we are afraid to let outside of our thoughts, knowing we can't put them back once they are there. Whether the author intended this or not, the book made me think a lot harder about the characters than if they had behaved the way we would expect them to. ( )
  Costumegal | Mar 15, 2023 |
This didn't go where I thought it might at the beginning. And this will contain plot spoilers. Doyle is Irish American and his wife, Bernadette, has just died when her sisters some round asking for the statue back for the family. Tradition has that it goes to the daughter most like the statue, and Doyle only has boys. Doyle refuses because his two youngest sons have it in their room, they think it is their mother. And then the story gets subverted. The boys are adopted and black. They are brothers, given up by their birth mother and taken on by Doyle and Bernadette, while he was the Mayor. The family story slowly unrolls and the family have several crises to get through. The turning point in the story comes when Doyle and the boys (now 20/21) attend a speech by Jesse Jackson. Tip determines to break away and as he tells his father, so he steps into the road and into the path of an oncoming car. He is pushed out of the way by a woman, Tennessee Moser. And we discover that she is Tip & Teddy's birth mother. Tennessee was with her daughter, Kenya, and the lives of Doyle and his sons will be intertwined with Tennessee and Kenya from here on. Told mostly over the space of a day with back story being filled in in places, this is a lovely discourse on the nature of family and what binds families together. There is clearly great love between the various men folk, be they ties of blood or not. ( )
  Helenliz | Jan 31, 2023 |
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Bernadette had been dead two weeks when her sisters showed up in Doyle's living room asking for the statue back.
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Beg all you want, Doyle never read more than a chapter a night.
Bernadette's luck had been her life, her love for her husband and her son's, the joy in her home. Her existence did not add up to a handful of tests meant to win her place in heaven.
That was not to say they were all thinking noble thought of medical science. Most of them, he knew them well enough to say, were probably thinking of dinner about now, about cleaning out their apartments and getting the hell out of Baltimore.
Jackson did't lecture so much as hypnotize. Once you gave over to the swinging cadence of his oratory you found yourself agreeing with ideas you could never completely remember. Bit by bit Jackson took over Doyle, washed him down in the waves of mellifluous repetition until the speaker and the listener were one. (p. 32)
Over the course of his lifetime, God and Father Sullivan had changed together. When he was a young priest teaching American and European history to Catholic boys and coaching basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring, God was made of sterner stuff. (p. 126)
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"Engaging, surprising, provocative and moving...a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family." ?? Washington Post

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett comes an engrossing story of one family on one fateful night in Boston where secrets are unlocked and new bonds are formed.

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving possessive and ambitions father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see is 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 twenty-four 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 each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As an in her bestselling 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 child

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