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After nearly twenty years of chasing oblivion, a fight in a bar reveals to a newly sober Mishka Shubaly that he is able to run long distances. Despite his best attempts to dodge enlightenment and personal growth, the irreverent young drunk and drug abuser learns to tame his self-destructive tendencies through ultrarunning. His outrageous sense of humor, however, rages unabated
Print Length: 60 Pages
Listening Length: 2 Hours, 8 Minutes
Sports & Outdoors ~ Running & Jogging ~ Addiction
So, I make a list of books that relate to each month's awareness/observance/etc. I came across this one while looking for books about addiction and bought the audible right away. I am so glad I did!
The story is raw and real, brutal in its honesty, and unapologetic. The lifelong addiction is sommething I understand all too well. While I did have the problem myself, I come from a family of alcoholics and have known several people with drug addictions. And it's hard. Most don't understand what goes through the minds of an addict, and Mr. Shubaly walks through his battles like a bull in a fine china shop; no tiptoeing, just laying it out like it was.
When he speaks about depression, I shook. I have always suffered from it, and had trouble explaining what I was going through. He put words to so many of the feelings that I just couldn't articulate, and I actually had tears at the relief that yeah, someone knew EXACTLY what was in my mind.
The marathon at the end made ME swell with pride, as if I were there with them. I cheered them on and was so inspired by it!
It's very well done, and he reads it himself, so you get a feel that it's more personal than if he had had someone else do it. I highly suggest this for anyone who might like a look inside the psyche of an addict and/or person with depression.
Bob says: 5 Platypires!