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Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of ultrarunning's elite events over the course of his career. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt an urgent need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a wholly unique challenge, one that would force him to grow as a person and as an athlete: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. North is the story of the 2,189 mile journey that nearly shattered him.
When he set out in the spring of 2015, Jurek anticipated punishing terrain, forbidding weather, and inevitable injuries. He would have to run nearly 50 miles a day, every day, for almost seven weeks. He knew he would be pushing himself to the limit, that comfort and rest would be in short supply - but he couldn't have imagined the physical and emotional toll the trip would exact, nor the rewards it would offer.
With his wife, Jenny, friends, and the kindness of strangers supporting him, Jurek ran, hiked, and stumbled his way north, one white blaze at a time. A stunning narrative of perseverance and personal transformation, North is a portrait of a man stripped bare on the most demanding and transcendent effort of his life. It will inspire runners and non-runners alike to keep striving for their personal best.
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By K. Keller on 05-28-18
I Hated Them Both by the End
I know I'm in the minority here, but nope, didn't like it. I thought this was an incredibly self-indulgent ramble, devoid of much actual information. I went in genuinely wanting to like this book. The first time Jenny narrated, I thought, "OK, I guess I can deal with this." By the end, I was so over her and her absurd little-girl voice and affected enunciation. I finished the book, but much like "Jerker" on his way up Katadhin, I'm not sure why I bothered. I no longer cared about him or his sleeping arrangements or his veganism. His self-congratulatory epilogue was just painful and dripping with feigned humility. Spoiler alert: "I was tired, I was hungry, I got skinnier, fans annoyed me, and I thought about my life." I just saved you a credit.
And just by the way, Bilbo Baggins never went to Mordor. Frodo did. I'm fully aware that pointing out this error says more about me than about the book, but still. If you're gonna compare yourself to a Hobbit, make sure you've got the right one.
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