The Runner

The Runner

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The Runner tells the remarkable true story of a teenage drifter and petty thief named James Hogue who woke up one cold winter morning in a storage shed in Utah and decided to start his life anew. Re-imagining himself as a self-educated ranch hand named Alexi Indris-Santana who read Plato under the stars and could run a mile in under four minutes, Hogue applied and was accepted to Princeton University, where he excelled academically, made the track team, and became a member of the elite Ivy Club. Echoing both The Great Gatsby and The Talented Mr. Ripley, the story of Hoguea€™s life before and after he went to Princeton is both an immensely affecting portrait of a dreamer and a striking indictment of the Ivy League a€œmeritocracya€ to which Hogue wanted so badly to belong. Drawing elegant parallels between Hoguea€™s ambitions and the American myth of self-invention, while also examining his own uneasy identification with his troubled subject, David Samuels has fashioned a powerful metaphor for the corruptions of the American dream, revealing exceptional gifts as a reporter and literary stylist.As the trial date approached, I headed off to Telluride with the folder stuffed in my green army duffle. ... The folder contained a copy of an application to the Princeton University Class of 1992, complete with the required personal essays, lists of books, and proof of a ... Hoguea#39;s application to Princeton was both a carefully considered con and an inspired goof on the American college admissions process, anbsp;...

Title:The Runner
Author: David Samuels
Publisher:Tantor eBooks - 2012-03-05

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