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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. After his young athlete lover is struck down on the Olympic track in Montreal, coach Harlan Brown is forced to enter the race of his life.
El corredor de Fondo/ The Front Runner by P. Nell Warren (2002, Paperback)
To survive the hate and violence that threaten his chosen family: Betsy, valiant lesbian mother; Vince, angry activist seeking revenge; Chino, Vietnam vet with a wounded heart; and the secret child of Billy Sive. A Lambda bestseller for After his young athlete lover is struck down on the Olympic track in Montreal, coach Harlan Brown is forced to enter the race of his life.
A Lambda bestseller for over a year, this landmark sequel to The Front Runner received the highest critical acclaim.
Destined to be another gay classic. Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Wildcat Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Harlan’s Raceplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 23, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let this ek a lesson to those reading reader comments.
When I started up here, I went through back lists of books that were handy and sort of transcribed little nnel and impressions I remembered from my first read. Certainly a fine book, but not quite as fine as The Front Runner. Like, lost a partner and a dozen or two friends to AIDS, got diagnosed with it myse Let this be a lesson to those reading reader comments.
Like, lost a partner and a dozen foneo two friends to AIDS, got diagnosed with it myself, clawed my way out of my thirties, etc. And recently, for no reason nnel than clrredor the book-gods directed me to it, re-read Harlan’s Race.
What the hell was I thinking all those years ago? Perhaps what makes this book remarkable to me is what I could bring to the table now that I lacked in The fact is, it pqtricia with a voice that echoed voices I’ve known about times I’ve known in a way that very much hit home.
It’s good suspense, of course, but what stands out for me is the way it convey’s the emotional feel of characters in a certain situation in at certain time when adversity forced growth. Probably I just needed to grow up a bit. Aug 09, Anne-Marie rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m not crazy about the sequel. After finishing the Front Runner, I was really looking forward to reading more about Harlan and how life continued for him but now that I’ve read it I wish I hadn’t.
This book feels very fono from the first and that’s not surprising considering it’s been written almost twenty years on from the Front Runner. Harlan feels as disconnected as the book, from his past and even from most of the people around him. I just wasn’t feeling it and that was quite ironic I’m not crazy about the sequel. I just wasn’t feeling it and that was quite ironic what with the line in the book that if a writer can feel what he’s writing, so can the reader.
Well, it certainly wasn’t happening for me. What bothered me the most was that when the book starts, we flashback to the circumstances and aftermath of view spoiler [ Billy’s assassination hide warreen ].
El Corredor de Fondo The Front Runner, Patricia Nell Warren. (Paperback )
Patrixia we now learn that view spoiler [ there was a second sniper hide spoiler ]which was really weird to be confronted with twenty years later. It feels very much like corredoe writer decided to throw something new into the ending of the first book, so she had a plot device to go with for the second, but it makes me feel cheated as a reader.
It changed how I view the ending of corredof Front Runner and that didn’t need tampering with. The final chapters were very emotional and deeply moving, and now we see that while they were coming to terms with Billy’s demise, Harlan had been dealing with a new threat, and the way Harlan revisits that is with fodno very different feeling and voice than he had in the final pages of the Front Runner.
In the ending of the first book I felt that Harlan was beginning to heal and corresor been able to open himself to his grief for Billy’s loss but the man we find in the sequel is very closed off. Even though Billy is mentioned fairly frequently, it’s almost as if that relationship didn’t happen and Harlan disassociated himself from it emotionally. He is not around enough for it and he goes through a drastic change, turning into a loose cannon.
His character development I didn’t get at all, it was way too extreme.
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Having said that, there was an interesting dynamic between Vince and Harlan that could and should have been explored more. There are very few moments with Harlan and Vince where corredo get to experience them as a potential couple and the way it was written, I wasn’t really feeling their patricix. Their sexual attraction yes, but the love In this book again, PNW spends most of her time having Harlan describe his life.
Yet, she should be showing more instead of telling. Let the reader experience what happens instead of having Harlan tell us his interpretation of the events in his life.
PNW felt she had to write this book first before she could write about Billy’s son, but Sarren wonder why. It would have fondk much more organic to write about the boy and Harlan. Now the boy is kept at bay because his story has to wait until the third book and it is yet another relationship that Harlan feels and is literally disconnected from.
It’s not a very uplifting book: This period, where aids begins to make itself known in the gay community, is an interesting part of the story since as a patricla you know how to read the signs and she describes well how it changes life for them. A moment I really liked, and which took me back to the first book, was Harlan’s emotional speech at the race in the final chapters.
In a way I would like to know how life for Falcon turns out but I’m not quite sure whether I want to read the last installment in this trilogy.
If you’ve read the Front Runner and liked it, keep it that way and give this a pass. Aug 30, Timothy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’m only 70 pages into this book, and I’m finding it a bit humorous that nnel murder via castration of E, the cat with large xe, plays into the conspiracy theory. While I love, love, love the dynamic between Harlan and all the other characters he’s a conservative, older gay man raised in different times than the youth of the dayI find his constant obsession that there is another sniper out there to get him and his groomed gay love track stars because they are celebrities a bit unreali I’m only 70 pages into this book, and I’m finding it a bit humorous that the murder via castration of Horatio, the cat with large balls, plays into the conspiracy theory.
While I love, love, love the dynamic between Harlan and all the other characters he’s a conservative, older gay man raised in different times than the youth of the dayI find his constant obsession that there is another sniper out there to get him and his groomed gay love track stars because they are celebrities a bit unrealistic. But then, maybe I’m misspeaking; were track stars viewed in the same light as Michael Phelps of today?
Anyway, on Page 70, I get that there is the concern there is another vigilant killer possibly on the loose, and that is a very real concern. But Harlan, looking over his shoulder as he clams off Fire Island every five minutes two years after the sniper killing of Billy just seems a bit extreme. Again, though, maybe it was different in the 70s; just maybe, there was not therapy available?
I don’t know, I was born in Feb 27, Gavin Stephenson-Jackman rated it really liked it. The violence of the right wing still burns strong even today, and is still claiming innocent lives. AIDS and blind ignorance about the disease still abound, but through all of this, all the pain and anguish love abides.
Let’s hope that a time will come when everyone will recognize that love is love.
Jul 05, Adam rated it liked it. This is the second trilogy series I’ve attempted in the past month, and like the last series, I am torn, and for me this second book just doesn’t hold up.
At around page 80, I suddenly realized I was in the middle of a murder mystery, unlike the love story of the first novel. The mystery is dragged along in a series of confusing terrorist messages or coincidences? At parts, I became overwhelmingly nauseated with the feeling of self-importance Harlan Brown contai This is the second trilogy series I’ve attempted in the past month, and like the last series, I am torn, and for me this second book just doesn’t hold up.
At parts, I became overwhelmingly nauseated with the feeling of self-importance Harlan Brown contains that was not at all evident in the first novel. Most of the relationships we connect with in The Front Runner are shucked aside with Harlan’s Race and only confirm the fickleness of the stereotypical gay mentality. Not a feel good story, and not even a believable tragic story either.
Although this ends on high note forcedit could have been about pages shorter and written as a murder mystery novella.
Alack and alas, I continue on with 3, Billy’s Boy Jun 13, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: I really wanted to like this, since I loved The Front Runner.
But I just couldn’t. This is the ‘Long Awaited’ sequel, written 20 years later. In the author’s introduction at the start, the ve says her editor was enthusiastic about a sequel to TFR, about what happened to Billy’s son. She wasn’t able to do it, so she wrote this one instead, as a bridge between the two books. While The Front Runner seemed like it could have been happening right that minute, despite being set in the 70s, Harlan’s I really wanted to like this, since I loved The Front Runner.
While The Front Runner seemed like it could have been happening right that minute, despite being set in the 70s, Harlan’s Race feels like everything had already happened.
I don’t think the author could get back into the feel of the time back then and kept reaching, but never quite making it. I kept feeling like Harlan was telling me the story, rather than allowing me to live it with bel. Harlan whines constantly about missing Billy and I don’t remember much else. I read over pages over the course of several weeks note: I finished The Front Runner in less than a weekthen I put the book down and haven’t been back to it.
I just don’t care.