The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue

The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue

David Samuels


The Runner tells the amazing actual tale of a teenage drifter and petty thief named James Hogue who awakened one chilly iciness morning in a garage shed in Utah and determined to begin his existence anew. Re-imagining himself as a self-educated ranch hand named Alexi Indris-Santana who learn Plato less than the celebs and will run a mile in lower than 4 mins, Hogue utilized and was once authorized to Princeton collage, the place he excelled academically, made the song crew, and have become a member of the elite Ivy Club.

Echoing either The nice Gatsby and The gifted Mr. Ripley, the tale of Hogue’s lifestyles earlier than and after he went to Princeton is either an immensely affecting portrait of a dreamer and a outstanding indictment of the Ivy League “meritocracy” to which Hogue sought after so badly to belong. Drawing stylish parallels among Hogue’s objectives and the yankee delusion of self-invention, whereas additionally studying his personal uneasy id together with his stricken topic, David Samuels has shaped a robust metaphor for the corruptions of the yankee dream, revealing extraordinary presents as a reporter and literary stylist.

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