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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (Sept. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297766554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297766551
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,979,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 4 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Have read this book several times, and never get tired of it. You don't have to be a keen Amateur, or pro cyclist to enjoy this brilliantly written story. The subject matter is all based on the biggest cycle race in the world,namely, the Tour De France, and Mr Hurne has captured it perfectly. His knowledge of pro cycling and it's competitors, and those within the organization is first class. He has such an easy and compelling style of writing that is perfectly suited to the nature of the story. Definitely 5 stars from me. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar. 1998
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I have read very few books that I could not put down; this was one of them. I don't race, but I love to ride, especially long tours. I actually felt I was riding the tour, I felt tired, exhilerated, beaten, all at the appropriate times in the book. He was a little consumed with his sexual prowess, but maybe this is the real Ralph Hume! My only regret is that there is no apparent sequel, I am left wanting, sort of an empty feeling, like when you read the last Sherlock Holmes adventure! Please, Ralph, let us know what happened to the rest of your character's life!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 1998
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THE YELLOW JERSEY is a highly entertaining story on one level and a case study of humanity on another level; it is to cyclists what Golf in the Kindom by Michael Murphy is to golfers, but witout the mystery. Anyone interested in bicycle racing will love this book. It is the most entertaining novel that I have read in years.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 1998
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I have to say in the end, I really did enjoy this book. I also have to say I'm a road cyclist. I came close to putting this book down several times during the first half. It is tough to take all of Hume's ridiculous, dated (70's), English sexist colloquial jargon. At times it is impossible for an American to understand. This book would really benefit from a bit of current editing.
That being said, the book really picks up when the Tour starts, and Hume's descriptions of the stages is riveting, original, and unpredictable.
It would be a far better book if he would have dropped all the romantic/sexual nonsense and concentrate on the cycling, which he so masterfully portrays.
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Too heavy in the middle. 27 Aug. 1999
By Kris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Yellow Jersey reminded me of the 1998 Tour De France. The opening stages were superb and gripping. The middle stages had moments of drama and inspired performances. The end came quickly and sweetly with no huge surprises.
But in the middle of that tour was the tedium and distraction and high melodrama of the Festina Affair. Watching the bike race, I didn't need to see Richard Virenque in tears. I didn't need to hear the Tour directors and cycling bureaucrats thump their self righteous and pompous chests and screech forth platitudes. The book is like that. There is a big middle section where we're subjected to page after eye-skewing page of the first person narrator drone on through the muck of a mid-life crisis. The reader will find that they could care less about how many "birds" Terry had bedded or whether the screwed up teenager he seduced is actually pregnant.
I had to stop several times during my read and put the book away for fear of gumming up my brain with the sap which poured out of the wounds in the middle of this book.
Still, The Yellow Jersey does redeem itself in a huge way once the Tour de France starts. Hurne has either ridden mountain stages or has a highly developed sense of empathy for those who have. The descriptions of the tortuous climbs and the limbs which just give out rank way up there with best Russian literature when setting a mood of pain and suffering. But Hurne makes you work for it. A good editor could slice out 100 pages from the middle, not lose one tilde worth of actual content and make this one a fast-paced classic.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Humorous, Truthful, A Cyclist Journal 8 Nov. 2000
By Chris Bains - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being a cyclist and an indoor cycling instructor, (Spinning), I found the author's description of mental focus, rhythm, pace, and,oh yes, the pain - so honest and truthful. And guess what, he captured all that as he grew older. I'm motivated to keep be cycling for a very long time!
I found myself laughing out loud and catching his British accent and humor that sneaks in like Monty Python, Benny Hill and Ab Fab.
So what if he was pining over some 'bird' - that's only human, especially to a cyclist. We clear a lot of things out of our heads when we're pedaling. Lance Armstrong even admitted he was a 'player' when racing and practicing in Europe. I'm buying this book as Christmas gifts for all my cycling buddies!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Cult Classic with Quirks 31 Mar. 2001
By C. Burch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Saying this is "the greatest cycling novel ever written" is like saying "This is the finest book of haiku about bowling". What's the competition?
That gripe aside, this is a book that is at its best when describing cycling, yet the author gamely tries to put cycling into the context of a life. Terry Davenport is (in his own words) "a bit of a lad" (American translation: Ladies' Man). He has Austin Powers' sensibilities about the sexual revolution (sometimes when describing women he refers to them as "it"). He spends a good deal of his non-racing life trying to juggle simultaneous affairs with 3 women.
Davenport's arrested Peter Pan existence is given one more chance at the Tour De France, and this is where the author really shines. You are taken inside the mind of a rider, the exhaustion, and the courage needed to keep pedaling. I found myself riveted by the end of the book.
Not a great novel, but a decent one. It would be 3 stars on character developement, but 4 stars for the riveting cycling descriptions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good read if you can get through the first half 17 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to say in the end, I really did enjoy this book. I also have to say I'm a road cyclist. I came close to putting this book down several times during the first half. It is tough to take all of Hume's ridiculous, dated (70's), English sexist colloquial jargon. At times it is impossible for an American to understand. This book would really benefit from a bit of current editing.
That being said, the book really picks up when the Tour starts, and Hume's descriptions of the stages is riveting, original, and unpredictable.
It would be a far better book if he would have dropped all the romantic/sexual nonsense and concentrate on the cycling, which he so masterfully portrays.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Yellow Jersey is a balancing act on two wheels. 27 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The essence of elite-level cycling has been captured in Ralph Hume's The Yellow Jersey. The dicotomies that exist between physical suffering and victory, and the personal life and life in the peloton are realistically and vividly portrayed. Terry Davenport, the crafty veteran cyclist hired to mentor a young prodigy, must learn to balance these equations and let go of his youthful fantasies before he can accomplish this task. One of those fantasies that must be put to rest is winning the Tour de France, the world's most grueling sporting event.
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