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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Cycling - an unresolved chord
First novels are always interesting and frustrating. Like the newly ordained preacher, the first time novelist attemts to put everything s/he has inside into a single volume.
This is an interesting story and Waddington does demonstrate the ability to tell a story. Yes, it is a flawed novel. But the promise of future stories better told lie in the lines he...
Published on 27 Dec 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling.
Though this reads like a poor translation in places, the juxtaposition of highly philosophical concepts and the pure brutal physicallity of cycle racing is engaging and entertaining.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. R. J. Hamill


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Cycling - an unresolved chord, 27 Dec 1998
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First novels are always interesting and frustrating. Like the newly ordained preacher, the first time novelist attemts to put everything s/he has inside into a single volume.
This is an interesting story and Waddington does demonstrate the ability to tell a story. Yes, it is a flawed novel. But the promise of future stories better told lie in the lines he wrote.
There are a lot of intimate details about bicycle racing and recreational cyclists will find these details of interest. Following the 1998 Tour de France and the "scandals" of performance enhancing drugs, this novel takes the reader inside the men who allow their bodies to be manipulated by the drugs, promoters, and team owners just to have the moment of triumph.
The "mystery" lies unresolved at the end. To this reader, it is a mystery as to why Waddington included the "mystery" at all. He wove a good tale of the people who race the bicycles. That would have been sufficient. The "mystery" itself fails to resolve. It leaves the reader with the questions "Why -- for what reason?"
I do want you to purchase this book. Why? Because I can tell the Waddington has more stories to tell and they will get better and better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling., 12 May 2013
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Though this reads like a poor translation in places, the juxtaposition of highly philosophical concepts and the pure brutal physicallity of cycle racing is engaging and entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Tour de France Scandal!, 17 Oct 2012
The news about the controversy over several times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong makes this seem a good time to review Jame's Waddington's rather extrordinary novel about professional cycling. The story races tumultuosly through an imagined Tour de France race with its own peculiar doping scandal. The author is a cyclist and one feels he understands somewhat of what he speaks. The twists and turns of race and story are comic, dark and bizarre. Well written and well worth a read even for non-cyclists!
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