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Interesting, inspiring, but lacking coherence in the writing.
on 11 October 2014
Nick is a extraordinary guy who's had a tremendous life. This book is really quite inspiring and very interesting but, doesn't really stack up well as a book. As a biker, I expect like a lot of people I had only heard of Nick through his world record rides on an R1. What I didn't know was that he had a whole life of cycling behind him, firstly racing and latterly numerous, incredibly harsh, sometimes record breaking, world expeditions. Also unexpected was the incredible vocabulary of the man, digging up all sorts of obscure words throughout the text, he is obviously a very well read and intelligent man. There is much referencing of other travelling tombs which bring up some very poignant (to his travels) and thought provoking quotations. From reading this book Nick has become a genuine hero of mine, I think probably my only one. Much of the book is given over to his childhood and growing up in a dysfunctional family which he submits to much analysis in attempts to understand and qualify his need for exploration throughout his life. Fair enough it's his autobiography after all and it does give the reader considerable insight in to the man. My complaint with the book is that is doesn’t seam to know what it is trying to be; the first 2/3rds or so follow a reasonably linear life history, but then it goes in to a very detailed account of Patagonian history which seams totally out of place. The final part of the book ends abruptly at the end of a journey without warning, so much so that I was left looking for the missing pages. There’s no detailed account of his Motorcycling exploits, they are only alluded to here and there. It seems that there only half a life here and I am wondering if room has been left for a second book but without the commitment to it in the first book case it just doesn’t happen. All in all the format is badly planned.