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4.0 out of 5 stars Frankly, I'm surprised at the number of negative reviews, 15 May 2012
This review is from: The Beautiful Machine: A Life in Cycling, from Tour de France to Cinder Hill (Paperback)
I thought this book was a riot. Engaging, witty (sarcastic, if you like), honest, passionate, and at times touching but never sentimental. Other reviewers have accused him of being self-indulgent and overly competitive. It's basically an autobiography - i.e. the author writing about his own life. That in itself is a pretty self-indulgent act. So what? The real point to this book is that it is a story about a life shared with, enhanced/challenged/hindered by, and lived on the bicycle. His absolute passion for this machine is hard matched. I never found him to be overly competitive - no more than your average experienced rider faced with a downhill chase - just honest. Indeed had people bothered reading on they'd have discovered that towards the end of the book Fife writes of experiencing the reality of fitness and youth slowly dissolving in the frame of an ageing man. Indeed, he is grateful to the assistance of friends, one of whom eases him up a hill by placing a hand on the small of his back. A self-indulgent egotist would have been offended by such an indignity.
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