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Laugh or cry,
This review is from: Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes: 5 Years, 29 Marriage Proposals and 53 Pairs of Shoes (Paperback)
There is no doubt that this is an amazing feat of human endurance but I was completely non-plussed by the book. The travelogue extends from gushing accounts of the banal to... well absolutely nothing for thousands of miles. We know nothing of this woman from reading the book apart from a dogged determination to put one foot in front of the other, endlessly. She seems to have no observation skills at all, no thoughts worth recording (apparently) and even less to comment on. Who is Rosie? I have no idea. WHo advised her to write this? They need shooting. An amazing journey over five years covering thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain, battling ferocious elements and encountering isolated peoples living on the edge of survival and the book is about the length of an average pamphlet! This is woeful.
I'm left with so many questions. Is Rosie courageous or selfish? Brave or reckless? Where are the stories of the many people who selflessly made this journey possible? How DO you get a pair of running shoes to such remote places with such amazing timing and how was that done? And why am I not informed? I could write more about a jog around the local park - infact this review might be almost as long as the book. Save your money. There is no insight here and the prose and editing are appalling. Sadly you will probably end up irritated by this remarkable woman rather than admiring her!!
Additional: I think the problem with the positive reviews of the book is that they focus on her physical achievement and not the book as a literary work. This is supposed to be a BOOK review and not a review of Rosie Swale Pope. As I have said, her achievement in the journey was remarkable but the book is just remarkably bad.
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2012 21:01:44 GMT
K. Marston says:
Sadly I have to agree with this review. I went in expecting to feel inspired, but was instead left feeling let down by the poor prose and lack of detail. A great story, just not a very well written one.
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 16:04:35 GMT
Im not surprised, I remember Rosie Swale being mixed up with a transsexual in the early 80s, It was a big love affair as I remember, Tracey Stamp I believe, and was also mixed up in the murder of someone, but all that is swept under the carpet and she would rather not have anyone remember it
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012 07:38:27 GMT
S. F. Everhard says:
Indeed you memory appears to be vindicated by this contemporary account
So not really a murder - unless there was another incident not accounted for, but criminal poisoning and theft seem to be in her past. It's strange that having led such a 'colourfu life' she can barely string two words together!
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 15:49:41 BDT
Carolyn Wood says:
I have just managed to finish this book and found it completely boring. (Not sure why I stuck with it but I'm like that.) I found the subject matter enthralling but her writing and lack of detail was woeful. I too wanted to get to understand Rosie a bit more but I discovered nothing in this book that helped me to get to know her better. How can you spend so long running around the world and have so little to write about. It begs belief.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 13:50:49 GMT
I am currently in Alaska with Rosie. I think if I had first read your informative post I would have stayed at home!
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