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Skilled Writer captures something to share,
This review is from: Riding the Magic Carpet: A Surfer's Odyssey in Search of the Perfect Wave: A Surfer's Odyssey to Find the Perfect Wave (Paperback)
This is the best surfing writing I have read since I started reading surfing literature in the late sixties. Tom Anderson more graphically describes the nuances and adrenalin excitement of everything associated with the sport and art of surfing than anything else I have read.
It is a skilled book and can open up a whole new world if you've never surfed.
It's also an excellent travel ' on the road ' people book - and can be read as such. Who knows how well it will be received by the reading world at large? It could catch on big time.
Four stars not five as the graphic, no holds barred quoting of the f word in the spoken language of the characters met is not going to work well for everyone.
The ending is one of the best endings I've ever read in a book - and a mark of the writer's skill at spiking the imagination.
Besides that: Travel writing at it's best in the hands of someone who loves and knows surfing and surfers - and travellers. If you aspire to be either it's an excellent read.