mountains of florid prose,
This review is from: The Tour is Won on the Alpe: Alpe D'Huez and the Classic Battles of the Tour De France (Photography) (Paperback)
Whilst there is an interesting story to be told about the iconic Alpe D'Huez this book doesn't quite make the grade.
However it is difficult to know at whose feet to lay the blame: author or translator.
The book is littered with cliches and the author rarely lets a paragraph pass without shoehorning in a smilie or metaphor, there's plenty of soaring eagles, duelling gladiators and swift and cruel competitors described. This becomes wearing long before the end of the book. However some of the translation is also clumsy, for a contemporary book you wonder if the translator is more used to historic text.