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Strands of empathy,
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This review is from: The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle (Paperback)This book is beautifully written, and so elegantly ans subtely crafted in that it is controlled, measured, eloquent, yet unleashed on occasion when required, precisely reflecting the nature of the sport itself. For anyone that has competed in bike racing, and has given up for other reasons this is a jolting tug on your heartstrings. It's a shame that its not longer, dwelling more on those signpost life moments; but that would be to deny the impact of the book, written to be read as a race; and as such is as pertinent and as moving as any story about bike racing or indeed the vagaries and eccentricities of life itself.
If you buy no other sporting biography this year, then you should grace your bookcase and your mind with this.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2010 03:16:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2010 03:23:12 BDT
Something I noticed about this book was the subtle wit applied to the typesetting of the text pages: the book uses a continental style of marking speech, with dashes instead of quote marks, and a font design that is based on traditional French typefaces. It is rather like a cyclist wearing a retro wool jersey of some obscure foreign team, a statement of allegiance to something slightly exotic and one that only those "in the know" will be able to decifer.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2012 23:51:20 BDT
S. Reynolds says:
a subtle deference to history. Beautiful isn't it?
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