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Travels - good. Crisis - bad,
This review is from: Uneasy Rider: Travels Through a Mid-life Crisis (Paperback)
I picked up this book as I was browsing. Being a 39+ biker planning a tour it obviously appealed, and at first I found myself enjoying the stories within. I enjoyed his tales of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe etc, but I found as we travelled south the author's mood seemed to become more reflective, more self-revelatory, and as I got to know Carter better I found I liked him less and less, till towards the end I would happily have slapped him round the helmet with one of his free BMW spares.
Which brings me to my thoughts on finishing. Yes, it was interesting to read Carter's travels. No, I don't think we'd get on down the pub, and why? why? is this book sold as being one man's heroic tale, when as I've now learnt it was one man's fully paid up (by the Observer) tour of Europe on a free motorcycle.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2012 13:25:49 BDT
Thanks for this review, you have saved me money! Accounts of sponsored jollies, no matter how revelatory to the writer, are not something I wish to read.
Posted on 1 Mar 2014 10:59:19 GMT
Duke Nicodemus Lisney says:
I'm not sure if it makes any difference that this guy didn't have to take all that time off work and spend all his money on this trip. All of these adventures involve some form of investment from the media or other interested groups. Boorman and McGregor didn't have to buy their own bikes for Long way Round, and Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels - widely regarded as the father of all the motorcycle travelogues - was sponsored by the Telegraph. Shouldn't it be the journey that matters, not who pays for it? Don't get me wrong, I found your review useful and informative, but I just think that particular point is irrelevant.
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