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Amazing feat - too much negativity,
This review is from: The Man Who Cycled The World (Paperback)I think what Mark did was incredible and I admire him greatly for his accomplishment. However, I too found the book repetitious. What bothered me most was his negativity. While I appreciate that this was a difficult undertaking, it seemed like he had a negative spin to put on most of his anecdotes and the many people who helped him. One example: when he arives drenched to a motel that is closed on Christmas day in New Zealand, the kindly owner not only opens up a room for him, but also offers him a meal of Christmas leftovers. His take on it is, "It was one of the best Christmas dinners I have ever had. It wasn't a particularly fantastic meal ..." Why mention that? The lady did you a kind favour and saved you an 8km trip in the pouring rain to find your own food on Christmas Day. He is also quite critical during his trip through the U.S. At one point he eats at a Wendy's burger restaurant and decries the lack of veggie options. While I'm no fan either, every Wendy's I've been to had many options for salads. He seemed to have given up on being a vegetarian before he even left Europe anyway, partially after realizing that it would not provide him with the calories and nutrition he required fo his trek.
So, while I wanted to enjoy this book a lot more I can only offer it 3 stars. I haven't seen the tv program, but perhaps that would give me a better impression.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2011 20:01:25 GMT
D. Healy says:
He's as dull and negative in the flesh as I imagine he is in this book. I caught a couple of episodes when it aired, but stopped viewing, because he is simply a boring character doing something a lot of people can, will and have done. I cycled 7months in NZ and the US covering 7000miles, so I've had a taste of cycle touring. I also agree with comments that racing around really degrades the whole experience and makes it more of a chore (hence whining nature). If anything, he's contradicting the positive essence a bicycle stands for/allows to aid his own goal/wealth. Anyone can get going on a bicycle and cycle the world, if they had the time/money.
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