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2.0 out of 5 stars self indulgent book about Alistair, 31 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Moods of Future Joys. Round the World Part One: Riding into Africa (Paperback)
I'm afraid I did not enjoy this book at all. There was too much of Alistair himself with an overall impression of a whine about this journey/lack of girlfriend etc and not enough about Africa. He travelled through so many fascinating countries but it was all about his endurance and bread and jam! Maybe this should not have been catalogued in the 'travel' section, but perhaps the personal/biography or even sports section. I may say that being entitled to a student loan and then managing to save it was certainly not the idea behind the government's student loan service.
AB
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2008 13:38:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2011 23:41:27 GMT
I'm glad you thought the book was not a narrative on Africa - it was not supposed to be. But I'm disappointed you did not enjoy it. My apologies! I'd be happy to offer you a refund.

And I've paid back my student loans in full! (Mostly through the earnings from this book, so perhaps they were wisely invested after all...)
Alastair

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2008 10:50:13 GMT
Cath Andrews says:
How sad, Andy, to view such an inspirational book in such a negative way. Speaking as a UK taxpayer and therefore part-provider of student loans, if someone manages to save from a student loan, meagre as they are, enough to cycle to lands that most of us can only imagine and then use that experience to share his knowledge and perceptions with those of us who can't for various reasons ever make it ourselves, then that, in my view, is one hell of a brilliant way to use the money.

Posted on 17 Jun 2009 17:01:16 BDT
wind your neck in you miserable git...!

Posted on 27 Dec 2011 12:22:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Dec 2011 12:23:20 GMT
F. Meek says:
It is very sad that people like Andy feel the need to be so incredibly negative. Alastair's books are very inspirational and fantastic reading too - I for one was motivated by his writing to undertake my first long distance cycle.

Posted on 27 Mar 2012 11:23:07 BDT
L. A. Firman says:
What a strange review.

When you travel and endure such isolation - it is impossible not to turn your attention to yourself, to think about loved ones, to think about how 'hard' it is. As such, I really respected Alastair's honesty and openness about these difficult things - and yes, in turn some of the material is quite biographical - but if Alastair chose instead to just reel off what he saw and where he saw it, it would just be 'another' travel document.

An amazing book. An inspirational read. One that I have recommended to hundreds over the years.

(I wish I spent my Student Loan on this kind of thing!!! But instead, I almost turned in to a battery farmed hen in a corporate company - escaped now though ;-))

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 09:14:31 GMT
King Lear says:
Alistair's book was a joy to read. Unlike this review which is just sour and bitter.
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