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...and then I nearly died,
This review is from: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (Paperback)A fantastic read from a unique man. How someone can be so driven to better himself and others, to push themselves to the point of breaking and keep doing so adventure after adventure makes for awe-inspiring reading. What? You sit on trains and holiday in Greece?! You should be ashamed of yourself, and will be as soon as the book grabs you.
It's a very well written book and the pages fly by but I had two minor gripes - his adventures leave you exhausted and his continual reference to God I, personally, find rather silly and awkward. Every sentence sees him confronted by another deathly challenge, any one would cause an abrupt about-turn in the saner of folk. It's exhausting to read of another challenge before you've come to terms with the previous. Just how many times can someone nearly die?
His insistence that God watches over him and provides his guiding light I found rather uncomfortable. Surely if he left all his food at base, dispensed with the years of planning, lost his clothes and compass and managed to hover to the poles then I'd allow him some theistic intervention, as it is it just makes him sound a little simple. Sorry, Ranulph, may the force be with you etc.
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2010 00:14:34 BDT
Mr. John C. Hubbard says:
I so agree with you. Despite my admiration for him (I go back to 1976 when I first read 'The Headless Valley'), and despite his undoubted skill as a writer, I don't think, dare I say it, he's all that bright. In spite of his privileged upbringing, and special tuition, he didn't get the A-levels he needed to follow in his father's footsteps. He is, however, very purposeful and driven, and comes up with some nice touches of self-deprecation and dry humour on occasion. Shame about the god-bothering.
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