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3.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Reading Other Peoples Diaries....., 14 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Full Circle: Around the World with a Motorcycle and Sidecar (Foulis Motorcycling Book) (Hardcover)
As an avid reader of all motorcycle travel books I was interested to read this one as it is only the second one I have read which involves a side-car user. I have no particular interest in sidecars myself but I am I am interested to see how the dynamic of the journey changes when using one. After all, it is more like riding a small three wheeled car, with the lack of overtaking ability of a two wheel bike, but the vast amount of luggage carrying ability. I.e. Just how do you decide what to take on an extended journey when you have got all that room?

The style of the writing is that of a diary or journal, so if you like facts and figures, or are planning a similar journey, then this will be useful to you. If, however, you want to become immersed in flowing, prescriptive prose, with a story that leaves you wanting more, then this probably isn't the book for you. I read Che Gueveras Motorcycle Diaries straight after and although that is meant to be a straightforward journal of the day to day mechanics of his journey, it is interspersed with brilliant, engaging prose, which pulls the whole story together and makes you want to keep reading. If Guevera hadn't met his unfortunate demise he could have easily been an author.

The Motorcycle Diaries

One thing that seems obvious in reading the Mopsa's journey and looking at the photographs is that Richard enjoyed the experience far more than his wife. At times you would think that she was there under sufferance and there seems to be an underlying tension. As a result you get the feeling that the book was written under obligation, maybe to help fund the venture. Unfortunately there is no literary reference to this tension, or indeed to any problems between the husband and wife and it is this which makes the whole story seem a little contrived and unnatural. Four years together on a venture like this would be enough to test any kind of partnership and it is reading about the little arguments and disagreements that make these, or any book, more real and believable. And quite frankly, more enjoyable.

If you want to read about an amazing journey by motorcycle and sidecar I can strongly recommend the following

The Rugged Road

This journey across Africa was undertaken by two pioneering ladies in their early twenties in 1935. They had to carry whatever they needed to live and also to rebuild the bike which they had to do frequently. What made this book most interesting though was the underlying tension between the two, who started out as the best of friends, but by the conclusion of the journey didn't talk to each other for years afterwards.

Overall I enjoyed Full Circle and would recommend it within the parameters I have mentioned above.

Cheers,

Philip Kendrick
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