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Cycling Home From Siberia Paperback – 20 Aug 2009
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I'm not sure Rob Lilwall knows it, but he has penned a two-wheeled classic. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips. (The Guardian)
Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readers ... the book is truly a paean to human hospitality. (The Guardian)
Lilwall's story is a remarkable one...enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place. (The Sunday Telegraph)
A rite of passage adventure, full of thrills, excitement and endurance tests (The Irish Times)
Rob Lilwall is such a transparently decent, honest and likeable bloke that it is difficult not to become involved in the highs and lows of his journey...Ever since Odysseus, the traveller has returned home to find himself wiser and more fulfilled than when he departed. Rob Lilwall is no exception. (TES)
It's a real adventure story. (The Baptist Times)
The gripping adventure story of one man's epic journey back from Siberia to England by bikeSee all Product Description
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You'll have to look very hard indeed to find someone - believer or non-believer - this adventurous who can also write about it in such an engaging way and on that basis alone, it is an absolutely fantastic book. Buy it, i couldn;t put it down.
Packed with fascinitating insights to the places, cultures and people he met along the way, this is a hugely riveting and personal account of his journey.
Hard to put down, I look forward to his next adventure!
Rob does an excellent job of recreating the tension of the most scary moments of the trip, he really had me on the edge of my seat in parts. I also enjoyed reading about all the interesting people he met along his travels, and although he seemed more concerned in asking them about their religion than about their lives he did still manage to uncover some really interesting points.
Rob doesn't always come across as the most charismatic person, but he's quick to admit his faults, and I trusted him to tell the tales without any boasting or exaggeration. I have to admire his amazing bravery and determination in doing this trip and this book has certainly inspired me.
I should have read the book information though, as when the word spiritual was mentioned I probably wouldn't have bothered to order the book. Once Al leaves the talk of religion becomes more and more. I kept wading through the book for the good bits, and I was determined not to give up, but at page 274 of 348 I finally gave up the will to continue. It was a theological conversation between a christian and a muslim that finally made me realise the book was not for me. It boiled down to whose god was the biggest or best.
If you are not of a religious persuasion like me, you might be able to get through the book if you can accept that when someone prays to a deity and a good thing happened, it happened due to the deity, but when the bad things happened that was nothing to do with a deity.
There were many good parts to the book and the adventure was without doubt tough in places. The romantic parts were a joy to read as were the parts with the French Canadian couple. I am never quite sure about taking food from some of the poorest people though to subsidise your leisure journey though. To moan when someone wants your jacket is a bit off considering the handouts you got on the way around!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a terrific yarn of a very brave young man who puts his trust in God . Read it.Published 2 months ago by denisj
Really enjoyed this book, although I bought it because I was research Siberia and only the first couple of chapters were actually set there. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ilovemycat
Without being patronising, this book is best consumed by someone under the age of 25. As many other reviewers point out, for all Rob's impressive endeavour, it is totally devoid of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Avon Maroc
Interesting concept. Loved the bits about the people he met. Loved imagining the places he went. I normally love a travelogue but couldn't stand the style in this one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anthea
The Siberia section excellent,then a slightly downhill run,but definitely worth a read.Published 14 months ago by D. Chemney
this is one of the best travel books i have ever read...he is in a league with danziger,thubron, theroux etc .. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. Redwood