The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail Paperback – 18 May 2017
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"One hundred per cent self-inflicted … Beyond stupid … It's hilarious." (Adrian Chiles Radio 5 Live)
"Bill Bryson on two wheels." (Independent)
"The world's funniest travel writer." (Observer)
"A good, entertaining writer, laugh-out-loud funny in parts." (Irish Independent)
"It’s a hoot." (Michael Kerr Daily Telegraph, Book of the Year)
About the Author
Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of Gironimo!, French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points, I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You). He lives in London.
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Obviously he can't be anywhere near as unprepared and mechanically clueless as he makes out and his writing can be a bit flowery at times but his musings and characterisations of different nationalities and countries are very acute showing why, to me, he is by far the best of the travel writers who do these silly adventures and write about them.
This trip takes him from the north of Finland and along the route of the former "iron curtain" to Bulgaria. To someone of my age who grew up in the cold war with the threat of nuclear annihilation ever present its very interesting to read about life in the Soviet bloc. He did a similar journey in 1990 shortly after the fall of the iron curtain and he occasionally intersperses excerpts from his wife's diary of the time to compare how much things have changed, or not, since then.
There was some weird formatting in my Kindle edition which obviously doesn't handle Eastern European letters very well but this didn't affect my enjoyment of the book.
Almost inevitably he has equipment and personal issues and, periodically, is in genuine danger.
He has been favourably compared to Bill Bryson and rightly so; he packs travelogue facts and self deprecating humour tightly together.
You don't need to be a cyclist or historian to appreciate the premise of the undertaking because you are carried along laughing with and at his exploits and fascinated by the fruits of his research.
Anyone who enjoys their travel writing hilarious and pithy should huddle under a duvet and thank heaven for English cycle lanes !
Anyone that's ridden a bicycle over distances in sweltering heat or freezing cold will understand the mental and physical challenges you experience and the internal questions you pose like why am I doing this? Why am I here? It'd be easier to catch a bus or jump on a train.
A great read, interspersed milestones of thought provoking historical anecdotes.
Thank you Tim for attempting it; Chapeau! For completing it. Bravo for committing it to print.
Accomplished in his usual tongue in cheek style ... as always a pleasure to read
but BE CAREFUL ... do not read on a train , bus as when laughing this hard
people may think you have mental issues
Loads of good bits but i loved his descriptions of the finns and russian 'food'.
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