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I bought the book thinking it was all about a man taking up cycling again at 60 to address his high blood sugar levels. I found it covered some of that (we never find out what happened to his blood sugar levels), plus a lot more besides - much more besides than I wanted. He has written several books, with a fair bit of biography in them, and for me he was a bit too keen on writing about himself, beyond the remit of the book as I'd understood it - quite a lot on his father, quite a lot on his youth, that was for me neither interesting nor what was "on the tin". Take a prolific writer, who may or may not be "a bit of a character", prone to a lot of abstract, whimsical musings that may or may not be on the topic, and a blank sheet of paper, no editor to take out the many bits that make it look as though the author is paid by the word, and let's see what happens.
I also found the level of detail of street names and routes irritating. I don't know any of the areas that he cycled, yet he repeatedly quoted street names, and even the names of roundabouts, as though the reader knew them. Such a style seems best suited to a pub reminiscence with people from his locality, not a book. Then there were several occasions when I thought he hadn't picked up much knowledge of bikes and cycling, and what he said was wrong. A man cycling at higher cadence because his legs were weak? Really? A hybrid bike has smaller wheels and fatter tyres? I know this was written by a self-confessed "tootler", cycling at first in sandals and leather jacket, and there's nothing wrong with that, but that doesn't excuse daft statements.Read more ›
This testing the of ideal against the actual is a constant "itch that must be scratched" running through O'Doherty's writing -- it is what gives his viewpoint pieces such a recognizable force and focus -- and here he uses it to ask a simple question: "Why should I not find my own way to cycle that brings pleasure on my own terms?"
In O'Doherty's way of it, cycling is neither a sport nor or a mere mode of transport -- though he acknowledges the value of both conceptions -- but a third thing, on the face of it a simple pastime but one that can often, with the cresting of hill or the rounding of a bend, go much deeper, offering something like the experience of meditation, where the rewards don't come after the mastering of the lotus position but after the "hardening of the thighs."
In the telling of it, he reveals a philosophy that adds to his enjoyment of life, keeps his body fit, and lets his mind roam free -- all spoken with no malice to anyone else's reasons for going about on two wheels.
Malachi tells a good story and describes his rides with feeling, although I'm not sure I would want to face up to some of those Irish drivers!
Malachi achieves a most pleasing and entertaining balance in challengingthe Type Two sufferers of the factual while at the same time his own experience throws down the gauntlet.
Discovering the book shortly after being diagnosed myself proved a personl epiphany.
It quite simply entertained me and changed my life all in one go!
I can't wait for the sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. Some of the thought processes that the author describes sounded like it was myself. A similar journey to me, just a different time scale. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I gave the book four stars because I never give five. Having said that the book is inspiring and I'm off to dust off my chamois and two wheeled steedPublished 9 months ago by John
A very good read. I've cycled some of the Antrim Coast roads myself, it's a beautiful, peaceful place.Published 14 months ago by Mr John P Dixon
Whimsically written, but suddenly stops without a sense of really having gone anywhere.Published 15 months ago by Shaky
A nice easy read thats covers a wide range of topics, not just cycling..Published 17 months ago by steve
Loved it especially as being 61 myself and sometimes questioning what the hell am I killing myself up this bloody mountain. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stephen Hore
Great read - as a 59 year old, with similar background to the author, it's given me a direction of travel and some nice nostalgia.Published on 24 Jun. 2015 by Eugene
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