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Running With The Moon: A Boy's Own Adventure - Riding a Motorbike Through Africa Paperback – 16 Sep 1996
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"Bealby handles this tragic tale with endearing honesty and tenderness. It is the romantic's naivety, not to mention his irrepressible energy, optimism and courage, which- charm the reader." (Daily Telegraph)
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A unique travel book; a motorcycle diary about one man's journey of self-discovery in deepest AfricaSee all Product description
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The Book has all the usual twists and turns that you would expect someone would encounter whilst riding round this vast continent. Although what sets it apart from the normal travel adventure book is the manner in which is written, it consistently features "flash backs" where the author remembers his lost wife. It also has an underlying, and subtle, theme of romance.
I would definitely recommend this book, it is easy to read and you cannot fail to connect with the author as he expresses emotions that we all feel from time to time.
I have no interest in motorbikes and don't care if I never go to Africa, yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For me, I think it was the combination of Jonny Bealby's personal honesty and his excellent writing that made it such a good read. He weaves his emotional and physical journeys together beautifully, drawing the reader along with him. Highly recommended.
His choice of language and ability to visually describe the trip put the reader right on the "back seat" of his motorbike. He very well describes his emotions on a somewhat lonely trip, making this book very unique in the travel book world.
The only downside I found was that there are certain parts of the trip left out. Chapters sometimes end in one place with the next continuing miles along the journey, with no reference to the part in between. Maybe these parts were unimportant or uneventful, but given his ability to make even mundane or boring parts of the trip exciting to read about, I'm sure that a few pages would not have gone astray.
I would definitely recommend this book, regardless of whether you are planning a similar trip, are interested in motorbikes or have no travel interest in Africa.
The book is the best travel book i've ever read.I read Jupiters Travels after this book and was disappointed by it in comparison.This is not just a book for motorcyclists,its for anyone who loves life and wants adventure.
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