- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 758 KB
- Print Length: 56 pages
- Publisher: BringMeMyFix (15 Oct. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009SKO6MG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #627,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Parker's power lies in his acute observation: this is clearly the work of a seasoned cyclist, yet the portrayal of the various cyclists never becomes condescending or partial. From the Lycra clad 'roadie' to the long distance randonneur, the characteurs cannily address each in turn; their motivations and foibles, their eccentricities and fears.
While we may not like to be typecast, it's only natural to wonder which of the featured cyclists most resemble ourselves. At his best best Parker is highly poetic, really hitting the nub of what makes each cyclist do what they do.
I love these lines from 'The Randonneur's Tale':
"There is a certain place I like to ride
To get there I spend many hours outside
Beyond the pressing walls of time and space
Without the agitation of a race"
In short I really enjoyed this: it made me want to go out and ride!
The delicately constructed pentameter is crafted with attention and care, meaning you are entirely wrapped around the storyteller's finger for the duration. Parker skilfully manipulates the verse to make the rhyme and structure surface in time for a few lines of brilliance, yet manages to make it almost invisible at other times. The book flows beautifully from character to character; slowly building a cast of road cyclists ranging from The Tester (timetrailist), to the Courier. The case for each cyclist is made, without snobbery or bias, and told with extreme care and humour - I enjoyed every minute of the book.
The writing is full of wit and won't fail to raise a smile from anyone with a connection to road cycling - especially in the UK. I found myself sitting down to read for 15 minutes, and being so utterly absorbed that I read the whole book in one afternoon.
I should also mention the illustrations by Faith Buck, which are beautifully drawn and produced, each one telling you something about the character and their environs. Buck has avoided being too 'cycling specific', and as such the drawings stand alone as wonderful work.
Having enjoyed the book so thoroughly myself, I have since far given it to two people as early Christmas gifts - both of whom have gone out of their way to thank me and tell me how much they enjoyed the writing and illustrations. I'll be ordering a few more before Christmas!
The e-version is the best £2 I've ever spent (!) but I will be buying this in hardcopy and it will be taking pride of place in the book self. Cannot recommend it enough. Enjoy!
However I'd strongly recommend this book to non-cyclists, as it is rare in my experience for a book to so well communicate the sheer enjoyment that comes from riding, and also overlays the differing natures of the "heroes" of cycling, the Rouler, the Grimpeur and so on. It goes a long way toward explaining why cyclists do what they do.
I suspect that this collection of tales is likely to be read mainly by cyclists- but it deserves a much wider audience as in no way do you need to own a bike to enjoy this delightful book.
An appreciation for subtle humour and pin-sharp observation are, however, requirements.
Brilliantly witty and humorous verse, observing the nuances of different cycling tribes.
Most of the target audience probably fall into one of these tribes (I'd like to think I'm a Rouleur, but lets face it, I'm probably a Fakenger...) and I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of the stereotypes.
Excellently observed. Laugh out loud funny yet so very profound at times. An excellent piece of work.
I read through the first sitting rather quickly, but within an hour I was skipping through it again.
I have since read it a third time, highlighting my favourite verses. I thought the illustrations complimented the book well.
Looking forward to more work from Scarlett in the future.
While The Srampagmano Tales is "Written in the same narrative verse as Chaucer's famous text" - it actually sticks in my mind and i enjoyed it. In fact, it's one of only two cycling related books i actually finished this year, despite buying about half a dozen.
Having cycled the famous London to Brighton route a good few times, i couldn't help but smile when i see mention of various 'famous' locations along the way, e.g. "I've been to Look Mum No Hands!", "I've had a pint in The Evening Star in Brighton! - that place is awesome!", "I've been up Turners Hill! It sucks!".
Already got it in mind for a few folk for Christmas.
Hope you enjoy it as much as me
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Once I finish I have to ride my bike.
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