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- File Size: 6526 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DFW40CE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To St Petersburg With Love Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed Mel’s journey more than he did and could totally relate to his vexation as the trip neared its end, especially with Craig, his friend on this trip. I have been to Ladakh on a cycle trip and faced many similar situations, including and not all, hostile weather, difficult terrain, uncertainties and sometimes, the language barrier. The book is speckled with concepts which I didn’t even think that westerners believe in, so that was a total surprise. From the book: ‘Every day can be a little or big adventure. We just need to adjust our vision to see the world in a different way. The main thing is to treasure each day you have got. Just as a night's sleep is followed by daily work, so our dreams must be brought to fruition.’ I'm sure Mel was able to achieve his dreams.
I was gripped first by Cormican’s personality and sense of irony. The book is, after all, a memoir or travelogue of sorts. These types of narratives either work or don’t work based on the strength of the narration, and I was pleased to find that Cormican’s storytelling is both engaging and laugh out loud funny.
I found the story itself to be engrossing and hard to put down. The idea of cycling for forty days across Europe grabbed my attention, but I think it was Cormican’s attention to detail, not just details related to scenery, but the details related to his own feelings and emotions throughout the ride that kept me hooked. As a backpacker I identified most with his attention to the simple pleasures, sweetened by the mental and physical strain that goes into long distance cycling/exercise.
I think the greatest satisfaction that I took out of this read was in knowing that Cormican, an average guy, took on such a great challenge. The ride didn’t go perfectly for him. There were tensions, high points, low points, moments of indulgence, moments of pain, moments when I was embarrassed for him, moments when I felt strangely proud of him; but above it all, there was a simple honesty that faithfully recorded the events of the trip. It felt real. And when I finished I felt like I was saying good bye to a friend. I just hope that Cormican decides to write something else; I just hope we'll meet again.
Very Highly Recommended
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