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on 22 March 2013
I read this book as I did like his adventure racing, and always support the Olympics. This book actually changed my take on him (used to find him a little annoying tbh). But he is one hell of a good lad, in literally coming back to life as he did, also, one hell of a good wife for seeing it through. It's a good read; I especially liked the input from his wife - it made the dialogue great and opens up a whole new World about head trauma victims. Like any other victims; Cancer in all it's forms, it's the ones around the individual that suffer equally as much, perhaps more. Reading what his whole family went through was sad, interesting but above all: Brutally honest! I like James Cracknell for that alone if nothing else. Good to see humility, and Cracknell puts himself out there on the pages of this book for anyone & all who read it to see. Caused by an absent-minded American lorry driver. The head trauma & how it's completely changed not just James Cracknells' life but that of all his family as well..
Having lived in the states' for a few years my wife & I totally understand this happening. Driving there is appalling! Americans can't drive - fact, period! We used to road cycle, and had many 'near-misses' there. One occasion my wife shouted at me as I was ahead of her. We were coming to a set of traffic lights that turned red. next I know a car pushes me into the kerb??!! I saw red & jumped off the bike to speak to the driver. Turned out to be an absent minded American woman who when asked what the hell was she doing replied; "well I wanted to get past you"...? I was literally putting a foot out to stop as I was 3 or so metres from the red lights!! Unbelievable but that's how they drive their huge station wagons & SUV's.
Back to the book. The operations, endless testing, unanswered questions...and it doesn't bring Cracknell back the way he was before the accident but that's the issue with anyone who suffers any form of head trauma. A hell of an endurance athlete, which, in many respects' served to help him claw his way back to as reasonable life as possible. Striking similarities with this book. But even if you just wanted an interesting read and want something 'real' to read, it's a great book. I don't want to spoil it so will say no more.
Good book, great read & good addition to your library.