Tunnel Vision Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Keith Lowe is the author of two novels and the critically acclaimed history "Inferno: The Fiery Devastation of Hamburg, 1943". He is widely recognized as an authority on the Second World War, and has often spoken on TV and radio, both in Britain and the United States. He was an historical consultant and one of the main speakers in the PBS documentary "The Bombing of Germany" which was also broadcast in Germany. His books have been translated into several languages, and he has also lectured in Britain, Canada and Germany. He lives in North London with his wife and two kids.
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The storyline here involves Andy who bet his tube geek friend Rolf that he could travel the whole system (not entirely true as this book was written in 2001 and so Andy misses out a lot of the Jubilee Line and the whole of the DLR [which I love]) in 24 hours. At the end of the 24 hours he needs to meet Rachel so they can catch the Eurostar to Paris.
Unfortunately the majority of the characters bar one are pretty weak. The best character for me and the star of the book is Brian. Brian is a tramp who Andy bumps into at his first station of the day and Brian sort of latches onto him and follows (and eventually helps) him throughout the day. At first Andy thinks Brian is a plant by Rolf but eventually comes to trust him and realise that it's better to do the system with someone else than alone. And of course for the reader it is much better for Andy to have somebody with him as it would be quite boring reading about him travelling around by himself. I didn't like the character of Rachel and the character of Rolf sounding revolting. And as this is supposed to be one of my favourite books I didn't even like the main character, Andy much. However the main character for me is the tube and that is what makes me keep wanting to read this book.
Unfortunately for Andy he picked the worst day to travel the tube.Read more ›
Needless to say his wife-to-be (Rachel) is thoroughly unimpressed, unable to fathom why the guy she believes she wants to spend the rest of her life with, is in fact... a TRAIN SPOTTER, is proud of it, and is willing to jeopardise everything over a stupid bet.
The story takes you through the day in question, with extra little challenges along the way, a tramp for Andy's company for most the journey, derailed trains, a gentle jog around North-west London, and a train timetable which isn't running quite to schedule.
The book seems to be remarkably well researched, and although there is another thread to the story about why Andy's mate wants Andy's marriage to end in failure, it's fairly weak and doesn't add much to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I didn't really expect to be as good as it was.
Will he make it or will he fail? Well, there's only one way to find out - read the book!
Protagonist Andy has agreed to something rather stupid; on the eve of his wedding, he’s made a drunken bet with his friend Rolf that he can visit every station on the London Underground in a single day. And what’s more, he’s bet some pretty important things including his passport, house keys and the tickets for his honeymoon, all of which have been hidden somewhere on the Underground system by the not-so-innocent-as-he-first-appears Rolf.
As a form of public transport, the tube isn’t my favourite form of travel, but it does have a fascinating history and Lowe has certainly managed to include quite a bit of it in this book. Part fiction, part fact, it’s packed with interesting information about the Underground, its history, everyday workings and the people who use it. But for a book which is essentially a story about a man’s race against time, the tone is quite sedate. There are certainly parts where the pace picks up a little, but you never really get the sense of urgency that a trip such as this would actually involve. As Andy points out, the tube (at this time) had over 200 stations and that’s a lot to get through in 24 hours, especially when you have the added challenges of mechanical issues, tourists, rush hour and working out clues set for you by a friend who seems intent on sabotaging your mission.
Added into the mix are the chapters given over to Rachel, Andy’s long-suffering fiancée.Read more ›
I quite enjoyed it, but I did find it vaguely depressing at times! It was interesting; it's useful to have the 'Way Out Tube Map' beside you to appreciate what the main protagonist and his companion are going through.
What did irritate me was that it wasn't written in English, but in American. This edition was printed in the USA, so perhaps it was a translation, although I doubt it. It's the one with white spots on the cover, if that helps; softcover. Lots of American spellings and word usage; this for a book written in the 'first person' where the narrator is English.
Slightly imperfectly researched; I'm not a Tube geek but I noticed a couple of things. You don't generally go up to the main line station when changing from the Victoria line to the Circle Line at Victoria; this is a minor point but as it happens it's the station I know best. And when you arrive at Fenchurch Street on the overground, you don't usually run through City streets to get to Tower Hill tube. Never mind!
All in all, a good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are or have ever lived or worked in London, or have ever visited, there’s a fair chance you’ve been on the Tube. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
I was a bit dubious when I picked this up - whether a book about an underground trip could really be that interesting, but after a slightly slow start this had me gripped. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2011 by MarkW
One of the recommended titles of the Booktrust's Get London Reading campaign, the story is of a guy who on the eve of his wedding has a bet to travel to every station on the London... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2008 by Allen Tsui
I really enjoyed this book it was very different from anything else that I have read. I found the plot hilarious and couldn't wait to see how it all ended up. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2003
This is a very enjoyable novel about a young tube-enthusiast on the eve of his wedding. He has had a bet with his "friend" that he can visit every single tube station on a single... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2002 by Mr. T. H. E. WHITE
The fascinating premise aside, 'Tunnel Vision' has four or five two-dimensional characters which are not as clever, interesting or as rounded as Lowe would have us believe. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a very light, entertaining novel with a few major faults. The thought of anyone actually going through every single station on the network in one day is almost too mind... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2002 by Charles
I am genuinely surprised by the reviewer here who didn't like Tunnel Vision. There are one or two bits where the author gets a bit too involved in tube trivia, but the main... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2001