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Potentially interesting, but fails as it's so poorly written
on 25 July 2016
This is an interesting subject but a badly written and poorly structured account. I found the whole thing really disappointing and actually struggled to finish it, such was its lack of readability. The autobiographical episodes are interesting but leave the reader with so many unanswered questions, and key details are omitted which leave you trying to work out what on earth was going on - particularly in the sections dealing with his in-laws.
The historical references and quotes are interesting but seem to be randomly peppered into the book and don't fit naturally. The final account of the ultra marathon race is the best part of the book but even that is a bit disjointed and at times confusing. But the main disappointment is the readability - I regard myself as fairly literate, but I had to re-read several paragraphs in order to work out what the author was trying to say.