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Yellow Jersey Paperback – 20 Jun 1975

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Product details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (20 Jun. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330244116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330244114
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,452,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have read this book several times, and never get tired of it. You don't have to be a keen Amateur, or pro cyclist to enjoy this brilliantly written story. The subject matter is all based on the biggest cycle race in the world,namely, the Tour De France, and Mr Hurne has captured it perfectly. His knowledge of pro cycling and it's competitors, and those within the organization is first class. He has such an easy and compelling style of writing that is perfectly suited to the nature of the story. Definitely 5 stars from me. Highly recommended.
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I have read very few books that I could not put down; this was one of them. I don't race, but I love to ride, especially long tours. I actually felt I was riding the tour, I felt tired, exhilerated, beaten, all at the appropriate times in the book. He was a little consumed with his sexual prowess, but maybe this is the real Ralph Hume! My only regret is that there is no apparent sequel, I am left wanting, sort of an empty feeling, like when you read the last Sherlock Holmes adventure! Please, Ralph, let us know what happened to the rest of your character's life!
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THE YELLOW JERSEY is a highly entertaining story on one level and a case study of humanity on another level; it is to cyclists what Golf in the Kindom by Michael Murphy is to golfers, but witout the mystery. Anyone interested in bicycle racing will love this book. It is the most entertaining novel that I have read in years.
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I have to say in the end, I really did enjoy this book. I also have to say I'm a road cyclist. I came close to putting this book down several times during the first half. It is tough to take all of Hume's ridiculous, dated (70's), English sexist colloquial jargon. At times it is impossible for an American to understand. This book would really benefit from a bit of current editing.
That being said, the book really picks up when the Tour starts, and Hume's descriptions of the stages is riveting, original, and unpredictable.
It would be a far better book if he would have dropped all the romantic/sexual nonsense and concentrate on the cycling, which he so masterfully portrays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrequited love, Middle-age blues, and the Tour! Great Read For A Cyclist! 19 Mar. 2006
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Ralph Hurne's novel The Yellow Jersey captures the inner world of a ready-to-retire professional cyclist. Terry Davenport, a moderately successful racer, spends his days in his girlfriend's antique shop, in between affairs with her daughter and training younger members of his team. Tasked to get Romaine Hendrickx, a young and promising climber, ready to compete in the Tour de France, Terry divides his time between training rides, womanizing, and considering his post-bicycling career options. One day he falls for a young woman in the antique shop. Desperate to impress, Terry enters a local race, wins, and suddenly finds himself on the Tour de France team in support on Romaine. Unfortunately for Terry, his new found love departs for England and he has to deal with the conflicting realities of obligations to his girlfriend, his affair with her daughter (who also happens to be Romaine's fiancee), his duty to train and mentor Romaine, and his own competetive drive. The book's last chapters fly by as Terry and Romaine take on the field in the Tour. Although the racings a little dated ("I tightened my toe clips" - some readers may not even know what these are...) , its a great read and sure to delight any cyclist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 21 Mar. 2012
By Joe K. - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not Dickens, but that's not the point. I brought this with me on Vacation. We were staying 6 nights. I had this read by lunch following night one. I couldn't put it down. Very fun book.

Definitely not for kids, and certainly Terry is not a role model, but the fun of books is to fall into a character you would never be in real life (isn't that why we all love a murder/crime novel?). So in that sense it was a fun book. Nothing educational, or even instructional, but if you need a book for a beach, or just a mindless read, this is a page turner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 29 Dec. 2003
By Lonnie - Published on Amazon.com
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It would be hard to compare this book to a classic, but it definitely is a great read. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed a Grisham novel. Its main character is complex. If you are looking for a book that is about describing the Tour from cover to cover, you probably want to look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a novel about the complexity of a person with a lot of cycling thrown in, this is your book. I read the first couple of chapters the first night I got it. I read the last 250 pages on the second night. It was good enough that I was up way too late and missed riding or running the next morning. For an American, some of the English terms I did not understand, but most are in context enough to get the meaning. I recommend this book, even the first half.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A title! 17 Aug. 2005
By J. Raines - Published on Amazon.com
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i had read this over 20 years ago. I remembered it as being very good. I loaned the original copy I had to someone and never got it back. I was delighted to find that it was still in print. I enjoyed it every bit as much as I remembered when I reread it now. It is not for kids but it is an excellent novel on several levels. The descriptions of racing strategy have an authentic feel to them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Plot, Flat Characters 5 Sept. 2012
By Emma Dickinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being an avid cyclist, this is a book I should've loved, but it fell short of my expectations. For starters, there's nothing redeeming about Terry that makes me want to cheer for him and at the same time, he's not enough of a villain for me to enjoy rooting against him. In the first chapter, we learn that this attractive yet washed up 37-year-old retired cycling professional is engaged to age-appropriate Paula, sleeping with her 22-year-old daughter Susan (who is seriously dating his protegee Romain), and having a brief affair with a 19-year-old named Bobbie, whom he falls in love with after she loses her virginity to him in the backseat of his car on their first date. At the same time, neither Paula nor Romain has any clue about the infidelity and neither Terry nor Susan have any emotional complications with the affair. Then through the mixed up set of circumstances that cause Terry to end up in the Tour de France, he's just this flat, mopey, self-depricating lump of a man during the race. Without revealing the later half of the book, I'll just simply say that the characters are underdeveloped and behave in ways that I think are irrational and unexplained. Normal people have an emotional complication with having an affair with their mother's fiancee/fiancee's daughter. There's not enough of an explanation for why these people don't have a problem with it.

-- Emma D, aka Anna Zimmerman
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