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A small gem for any cyclist's bookshelves,
This review is from: The Srampagmano Tales (Kindle Edition)
Cycling literature has experienced a boon recently, perhaps in accordance with its well-documented rise in popularity. Not all cycling books are worth reading, though.
The Srampagmano Tales is certainly a niche affair. Fifty pages of 'Chaucerian' verse littered with detailed cycling references, depicting numerous cyling tribes, and accompanied by simple but charming illustrations. If there is a dedicated collection of cycling poetry, it certainly isn't circulated widely. The Srampagmano Tales certainly fills this void, and does so with style.
It's not a long, or particularly innaccesible read - not for any cyclist who's dabbled in various aspects of the sport - but after a few pages I was left thinking: why hasn't someone thought of all this before? I feel like I've read all this before in numerous articles, spread across countless turgid cycling publications, and passed over it with a sigh. Yet this rendition brings together all those cliches and boring generalisations into a coherent narrative, with genuine, comical insight into the life of the cyclist, and in the form of poetry, to boot.
In short, it's brilliant, and hopefully it will take its place as one of cycling's 'must-read' books.