- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Greystone Books (1. April 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1553658175
- ISBN-13: 978-1553658177
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 15,2 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 371.872 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 2011
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Just to ride the route is truly dream of mine. Others, such as author Paul Howard participate in the annual self-supported race known as the Tour Divide. The book is a daily diary of his four weeks in the saddle and includes vivid depictions of scenery, terrain, sparseness, weather, towns, restaurants, lodging...or lack thereof..., and physical and mental challenges.
Written in his pure Englishman style, terms used may not be common to many readers yet they add character to the story. It's not often I find myself reading non-business books, but this was an exception I just had to make in order to ride this trail vicariously through the author. Thanks for allowing me to ride along on your journey Paul. Well done! "
Howard's writing style is very descriptive as well. I can tell he took some time trying to craft sentences, metaphors, and similes in order to explain what he detected with this senses. I appreciated it, but those who are used to breezing through a book might be a little disappointed because the more complex, flowery language might require some to slow down a little bit in order to digest the material.
The book is rather family friendly, with only a couple of mild profanities and a comical reference to the translation of "The Tetons" as "breasts".
The biggest problem with Eat, Sleep, Ride is Howard's pompous, arrogant British attitude. From beginning to end, Howard places the thinnest veil over his disgust for American culture. He mocks nearly every overweight person he comes across, he ridicules the little towns that he passes though, and he takes every opportunity to present all Americans as stupid, fat rednecks who drive big trucks and destroy the environment in pursuit of consumerism. To wit: While conversing with a group of men who are celebrating the 4th of July, Howard says, "...and a whole series of uncles demonstrated more enthusiasm for cycling than their pick-ups, trailers and quad bikes could ever have implied was possible." In another section he describes South Pass, Wyoming by saying "In fact, it was not until 1832 that the first rag-tag caravan of settlers and missionaries, opportunists and proponents of the sordid doctrine of Manifest Destiny passed this way." This hypocritical judgment coming from a man who hails from the British Empire. At another point, he refers to a couple of passers-by this way: "...I waved heartily at two gun-toting quad bikers. They didn't flinch, continuing instead to chew the cud in a bovine stupor." The negative descriptions were consistent and pervasive throughout the book, and Howard acted like his biggest challenge was finding anything good to say about the United States or its people. Notably, I saw Howard make no equal comparisons to or similar critiques of his home country, so his thinly veiled distaste for the United States is in itself a theme throughout the book. I thought it a rather childish and ungrateful way to write about a country that granted him the privilege of the Tour Divide.
In closing, the book is a pretty good description of the Tour Divide. Howard's writing is complex and descriptive...if you can get past his egotistic British demeanor. I, personally, won't be reading it again. I can find other books about the Tour Divide that don't belittle the U.S.
I disagree with previous comments about the author being pompous. He is simply telling the story through the eyes of a foreigner and making observations about American life. It's no different than American authors writing about their observations of customs and life in foreign countries. Indeed, most of the things he pokes fun at--Wal Mart and the prolific 4-wheelers encountered in the wilds, for example--are the very things at which many American writers also poke fun.