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A Book Review for the Dartmouth Academy Reading Blog must be worth reading.
It must be between 100 and 250 words.
It must be organised and sequenced so that the reader understands fully what the reviewer thinks and how the reviewer feels.
It must connect to the reviewer’s personal experience (eg. reading history, personal interests or current state of mind)
Comparisons to other books and writers is appreciated. Original similes and metaphors are encouraged.
The review must mention the story, main character(s), style of writing and ideas/themes.
A short direct quotation from the book should be used as a sub-heading.
The Rider by Tim Krabbe
“Suffering you need; literature is baloney.”
Since being cajoled into taking up cycling by my colleagues two years ago, I’ve been reading a lot of cycling books, mainly autobiographies. Thus Amazon’s cookie-monsters put this ‘best evocation of a cycle race ever written’ onto my recommended list. And I’m glad they did, as it’s the best I’ve read. A true story in novel form, its short, sparse, sentences whir the reader kilometre by kilometre through the author’s cadences and cyclical thoughts – a philosophy of racing. I was transfixed from start to finish-line and read it in one go one morning, my teeth gritted and my feet desperately pressing imaginary pedals as I willed on the eponymous hero to his sprint-finish.
Tim Krabbe is a Dutch championship chess player, who turned to cycle-racing at the age of 29 and his book, a classic in Holland, is an introspective study into the mind of a professional cyclist; at times self-deprecating, at times arrogant, afraid of fast descents and afraid of defeat and constantly battling with pain and suffering in the pursuit of victory.
If you have never pushed your physical limits, you can find out what it is like by reading this short book– it is a great book , the lines of which will resonate through my mind for many years to come as a I rise in my saddle on another ascent around southwest England!