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Expecting more of a straight, historical account of the 1914 race, I was disappointed with this book. It is, in fact, the story of the author's ride through Italy, retracing the route of that year's tour on an ancient bicycle of the same period ... interspersed with brief accounts of the historic race.
Whether describing his own travails, or that of the riders from 1914, Moore's book is one of endless and unrelenting witticisms ... or, in imitation of the author, "a drudgery of drollery, if you will."
That the book wasn't what I had expected, or wanted, is not a fair way of judging it. Those interested in a comedic travelogue or---again, as the author might say---a farcical frolic of middle-aged frustration and futility, might find the book well worth their time. The historical bits, like everything else, are there, it seems, for the jokes that can be wrung from them.
I suppose I should have taken the title more seriously ...
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone else. I'd recommend READING the book, but not listening to it. The narrator seems to injecting too many "characters" into the narration, doing different voices for everybody. It's sometimes annoying and at best, unlistenable. I understand that it's supposed to be humorous, but the execution falls a little short, IMO.
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