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Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about "Horrid Lance". His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia. History's most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometer stages filled with cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor - and it was all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine.
Of the 81 riders who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. To truly capture the essence of what these riders endured a century ago, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps, and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. As Moore rides up and over the Alps and then down to the Adriatic (with only wine corks for brakes), Gironimo! is an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful, and madly inspiring.
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By Andrew on 04-06-16
A long slog of punisihing whimsy
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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By Brandon C. Wescoe on 12-13-16
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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