Pre-Order on Amazon: The Lost Cyclist by David Herlihy
I was mildly disappointed by this book. The story, in the summary, seemed like an incredible one and I couldn’t wait to get started.
The book is broken up into manageable parts each covering a country traveled. It’s a fascinating story, once you actually dig through the somewhat dry text to get to it and I’m glad I pushed my way through the book, but.. yes, it was dry reading.
I think one of my favorite parts of the book was in the beginning. Up until reading this book I’d never considered how different it would have been to ride bikes back in the late 1800′s. My imagination was caught up in what it would have been like to travel across the countryside, pushing through bogs of mud, filthy and tired but enjoying the incredible scenery afforded by the trip. And then I started thinking of the stamina that such a trip would have taken and I was awed by it all.
One thing I did learn in reading this book was that, when traveling through a place in upheaval (like Turkey) it’s never a good idea to show off your coins.
According to the summary I’d read, this was a story about Frank Lenz, the cyclist who disappeared and William Sachtleben, the man sent on his trail to find out what happened. The book was definitely skewed more toward Sachtleben and less toward Lenz, but that was fine – it just took me a bit by surprise since I was expecting more on Lenz.
This book definitely proves that happy endings are not commonplace in real life stories that have tragedy involved. If you are into the history of the bicycle and historic events, then I recommend this novel. If you are looking for a satisfactory mystery in the form of a non-fiction novel I can’t say I’d steer you toward this one.
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