I couldn't possibly commentOK, Dave: it sounds like one of my intro rides.
Paul, edition 1 of this brilliant journal is now available as a free download.Kermit wrote:The Ride is a magazine. But don't be put off. It's not like any other cycling magazine you ever read. The articles are written by people passionate about the sport, from all over the world from the lowly club member to world champions. What they have in common is that they bring an insight into elements that you just don't see anywhere else and they are accompanied by some fantastic photographs and ilustrations. The second edition has just been published and can be ordered direct: http://www.theridejournal.com/ All I need to do now is see if I can get hold of a copy of the first edition.
A review can also be seen on the Washing Machine Post: http://www.thewashingmachinepost.net/ which, is also well worth a visit. It is updated most days and you can also see a rather nice retro Italian jersey by Columba which of course just happens to be Beacon colours.
Are you allowed to say what happens in it? As the wife of an addicted audaxer, I'm intrigued!Hissing Sid wrote:Recently rediscovered this classic while sorting out the kids books.
A salutory warning to all audaxers!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Armitage-Wh ... 0099400529
Nice idea, Lisa. I too am short on thoughts of how to pool the books, but at very least i am very happy to lend out any publications i have. Free delivery by velo of course...Lisa wrote:Trying to think of some way we could collect the various books we've read into a club library for people to dip into, but can't come up with a solution as to where it would be kept in order to be accessible... Never mind.
I've just finished Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier. Highly recommended.Ringo wrote:anyone got anything they would reccommend that might fall into the classic group?
Not read Tolstoy or Dostoevsky for years but they are still on my shelf. Salman Rushdie,(Satanic Verses, Midnights Children etc) Peter Cary (Oscar & Lucinda etc) and John Irving (Cider House Rules, World according to Garp, etc) are among my favourite authors, though recently I've been in to Bernard Cornwell, specifically His 'Warlord Chronicles' (Arthurian stuff) and 'Azincourt' Cornwell is a great guy on battle descriptions.GrahamGamblin wrote:My two Penn'orth (or two rubles worth, in fact):
Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita
All of these have been made into films, although some time agocan't believe that more of these books haven't been turned into major films. imagine what they could do with lord of the flies or 1984 with today's technology and computer animation etc. also, a story like great gatsby is a great story of unrequited love and how obsession can lead to tragedy and destroy everyone who gets caught up in it. with all the rubbish that gets put out these days why can't a story like that simply be adapted and brought into the 21st?
i know, but the copy i have has a kind of dictionary in the back which translates all the words. so reading it would involve flicking to the back every couple of lines to understand what was happening.spider wrote:Don't try to look up the language in A Clockwork Orange; it was invented just for the book.
I think he set out to write a book describing the significance of cycling in his life, and his first wife was simply not terribly relevant to that particular topic. I don't think that it necessarily indicates that his wife was unimportant to him, or that he had a one-dimensional understanding of her personality.Lisa wrote:Most bizarre how he skips over the small detail of his wife as briefly as he can get away with it - no efforts to paint any sort of picture of her as a person.
I agree with you on that, but I found it too imbalanced. Personal preference I suppose - being female I get a sniff of a human story and instantly want to know more! I struggled to sympathise with the bike bit, so found the over-emphasis a bit much. It would be interesting to do a male/female poll on this!George wrote:I think he set out to write a book describing the significance of cycling in his life, and his first wife was simply not terribly relevant to that particular topic. I don't think that it necessarily indicates that his wife was unimportant to him, or that he had a one-dimensional understanding of her personality.Lisa wrote:Most bizarre how he skips over the small detail of his wife as briefly as he can get away with it - no efforts to paint any sort of picture of her as a person.
I thought it was a very well written book which very successfully communicated his love of cycling. I didn't think it was about his relationship with his wife so I didn't feel it lacked anything because he didn't dwell on it. In fact, the lack of sentimentality about his wife made me think that probably his feelings about losing his wife were far too personal and raw to share. And because I thought that, I didn't really want to know more. I thought his descriptive writing about the joys of being a cyclist were extremely powerful and the kind of thing all keen cyclists would relate to. I'd recommend the book very highly indeed.Lisa wrote:It would be interesting to do a male/female poll on this!
Gosh - interesting reading list. I don't think anyone's mentioned any of those on this thread. I shall start at the top with the Sherlock Holmes - although it'll have to wait until after I read Mark Beaumont's 'The man who cycled the Americas', which recently popped through the letter box hot off the press via Amazon.Andy Terry wrote:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/ma ... literature