The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey Hardcover – Mar 15 2007
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Friction Zone, July 2007
“Scotto is a natural born story-teller who is able to effectively relate much of the excitement of his trip into the Longest Ride.”
Sun Media’s Newspapers,
“The following list is in no special order of preference, except for one book in particular that topped the list hands down: The Longest Ride.”
Cycle World, May 2007
“If you are only going to read one book this year, it should be this one … I have just read the first few chapters, but I'm totally hooked. Scotto is a great story-teller ... I definitely recommend it.”“Motorcycle travel writer Emilio Scotto’s book The Longest Ride chronicles his amazing 10-year, 500,000-mile journey around the world on the 1980 Honda Gold Wing he dubbed ‘The Black Princess.’ In his native
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Hopping aboard the Black Princess, his 1980 Honda Gold Wing, Emilio Scotto set out on a record-breaking world tour that lasted more than a decade. He began by exploring his native South America, followed by Central America, Mexico, and the United States. From there he went to Europe, from there the Soviet Union, and from there on to Africa.
The list of countries Emilio toured in the following years--Tunisia, Libya, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone (where he was set upon by cannibals), Liberia, Congo, Zaire, Mozambique, Tanzania, Somalia (which he escaped from on an old freighter), Petra, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal, China, Tibet, Singapore-- is practically endless, matched only by the list of adventures he had during his journey.
With over 300 photos, The Longest Ride takes the reader along on Emilio’s ride as he relives this amazing, record-breaking adventure of a lifetime.
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The second half of the book reads like his editor reminded him of a deadline that was rapidly approaching. It is very terse and reads like a chamber of commerce brochure. The "you are there" feeling is gone - replaced by "I went here, then did that, and then there..." This cost my review 1 star.
A big disappointment was the author's choice to include a rather graphic depiction of his first carnal experience with his then girlfriend in the introduction. It is something more appropriate to a back rack porno magazine. I have an extensive collection of motorcycle and adventure literature that my young nephews love to read - this one is definitely not "age appropriate." What a shame too, because it added nothing to the experience of his story - this cost the review a second star.
Scotto is a great story-teller, and I easily forgive him the spices I am sure he must have sprinkled over his stories. Some of you may remember a "teaser" in the 2005 edition of Cycle World Adventures magazine, where he more or less carried the GoldWing through the jungle in Guinea, West Africa.
But as time goes on, he writes less and less and relies on pictures to tell the story - whole countries pass with barely more than "then I went to...". By the time he gets married, there is almost no narrative at all, so it seems that he lost interest in the book and had a publisher's deadline to meet.
The first half of the book is 5 star, the last half 1-2 star, so I give it a 3 star rating overall.
You can but only admire the sheer tenacity and will the guy obviously posesses to achieve what he has over this time period in terms of the distance travelled.
The writing varies from poor to passable for a guy who is obviously not a writer.
The second half of the book as quite a few reviews have stated is a disjointed, poorly written account
of his last 5 years comprising mainly photographs and narrative he seems to have googled to fit the photo.
Nothing to reflect on about life or in fact anything much to do with his travels through China, Australia,
New Zealand just to name a few of the many countries he seems to have gone through and glossed over.
Some reviewers suggest perhaps a loss of interest or an editors deadline. Given the book was published over ten years after his adventure ended
I don't really see why he would have rushed to get the book out at the expense of leaving it the completely unsatisfying work it became.
It appears his adventures pretty much came to an abrupt end the moment the love of his life joined him on the trip.
Not one exciting story to tell about her or the both of them in the final 5 years? The cynic in me suggests having a witness to verify accounts
may have restrained the colorfull writing evidenced in the first half of the book.
Or the other very possible option is that he did not even write a word of the second half of the book. Finished of by his publisher writing some captions to his photos?
I came away feeling a bit cheated, having invested myself in his adventure only to see he could not be bothered with completing the task of writing
the book. I wouldn't bother buying it. Maybe check it out at the library