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Tim Krabbé is one of Holland's leading writers. He is also a cycling (and chess) enthusiast. In The Rider he has created a book unique in the ranks of sporting literature, and probably elsewhere. Already acclaimed as a cycling classic, this translation from the original Dutch serves not only to evoke the endeavour and exhaustive struggle of road racing, but also inspires as a study into the workings of the human mind, from the context of a racing cyclist. The narrative is driven by an analysis equal parts psychological and philosophical, strategic and surreal. The reader might feel that Krabbé is presenting the race or the rider as a metaphor for life in general, but the author might argue that it is more than that as he brings the ecstasy and the agony of the race, and the descriptions of his fellow competitors, to such a prominent position that all else is somehow of little significance. Perhaps Krabbé's real point is that only the rider can truly understand what makes the feelings engendered by the race so vital. For the rest of us, his description might be the nearest we get. Nevertheless, The Rider stands as a masterpiece, and alone of its kind. The feelings experienced by the actors of endurance sports have never been so well captured, nor the power and the pain of cycle racing captured in such a cerebral yet compelling manner.--Trevor Crowe --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'A great read and a great ride.' -- Donald Antrim --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
All I can say is that you really seem to be a part of this race as you fly through the pages.Published 20 months ago by Brian G Atkinson
I like how the book reads. No chapters but in distance. Gets kinda confusing when it puts on a cliffhanger than drops a story about a old race. Read morePublished 24 months ago by pierog
Here how goes the first sentences of this book:
"Hot and overcast. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Read more
This is an `inside the head of the cyclist' account of a 1970's amateur, 150 kilometer cycle race in France. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2010 by Lit fiction fan
I think the appeal of this book is primarily the way the author has captured the thoughts and strategies that are zooming through the mind of the racing cyclist like a sprint for... Read morePublished on March 16 2003 by LoraxMan
You needn't be a racer, nor for that matter a cyclist, to revel in this gem of a book:
The exhiliration - "I was in the lead group for one sweep of the cranks, then ... Read more
A very enjoyable reading experience, with plenty of meat on the bone. Krabbe is a supremely intelligent and observant narrator, and a superb writer. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003
If you race, you will feel right at home with this book and its description of the Mont Aigoual bicycle race. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002