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Bicycle Diaries Paperback – September 28, 2010
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Bicycle Diaries is the best kind of art, a work that brings the reader along on the artist's journey. Bicycle Diaries is a physically beautiful book, hardcover with no dust-jacket, yellow embossed letters cheerfully identify the title and author while a black silhouette of a rider draws the reader forward. An observant reader will notice a tiny bicycle peeking out from the spine at the bottom of page 11 and on each odd page thereafter the bicycle has makes more progress. Fanning forward through the pages sets the tiny typeset bicycle free, racing across the pages in the oldest style animation, persistent vision holding tight to the bike while the pages blur past. Ever the artist, be it in music, lyric, print, or type, David remembers that a book can be more than just a file on a Kindle.
The tiny animation is just one example of the playful digressiveness of this book. While he casts a loving and critical look at the world, David is always conversational. He ponders, rants, muses and marvels. He reflects on how our cities reflect our minds. We build what we value, but our shaped world shapes those values.Read more ›
Some sections of the book do describe what is seen, heard, and thought while riding a bike. The description of riding from a section of Buffalo (actually, he was in a suburb at the start of the ride, and he eschews suburbs to a fare thee well) to Niagara Falls is one such description as is his account of riding from downtown Detroit to, and past, 8-Mile Road, but even these are brief, sketchy in observation, and woefully lacking in understanding and interpretation. Yeah, Byrne has numerous comments about rust belt cities, but nothing he thinks or says is a reflection of what he has actually seen from his bike--his comments are just stereotypic notions about Buffalo and Detroit (at least his text about Buffalo did not mention snow) that could have been embroidered into a discussion without ever leaving a pent-house condo in ever-growing cities such as Atlanta, Houston, or Los Angeles. His thoughts have little to do with what he actually saw on his trips, because he missed many important sites and many of those sites he did note, he failed to interpret wisely.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my dad. He loves David Byrne and loves this book.Published 23 days ago by Dejabeemo
As a long time fan of David Byrne's music and global perspective, I was very interested to read how he saw the world from the seat of his bike. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marian J. Thier
Was interested to read about David Byrne's thoughts on bicycling and experiences in various global cities. I was highly disappointed by the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex R
David Byrne is one of the most creative, talented people on the planet. The bicycle community will love this book as well as those of us that don't ride. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michele Marlo
I did not expect this book to be such a travelog. Granted, the author makes some valid points and observations, but I was truly bored by the concept.Published 14 months ago by greenpueo
Just ok. Not that interesting. Should've listened to the other reviewers.Published 14 months ago by PJR
Boring..and lots of liberal, anti capitalistic comments..hypocritically coming from a very wealthy man.Published 15 months ago by thomas v conroy
Easy to read, fun at times, but tries to explain a few urban phenomenons without adequate knowledge or analysis. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer