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French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France Hardcover – June 7, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (June 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312290454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312290450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With every book, this British writer inches ever closer to mastering Bill Bryson's unique mixture of travelogue and comedy. His latest offering finds the author on the roads and highways of France, Switzerland, and Germany, a 36-year-old novice cyclist trying to complete the Tour de France. Not the actual Tour de France, that is. Moore set off on the course several weeks before the actual race began, just to see if he could finish all 2,256 miles of it. Like his previous books, Frost on My Moustache (2000) and The Grand Tour (2001), this is not so much a travelogue as a travel situation comedy. Like the protagonist of a sitcom, things just keep happening to Moore: he finds himself in the unlikeliest of places, meeting the unlikeliest of people. He charts his tour progress with an impish wit, never taking anything too seriously, and is engagingly honest about his own shortcomings as a Tour de France cyclist. (He cheats, in other words.) Moore, and the reader, develop a greater understanding of what it takes to be a true tour cyclist: equal parts determination, stamina, and lunacy. His descriptions of the places he visits make these small towns and villages seem instantly familiar; the people he encounters become as real as our closest friends. About halfway through the book, we realize that it doesn't really matter whether he finishes the course; getting there is all the fun. A must for fans of offbeat travel books by the likes of Bryson, Calvin Trillin, and Tony Hawks. David Pitt
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A must read for all adventure travelers not just cyclists.
Paige Youngman
He brings all of this to life with amazing observation and endless humor.
Stephen Duggan
I did not enjoy the book as it's far too repetitive from day to day.
John Barrett

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I recently bought this book on vacation... a little light reading. I enjoyed it for just that. It had interesting historical facts about the Tour without succombing to a history lesson. His writing style is very...British. Be aware Mr Moore describes his European neighbors and their habits in a particularly british light. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By James Burke on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This novel answers a question most cyclists have asked themselves: Could I, a mere mortal, finish the Tour de France? The answer Moore walks away with is yes, you can probably Forrest Gump your way through--provided you play free and loose with the route and the rules.
As you begin the book, however, it seems as though it will take Moore a lifetime to reach this conclusion. The first few chapters read less like literature than the winning essay in a "Can You Fit a Gag in EVERY Sentence?" contest. At times it takes paragraph after excruciating paragraph of wacky hijinks for Moore to complete the most mundane task, e.g., picking up the bike and walking out the door--you may find yourself ready to scream "just get ON with it!" more than once.
Once Moore gets his act together and starts rolling, however, so does the book. Moore makes no secret of the fact that he is an absolute beginner when it comes to cycling, and this really helps the book remain fun. Rather than getting bogged down in technical jargon and precise details, Moore simply bumbles his way around France, using a liberal dose of caustic English wit to chronicle his journey and reflect on the unique, at times baffling enigma that is French culture. And he does bring to light some head-scratchers; why do the French post a permanent sign next to every chip, hole and gouge in a road instead of simply repaving it? In a country the size of France, how could a canyon 12 miles long and a mile wide possibly go undiscovered until 1905?
Moore's real genius, though, was in unearthing a treasure trove of arcane, fascinating Tour de France trivia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick Coyne on November 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a cyclist, tour de france fan and occasional cycle tourist. Tim Moore has managed to capture the essence of all that is good and bad about cycling and cycle-touring. He crams humour into almost every sentence and at times I was laughing out loud at the unique way that he manages to decribe things.
An excellent read for anyone that rides a bike, and I suspect that many non-cyclists will enjoy this too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. H. Mitchell on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think Tim Moore is a very funny writer, and this book is quite engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable. Mr. Moore takes it upon himself to follow the exact 2000 Tour de France route. Much hilarity ensues. As a fellow cyclist, I'm deeply impressed by his ability to climb the fearsome cols of Galibier and Ventoux; I suspect he wasn't as ill-trained as he claims. That aside, the history of the Tour de France is covered quite well here, along with rotten hotel rooms, excruciating pain, abdominal mishaps, and frank surprise at his ability to finish the route. I give this four stars only because I think his "Travels with a Donkey" is superior. This is a fun read for anyone with a passing interest in cycling, road racing, and France.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JER on January 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Two vignettes of my experience reading French Revolutions may help you to understand just how funny this book is:

1. Reading it on the train to Sheffield, England I was sniggering so much that the person sitting opposite me in the carriage moved to a different seat, thinking that I might just be insane.

2. Reading it in bed, I woke up my girlfriend because I was laughing so hard that the bed shook.

Moore is so flagrantly unprepared and unfit for his adventure that it's amazing he wasn't run over by a truck or carted off the hill by an ambulance. Fortunately, his mordant wit keeps the book moving at a rapid clip. Great travel reading because it allows the couch potato in all of us to imagine that we're with him, drinking and complaining our way across France, rather than stuck on a plane or train going nowhere fast.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Price on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really liked Moore's writing style, and as commented by other reviewers it is similar to that of Bill Bryson. He conjures up some great, and frequently comical images with his prose.
If your a cyclist, and you enjoy travel journals this is an excellent choice.
I found it also helped me get back out on the bike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marshmallow on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
An entertaining read. The author has a wacky sense of humour and knows how to construct a scene. I'd recommend it for fans of the Tour de France.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Gladman on February 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Keep up the good work Tim, your clear eye sees life humerously and to the point. Pedal onwards and upwards
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