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Moods of Future Joys Paperback – November 1, 2007

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"Reminiscent of the great tradition of British explorers."  —Guardian

About the Author

Alastair Humphreys, in addition to cycling round the world, has also competed in the Marathon des Sables, the 'toughest race on earth,' running 150 miles through the Sahara. Despite breaking his foot during the race he still finished as one of the top ten British runners. He rowed across the channel with Major Phil Packer to raise money for Help For Heroes, travels to Sierra Leone to support his main charity cause: Hope and Homes for Children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Eye Books; 2nd edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903070562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903070567
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martha Solomon on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Because the author couldn't get a publisher, he decided to brazen ahead and self-publish. The book lacks the professional polish of a publishing house, but makes up for it in preserving a vivid sense of the writer's personality, so the book is more like an evening in a bar listening to tall tales that happen to be true. Humphreys honestly reveals the trepidations he began with, while allowing us to experience with him how his fears yielded to respect and pleasure in the people and cultures he got to know. And always the undercurrent of incredible freedom in the midst of the pains and pleasures of his journey. I've never been to the places he pedals through, nor lived as ruggedly close to the land, but Humphreys' enthusiastic writing let me feel as if I had.
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This book is quite an enjoyable read and should be inspirational to anyone who has been contemplating embarking on an adventure of their own but is hesitating out of fear of not being a hardcore adventurer or athlete or, more importantly, having the bank account to support a long adventure.

Alastair Humphreys paints colorful pictures of the places he rides through and of the many people he meets and whose hospitality support his journey from place to place. If anything, this reader was left wanting to learn more about the people and places encountered by Humphreys. The book would have perhaps benefited by having more fleshed out "characters" and a bit more historical/geographical/ethno-cultural information about the regions he rode through, rather than so many references to other travel writers. Humphreys' self-awareness as an outsider looking in is thought provoking. He exposes the assumptions people make about each other based purely on their appearance or nationality.

Humphreys' prose is a bit uneven, alternating between insightful, well crafted sections and somewhat rough sections. Punctuation errors are distracting at times. As Humphreys admits, this self-published book is a bit rough and in need of some professional editing and photographs. I'd like to see the next edition of this book include lots of photographs and detailed maps, so the reader can follow the journey without having to constantly reach for the atlas.

This book's weaknesses may be, paradoxically, its greatest strength.
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When I picked up this book I was a bit skeptical because I have read a lot of round-the-world travel books, I thought this book would be just like the rest of them. That is until I started reading it. Humphreys brilliantly portrays each country he is riding through, using humor and sharp observation. This book is award worthy, it should be up there with other great travel books and in every great book shelf. Looking foward to part two.
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A really amazing adventure and a really great read. Al has honestly changed the way I think about many countries in Africa and about travelling in general. I have recomended this book to many of my wanderlusting friends, and to anyone who appreciates the absurd.
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The beginning of a four year odyssey, “…around the world by bike.” Alastair Humphreys’ Moods of Future Joys is a tale of adventure and self-discovery. A journey of 46,000 miles was just two weeks into the ride when the world as we knew it changed with the events of September 11th. The plans for his epic adventure found Al Humphreys in Istanbul with decisions to make. I love and subscribe in my own adventures to something Alastair said, “Don’t make big decisions when, tired, lonely, hungry, frightened, ill, or at night.” He turned right and continued his ride into Africa without any prior planning or knowledge of what lie ahead. This story Moods of Future Joys and the second part, Thunder & Sunshine tell a vivid and engaging tale of the life and times in our world. Alastair Humphreys will quickly become one of your favorite authors. Take an armchair adventure and enjoy his book Moods of Future Joys.
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This book is a fantastic read, especially for those of us who dream of adventure while sitting at our desks, making dinner, or changing a diaper. Though the vicarious thrill was perhaps not the reason Humphreys wrote the book, I did appreciate experiencing it. Especially as one whose "adventures" are limited to one night camping trips, and the occasional suburban bike ride.

Humphreys' writing is direct and personal, which makes the reader feel as if 'Al' had stayed at his house for a few days along his route. The reflections on the cultures and nations he encounters are challenging and thought-provoking, all with a wry humor, that at times results in out-loud laughter. The bits about The Questions were particularly appreciated.

Most of all, the book is a challenge to achievement. Though not all of us can take 4 years to cycle around the world, we can all set high personal goals, and bit by bit, achieve them.
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I read this book while stationed in Iraq, and it allowed me to completely escape my confined surroundings and explore the world on a bike. I admire Alastair's journey, sympathy, and observations on the size of the world. Alastair strikes a great tone between the physical strain of his long days of lonely cycling and the joys of human contact. This truly epic journey gave Alastair insights into the real lives of the many nations he visits. It's been said before, but a bicycle moves at the perfect speed to really be immersed in the world as you travel. Excellent travel book--please recommend it to everyone!
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