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Round the World on a Wheel Hardcover – Abridged, March, 1982


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; Abridged edition (March 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701126094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701126094
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,198,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
One of the most memorable books I have ever read. JFF and two friends cycle around the world on Rover Safety bicycles between 1896 and 1899. Their adventures are spectacular. They carried a couple of guns which got them into trouble. The countries I remember best were Bulgaria, China, Japan and the USA. Nearly 600 pages of adventure. John Foster Fraser wrote a number of travel books and I have heard critisism that there is some exagerration employed. He visited Australia and the Panama Canal Zone but I found these books ordinary. True or not Around the World on a Wheel must rank as the greatest cycling book of all time.
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By A Customer on January 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book several years ago and it has been one of the most memorable "trips" ever taken. Their enthusiasm and naivete bring one along for the ride. Their descriptions of Chinese village life and interactions with peoples who had never seen a "white man" let alone a bicycle are truly unforgettable. Anyone who has ever ventured off the well trodden path can appreciate and participate vicariously with their adventures. Readers who have never ventured into the unknown will not believe this did, or could, happen!
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By ian mcewan on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A fellow Scot and cyclist, Frasers book is a look back at an age of naivety and general wonderment. With a healthy sense of imperal superiority Fraser describes his travels and the natives he meets on the way. The book, a straight travellogue, reminds me of a time when Scots were the explorers of the world and gives and insight into a bygone age. One in which the likes of Livingstone existed. Pity not many people back home have heard of him. Excellent book of a bygone age. And no punctures!
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