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A very exciting book,
This review is from: Groundrush (Hardcover)
This has got to be one of my favourite books ever. It's very short, but it's the only book I can remember that literally made my heart beat faster as I was reading. Surprisingly, Jakeman is a good writer and he conveys the darker side of his obsession with great skill. His forays into Zen philosophy could have been heavy-handed but instead they are handled with eloquence and economy. Although Jakeman seems to invoke artistic licence for some of the narrative (rival groups of BASE jumpers bumping into each other at the foot of the Barbican Centre, for example), he pulls no punches in describing the often brutal outcome of his sport. The result is a visceral, spine-tingling and extremely engaging book. The only surprise is that he doesn't seem to have written anything since. Er...