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Janapar: Love, on a Bike Paperback – January 29, 2013
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About the Author
At the age of 23, Tom Allen quit a perfectly good career in IT in favour of a life of penniless, wandering itinerancy. He set off with a three-wheeled bicycle, a tent and a video camera, leaving his Midlands home with a madcap idea to cycle round the globe. Fate, however, had other ideas, and eight months into his ride, alone in mountains during a bitter Caucasian winter, he met Tenny -- the girl who would change the course of his journey and then his life. After four saddle-sore years spent cycling across three continents, Tom sat down to write the book that would tell this personal tale of adventure and romance in full. 'Janapar' was published in early 2013, alongside a feature-length documentary created from Tom's raw footage by BBC producer-director James Newton. Tom continues to write and travel as a full-time occupation, and runs a popular adventure cycling advice website at tomsbiketrip.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
Allen's writing style makes for an enjoyable read. The non-chronological storytelling isn't as disruptive as it might seem. Our memories often jump from point to point returning to something as we remember another aspect of the story. The story comes across as talking to a friend over a series of evenings while sharing a few pints.
It must have been one hell of a ride as Allen is sometimes brutal about himself and his early approach to the trip. That, to me, indicates a person who learned a lot the hard way. Reading his current Website / blog indicates he did indeed learn a great deal
I haven't finished the story as yet but I'm curious to see how the grand world tour by bicycle, complete with big name retailer backing, fell apart. I have passed the point in the story where one of the three jolly riders leaves to go back to his girlfriend. The film indicated the second rider leaves for a similar reason. Ultimately, all three abandon the ride for a woman . . . which I suppose is a spoiler . . . oops!
Still, it's a good read and an interesting insight into one man's travels by bicycle.
the book is an easy read, full of English humor and auto-irony. It tels a story which is bought outside and within. it is not what you would call an "adventure book", it is more like a diary.
i also like the way by which the present time and the past, i.e. the previous parts of Tom's journey meld into the books texture.
Tom Allen is a good writer. His narrative is about how superficial differences hide the fact that humans share more than meets the eye. And that the edges of our world is the centre of another.
Certainly worth reading. A book I recommend heartily