- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 5, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595269907
- ISBN-13: 978-0595269907
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life is a Road, the Soul is a Motorcycle Paperback – March 5, 2003
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Daniel Meyer is a pilot, engineer, skier, and an avid motorcyclist with a few hundred thousand miles under his belt. When asked to describe himself, his usual answer is, "I'm a six-foot, three-hundred pound, blue-eyed Texan; supremely confident and strong as an ox, though I usually don't smell like one."
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The cover (at least of my edition) bears the legend "a novel by Daniel Meyer". It's certainly NOT that. It could be argued that it's a collection of short stories, but it's really not that either... mostly just vignettes of motorcycling with no real plot lines, with some of what might be poetry thrown in.
I think by "novel" the author means that it's fiction, which at least some of it almost certainly is. We are, for instance, asked to suspend disbelief when a very attractive lady, found naked, barefoot and alone in the woods at night (which she doesn't bother to explain over hours of conversation, and is apparently never asked) later produces a personalized calling card. Not "calling card" as a euphemism or metaphor, a real, physical card. The fact that authors, unlike movie directors, don't have "continuity" departments doesn't mean that they couldn't sometimes benefit from them.
I read it through, and enjoyed a few parts of it, but it doesn't gel as literature or fiction, nor does it really convey much about the experience of motorcycling.. at least as I experience it. Despite the somewhat pretentious title, there's very little in the way of pondering motorcycling's nature, beyond expressions of exuberance. Well, there is a great deal of exuberance involved, but there are also depths that go untouched here.
In fairness to the author, capturing much about the experience seems nearly impossible for any writer.. but I keep hoping.
This is not a novel, on the surface its a simple set of small narrations of what happened during a trip: I took road x, stopped and had x for dinner, slept in motel x, etc. For many people this is all they get from it and its not terribly exciting.
For others, those who have the travelling "bug" this is a thrilling narrative of the romance of the open road. What it feels like to leave work on a friday, all strung out and hit the "twisties" and stop at small places where people call you "hon" and to begin to put your priorities back in order.
Mr. Meyers feelings towards his ride and his enjoyment of the open road, the desire to just start riding, pick roads at random and see where you end up... more importantly his ability to enjoy things that others avoid, like riding in the middle of a storm or right through the middle of a dust-devil..appeal to me, its something that people either understand or look at you funny about. If you understand then this book is for you!
Fat guy (300 pounds) rides 100 miles and stops for food. Will eat ANYTHING, but makes multiple stops to find Diet Coke.
Since I initially wrote this review, I have purchased two more books in the series and loved both of them. I gave away all three books to other riders and couldn't wait for them to be returned. So I purchased all 4 books this time to keep in my library. They are great quick escapes that capture the spirit of what it means to ride a motorcycle.
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