The Rider

This is so different from The Vanishing! Well, I’ve not read the novel, but I mean the film version…

It’s also unlike any book about sports that I’ve every read, certainly not what one expects from the description of a single bicycle race.

None of which is to say that I didn’t enjoy it. But how to describe? As usual, others have done it quite well already: “KrabbĂ©s half-day race…shows the sport for what it is: painful, exhilarating, tactical, relational, fast, slow, dangerous, consuming, prone to mechanical failure, heroic, futile. But to say that the race is a metaphor for life is to miss the point. The race obliterates whatever isn’t racing. Life is the metaphor for the race.” (review in Economist)

Category: biography, sports

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