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Book Review: The Lost Cyclist

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The Lost Cyclist:  The epic tale of an American adventurer and his mysterious disappearanceThe Lost Cyclist: The epic tale of an American adventurer and his mysterious disappearance by David V. Herlihy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the most enjoyable histories I’ve ever read — largely because of the subject, but also because Herlihy tells such a gripping, romantic, mysterious story. His research is impeccable, and the narrative pedals along as steadily as a bike on rough roads. Although his story is tragic, Frank Lenz has become a new hero of mine, for his humble Pittsburgh origins, his tenacious “globe-girdling” venture, and his martyrdom in the name of anthropology of adventure. I wanted to begrudge his rivals (old-money New Yorkers who never had to raise a nickel for their three-year trek), but they were also a delight to read about. It’s heartening to know that, even during the Victorian age, a clique of young men could travel the world and embrace its diversities.

Should you have a similar fetish for history, photography, long-distance cycling, early journalism and adventure travel, “The Lost Cyclist” absolutely must be found.

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