Book Review: “Riding” by Cassia CassitasSeptember 10, 2015 at 6:33 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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From the back cover: Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational narrative. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.
When he is born, Andre propels his mother’s life in a new direction. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn’t know when to come back home, strives to make him a worldly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.
Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.
Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.
As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life.
I hardly ever comment on the cover however this cover deserves to be commented upon. There is the picture of the handlebars of the bicycle in the bottom middle of the cover. There is a pathway to ride and to the left and the right is the world. I think this cover sets up the book’s story nicely. Obviously it is a story about cycling. That in itself makes it unique. Then we add in The Olympics and we have boosted this story into the sky. Then the focus is on Andre and his family life. There are so many layers to this wonderful story and I have not even told you all of them yet. I won’t because I do not want to spoil this reading experience. Once you get started you will not want to put this book down until you actually finish. I believe you are going to be caught up in this one.
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