[KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins


  • Paperback
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  • Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia
  • Mark Jenkins
  • English
  • 03 September 2020
  • 9781594867644

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FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW REVIEW Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook      With this brilliant account of his journey at once edge of your seat exciting and literary Mark Jenkins established himself as the master of adventuretravel writing In 1989 he and six companions two Americans and four Russians set out on an arduous first ever crossing of Siberia by bike cycling across rutted dirt roads swamps the Ural Mountains and through Moscow and Leningrad     This beautifully repackaged edition of. I nearly didn t make it through the first uarter of this book Probably one of the most poorly written books I ve encountered The lack of punctuation and subjectobject sentences were annoying at best There is one section near the end of the book that seems to have no connections at all to anything else in the bookp The only reason I stuck with it was to compare my own experiences with the Soviets in the same timeframe But not riding a bicylce After getting over the sloppy writing or the author s pretensions of being another Faulknerthe story moved along Half way through it was clear that the author had some significant observations to contribute on the Soviet system and the inherent hospitality of the Russian people Chapter 32 captures two very very clear examples of life under the Soviet regime Descriptions of trying to obtain a meal in a restaurant were re runs of just about every restaurant experience I had in the former Soviet Union Following on that description is a hilarious maddening re run of trying to make an international phone call How many times did I and my family endure such insane logic as the following There are no Americans in Krasnoyarsk and there have never been any Americans in Krasnoyarsk so obviously it is not possible to make a reservation to make a call to the US from Krasnoyarsk Bzzzzzz p There are some very realistic descriptions of the inherent kindness and hospitality of the ordinary ie non Soviet Russians These descriptions alone are worth the read The mud lack of roads and sheer grittiness of the bike ride is uite beyond belief Though the author does describe well two types of motivations for the riders on the trip Overall worth the read

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FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW REVIEW Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Jenkins's travel classic vividly chronicles the highlights of this amazing voyage including a month spent biking through an 800 mile swamp and the team's interactions with some fascinating characters from the widow who makes Mark sleep in her dead son's bed to the Lithuanian searching for the concentration camp where his wife spent her childhood Combining the exhilaration of record setting adventure with thoughtful introspection Jen. This is a very good book It was written near the end of the Soviet era so it includes all of the usual mocking of Soviet bureaucracy and rigid Soviet thought At a few moments in the story the Jenkins seemed to be naive immature or just an ungrateful guest of the Soviets One may not like one s hosts but one should not mock them in their presenceThe joys and travails of crossing Siberia by bicycle are compellingly told The famous generosity and kindness of Russians citizens is wonderfully communicated The author made two decisions that made this book a four star book rather than a five star book The author is an excellent writer but periodically he tries to be a poet as well making the prose a bit difficult to follow and as in my case encouraging the reader to skim over those passages The author also introduced an erotic chapter early in the book that was unwarranted Gratuitously erotic but not sexual I was embarrassed for the author when I read this chapter but he did an excellent job through the remainder of the book

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FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW REVIEW Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Kins's words allow readers to recognize the extraordinary in the day to day lives of ordinary Russians     USA Today called Off the Map a literary epic Newsweek declared the ornery observant Jenkins is good company on every page And Robert Pirsig author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance wrote Jenkins is a master of the fundamental writer's talent an ability to see things in new ways as no one has ever seen them before. Ugh I was so excited when I found this used in my local bookstore I wanted a dangerousfunexciting bicycle adventure through a big blank spot on the world map What I got was a gross male gaze centric rambling account of every female the author encounters including his own mother and an assessment of a 14 YEAR OLD GIRL s nipples I don t usually bother to comment on books I can t finish I uietly wipe them from my list and move on but this one I m leaving as a reader beware for any other adventure lovers looking for a compelling story This is not for you It s definitely not for me


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    READ Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW I nearly didn't make it through the first uarter of this book Probably one of the most poorly written books I've encountered The lack of punctuation and subjectobject sentences were annoying at best There is one section near the end of the book that seems to have no connections at all to anything else in the bookp The only reason I stuck with it was to compare my own experiences with the Soviets in the same timeframe But not riding a bicylc

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    [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins Adventure Biking A great book about a group of americans who decide they want to be the first to bike across the e

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    [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins READ Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia I am a casual cyclist and a fan of adventure travel books This book was an obvious choice for those reasons but I never expected that it would be so enjoyable The journey is epic The character stories along the way are memorable and touching Other reviews criticized the writing style and gave me the impression that the writing woul

  4. says: READ Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW

    [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins The subtitle of Off the map is Bicycling across Siberia But the subtitle should be A pedophile bikes across Siberia Consider these passages describing a 13 year old female biker the author enountered near Birobidzhan A girl Everything round her was out of focus but she was clean and clear and right beside me Her head down

  5. says: [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins

    FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW READ Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia OFF THE MAP BICYCLING ACROSS SIBERIA by Mark JenkinsThe journey across Siberia begins The year is not mentioned But soon it is apparent that the Berlin Wall has not yet fallen It isn’t Russia It is the Soviet Union Three Americans One Russian and Three Soviets make the team that will be the first to cross Russia from the Japan

  6. says: [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins

    [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins This is a very good book It was written near the end of the Soviet era so it includes all of the usual mocking

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    FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW READ Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia Jenkins has a uniue style Some readers hate it and think he's a bad writer Joseph Heller Ernest Hemingway and R

  8. says: [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins

    [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins Ugh I was so excited when I found this used in my local bookstore I wanted a dangerousfunexciting bicycle adventu

  9. says: [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins

    READ Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins This is the story of the first cycling expedition across Siberia which occured before the fall of the Iron Curtain It's an absolutely ridiculous story and like all Jenkins books extremely well written At one point they had to walk their bikes along train tracks for 700 miles where there are no roads Along the way they got to meet villagers and get to know what life is like in the USSR Phenominal story

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    [KINDLE] Off the Map Bicycling Across Siberia AUTHOR Mark Jenkins FREE READ É PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook º Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins º 0 REVIEW Extreme cycling in the USSR Well written Mark Jenkins from Seattle has climbed on 5 continents and cycled across 4 His words draw mental pictures of the hardships and delights I too saw much of the Soviet Union that same year However my route in the south was much less challenging

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