Sunday, May 10, 2009

Book Report: Odysseus’ Last Stand by Dave Stamboulis

The Cycling Dutchman, Peter Van Glabbeek, , left a book behind after his brief stay with us on his trip around the world (we sent him off with Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods). Peter’s gift to us, Odysseus’ Last Stand, by Dave Stamboulis, is a wonderful telling of an around-the-world journey by the author and (at least for more than half the trek) his wife Hitomi.

Dave Stamboulis does not gloss over the hardships of bike travel nor its rewards. He tells of being pelted with rocks, pedaling through feces strewn roads and near muggings as well as the beauty seen from the saddle. This is a great book to occupy rainy days.

We hope to pass the book along to our next Warm Showers guest. This copy has a life of its own. I don’t know where it’s been or where it may travel. Hopefully it will keep us posted.


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