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Features lots of bonking
Cat - Freya North
Member Name: moo2moo
Cat - Freya North
Advantages: Easy to read
Disadvantages: Far too detailed in the treatment of haemorrhoids
Cat is the tale of Catriona "the babe" McCabe, fledgling sports journalist, on her first ever Tour de France covering the event for The Guardian newspaper.
The book features the sort of detail that you'd expect to find within the pages of a specialist cycling magazines pull out supplement on the Tour in a stage by stage blow by blow account. As a bike enthusiast I found this mildly informative but for those with no interest in cycling whatsoever give it a very wide berth as it features an awful lot of strategy and references to cog sizes as well as haemorrhoids and udder cream.
The only redeeming feature is the books devotion to bonking. A term used to indicate the point of fatigue at which a rider can go no further and abandons the race. Of course theres lots of the other sort of bonking too, however this is farcically described with lots of exciting statements like "her sex was moist". Riveting stuff. This could well have been a contender for The Literary Bad Sex Award although in 1999 (the year of publication) that prestigious honour went to A.A. Gil's Starcrossed.
The author uses some rather odd concepts which include conversations interspersed with the characters subconscious thoughts in italics between lines. Following one character doing this is tolerable but when every single one of them is at it it seems to go on forever and gets very confusing.
The ultimate question would seem to be did I enjoy it? It certainly gave me an insight into the Tour De France from the riders perspective and it made me laugh rather a lot but I fear that was unintentional on the authors part. Its not something I would re-read.
Summary: Give it a miss