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Member Name: topsyturvy
Date: 02/02/03, updated on 21/01/05 (50 review reads)
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I am someone who takes a long time to pick up a book but I do love reading so when I actually feel like reading I get interested but know right away if a book is going to be good or bad. I will read the first 3 or so chapters to see if I like the book but if it doesn't begin by about 70 pages I know nothing is going to happen even by about 30 pages I can tell. I get the mango catalogue and get a list of all of the best books and this book appeared.
I read what this book was about and it seemed a strange idea for a book but that was why it caught my attention so I went on the library website and searched to see if any were in stock at my local library then got it.
The cover is very interesting the doors of an underground train closing with hands caught in the doorway trying to open the doors or either they are just stuck. With the train being on the front cover it's quite obvious this book is about the London Underground or some railway network and even with the tunnel vision title.
The story is about Andy he is quite simply the most obsessed person in the UK on the London Underground he knows everything possible and ever since he saw his first tube map he has learned everything. He knoiws the quickest ways to get places how long each line has been working and every single station route and stop. He knows everything and has all possible merchandise which I found very scary when I began reading but even though it is very odd it is also in some ways educational and I found out how long the lines had been open which I didn't know and many other things. It's not something you need to know but still something I didn't know and learnt.
The author Keith Lowe must really like the Underground and who knows he may have even based the main character Andy on himself because even being the author he still had to do some research or write about things he knew.
In this book Andy tells us how he knows that girls are
not interested in his hobby and even his fiance Rachel gets annoyed with him thinking he loves the trains more than he loves her who he is supposed to be marrying. Andy is friends with another tube lover who he always goes out to drink with he seems like his company although Rachel can't stand the sight of Rolf.
A few nights before his wedding Andy feels he needs to have free time away from Rachel and behaves like a student drinking out until late but she wants to spend time with him, I guess men and women are different. Rolf and Andy are chatting but then Rolf decides to make a bet that Andy can go round every tube station on every line apart from certain newer ones which weren't there when the world record for this task was done previously
Neither Rolf or Andy agree to this until the betting begins to get serious they are betting for real life things, Andy bets his travelcard, Rachel, passport, honeymoon tickets, keys, credit card, tickets for the Eurostar night train and Rolf handed over his pride any joy his box with his collection of tickets from the underground every single one that has ever been issued.
He gets up early before the doors of Morden underground station open and sets out with disposable cameras to take pictures of stations. The doors open late so he has to do this quick and he hopes there will be no delays and has everything planned perfectly and timed but without his travelcard he will have to pay for a ticket which takes longer.
He has to travel the whole network before he gets married and if he doesn't he will have lost everything. The questions is will he dot it? Read the book and find out the answer, I kept flicking the pages in anticipation to know the final verdict.
This is a fantastic book, it keeps you turning those pages with so many things going on. This book is always given great ratings and has been highly recommended. Keith Lowe has done a great job and his writing is fant
astic, a new author to me and I would definitely read something from him again.
I like the introduction to each chapter with a time and the underground station or route. Throughout the book there are also parts on how Andy met Rachel and his life story. The book is split into parts, south east London, north east, east, I never realised how big a place London was until I read this. I have used the underground a lot before but never thought about it as much as Andy.
I love the story of this book it's interesting and even with Andy loving the underground so much he still doesn't seem boring and Rachel is also a good character. With the description of Rolf I could even picture him and the homeless man at the start of the book. Not a lot of detail but this book is written so that you feel Andy is a friend the way he is talking. Rolf is jealous of Andy and is lucky to have him as a friend.
Keith Lowe has actually made the London Underground seem interesting which is something I never thought possible. I don't know if there are any Andy's out there but if there are go read this. I would not normally pick up a book like this but was looking for a book and with all the good comments had to get it.