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Running with the Moon

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Jonny Bealby was devastated when his fiancee, Melanie, died unexpectedly while they were travelling in Kashmir. Two years later, still heartbroken and utterly disillusioned, he took on the challenge of a lifetime. Setting out with only his motorbike for company, he began a daring and dangerous journey around the African continent in a desperate attempt to unearth some mean ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Random House UK (first published 1996)
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Aug 16, 2010 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
A travel book: boy rides motorcycle around Africa, interspersed with flashbacks to the sudden death of his fiancee and their romance (and no this is not a spoiler). Sometimes too syrupy for words, and sometimes truly interesting, but often too little about the places he visits.
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Dec 22, 2015 Evander v marked it as dropped
Well, a few pages in and already we've had gems like "Zaire may have been in turmoil, as, no doubt, were countless other African states, but so what?" As long as your trip's still on, you don't care. Then his "first experience of African bureaucracy": "Jonny, remember, this is ~Africa~, learn patience." I don't have time already for this crap, and went to read this book because it's been on my shelf for years and I'm cleaning up. There are more than enough books about Africa by Africans for me t ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
A solid addition to my work-in-progress motorcycle adventure library.
I must admit, I didn't see the ending coming, pleasant surprise there and a nice coda. I may have skipped out the italicized relationship-history sections, although I'm sure others would like the book for those exact parts.
Quite the feat for early-1990's Africa, legendary even?
Quite enjoyed the book, compare and contrast with Charlie Boorman and Ewen M.'s Long Way Down.
Enjoyed it, which is what counts.
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Jul 28, 2013 Mihai Alexe rated it it was amazing
My favorite motorcycling adventure book, by far.
Heartfelt and true, it's bits of Africa flying by you as you thunder down that dirt road. If you ever wanted to ride a motorcycle, please pick this one up.
Mar 12, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
A guy travels through Africa by motorbike down the west coast and back up the east. Amazing journey off the beaten path.
Sep 05, 2014 Eon rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, not his writing so much.
The endless similes got on my nerves a bit.
But a heartfelt telling, and a great adventure.
Jane Delaney
Feb 15, 2012 Jane Delaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Being a rider myself I could understand his frustrations when the bike got stuck in mud. Wonder how things are with him now?
Probably my favourite non-classic book. When I finished the book I felt I had to know what happened next. I didn't find the follow-up quite as compelling but still worth a read.
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