Sierra Club Cycling Book Review: Into Thick Air
Playing on the title of Jon Krakauer's personal account of the disaster on Mt. Everest titled Into Thin Air
, Jim Malusa has written Into Thick Air
about cycling alone to the lowest points of six continents. Over six years, Malusa went on a series of "anti-expeditions" to the "anti-summits" with his bike and beer kept cold by swaddling it in his sleeping bag.
Malusa's writing style is easy to read and enjoyable, and he takes us to parts of the world we may never travel to. His botany background enables him to describe the landscape from Lake Eyre in Australia to Death Valley. In Africa, Malusa learns there are only 12 lawyers in all of Djibouti, where disputes are brought to elders rather than lawyers. One of my favorite writers Barbara Kingsolver said about Malusa, "I've followed all of Jim's amazing and hilarious journeys, and I am happy to claim him as one of my favorite writers." With an endorsement like that, you are sure to enjoy Into Thick Air.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at August 4, 2008 1:25 AM