Matt Delbridge Delbridge de Chandresal, Rajasthan, India
Difficile à terminer, mais l'a fait.
Écouté celui-ci en février 2011.
Having read Walter Rhein’s fantasy novel The Bone Sword, I was more than willing to give his non-fiction book a go. I have to admit that I know very little about cross-country skiing, but Beyond Birkie Fever gave me a wonderful insight into what these athletes have to go through to prepare for such an exacting race. I enjoyed the way the author took me right back to his earliest experiences with skiing, as this set the tone very nicely for what clearly became an obsession. His easy, witty prose and highly amusing anecdotes had me laughing and gasping in turns as I learned what tolls the ‘Birkie’ takes on the novice (and even the professional!) skier. I am full of admiration for Walter Rhein and indeed anyone who has the determination and dedication to achieve the levels of fitness necessary to be competitive in events such as the Birkie. It is testament to Rhein’s talent as a writer that a non-skier like myself was able to experience something of the ‘Fever’ that the Birkie instils in those who come back year after year, trying to improve their times and move into the ‘elite wave’. Both skiers and non-skiers alike will gain something from this fascinating book, which I can highly recommend.