This is a light hearted little book with some interesting ideas. It is written in a funny, though sometimes a little superior way. The main character is a shop assistant who goes on a bicycling holiday, falls in love with a young girl he meets and ends up deciding to improve his life. The young girl has run away from her step mothers home with a man because she wants to be a writer and a journalist. The (married) man wanted an affair and the girl is most distraught to discover his true intentions. Him wanting to "awaken her sexual desires" where she's just interested in having her own life and writing. The irony comes from her step mother who wrote a book about a young girl (though 21 not 18) who goes to Paris to live by herself to paint. But the step mother is horrified that her step daughter would take this to heart and actually think of doing something similar.
It's an enjoyable, if light, story. There's a lot about learning to ride bicycles, and biking holidays. But even if (like me) you've not ridden a bicycle since you were 13, it's still fun....Continua