Thursday, July 15, 2010

Now Appearing in The Internet Review of Books

Adventures and misadventures

The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

By David V. Herlihy
336 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $26.00
Reviewed by Gary Presley

Fred G. Lenz is The Lost Cyclist. He was most likely murdered in eastern Turkey in 1894, while bicycling around the world. But this book isn’t about Lenz’s adventure alone. It’s about Lenz as an ambitious young man; about other bicyclists who did make the circumnavigation; about the misbegotten attempt to discover what happened to Lenz; about colonialism, racial hatred, and ethnic strife; and about the hubris of the Industrial Age meeting cultures clinging to ancient ways.

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