Book Review: Riding: Cassia Cassitas



Riding by Cassia Cassitas is a story that happens between the 1988 South Korean Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics of a couple Mario and Elizabeth who works for the International Olympic Committee, travelling the globe organizing the Olympic events, and who at a certain point have a son, André who decides to follow in his father’s footsteps as a cycling para-athlete.

André has racing in his blood, and the author is very good at describing all the steps of the growth both physical and especially athletic and moral of the small athlete and intertwine perfectly very interesting digressions about both the experienced and the daily life of André, that the vicissitudes of issues relating to his life. One is stunned to read the determination of this little boy, who is stubborn in pursuing his dream of participating in the Olympics.

There is always room to celebrate the myths of the Olympics. While the stories take place all over the planet and consist of different characters, they all have the spotlight of a cyclist who is striving to take part in the Olympics. The book has the advantage of being told by a couple who lived in live events, unveiling new anecdotes. Andre wants to fly like the wind, because the wind is free.

There's something for everyone, from backstage tantrums of the players and the secrets of the trainings, to mutual envy to the friendships that were born, the jokes from the locker room to the star life of millionaires in shorts, which was never picked up by any camera, and there it seems that things happened that we humans can ever imagine.

A wonderful book, very well written, the author managed to describe situations, dreams, reality, emotions, travel, that the couple had personally experienced with dramatic stories that will help you to understand even more deeply the people that you meet every day.

The reader can laugh, cry, dream and take real awareness of the issues addressed to capture and store moments as you get fascinated by the style simple, but strong and happy expressing the emotions felt with so much affection, love, friendship with smooth writing, that captivates you.

Moving and beautifully written then the fact that it is a true story involving even more beautiful, compelling, poignant and intense that leaves you something, and enriches your thinking with a book that gets straight to the heart with a nice story, almost addictive. The book may not be considered one of the masterpieces of contemporary literature, although the story is really compelling.

A book written from the heart and with a light and flowing style, despite the dramatic nature of the events is a book touching, simple, smooth and direct in a story that gets to the heart, with every page you're with the couple, with their love of life, passion for travel, and the desire to succeed. It is a book moving and indignant, that is so fascinating that it can be read in one breath

But here, after this novel, there reconciled the feeling the victory, that leaves us amazed at the beauty lost, to the future that never comes.




Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 252 ♥ Publisher: CreateSpace ♥ Published: April 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1511966139