Il racconto del suo giro c'è, ma di romanzo c'è ben poc Non si tratta di un romanzo. In 1895 Annie Kopchovsky left her Orthodox Jewish husband and three children to set off on an around the world trip on a bicycle. I thought this might be a good book to recommend to biking friends, but I think I would recommend it only to female biking friends, and then with a caveat. A few, such as Elizabeth Robins Pennell, had already made lengthy journeys by wheel. This was a good story - all the better because it was true - but it could use some editing. I understand the author's handicap in not being able to uncover many direct sources from Annie herself, but I think it would have been better if the author had a point of view about who and what Annie was, rather than leaving her as a bit of a mystery and a curiosity. Why not be up-front with this from the beginning? I think this whole story would've been more compelling had the author interweaved his story and connection in with Annie's story of her trip throughout the book, as well as her descendants' stories.
Although she obviously became a strong rider-- and she clearly had a lot of guts-- she was also duping the public, which is just as interesting of a story. The story focuses on a woman named Annie Kochovsky who, near the turn of the century, abandoned her husband and three children, along with her Jewish last name, and set out to be the first woman to travel around the world on bicycle. According to Annie, the wager allowed her fifteen months to circle the globe and required that she earn her upkeep during the trip. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. The spine may show signs of wear.
Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. Yet these women were the vanguard of a dress reform movement catalyzed in no small measure by the increasing popularity of the bicycle. Still, you have to admire her strength and resolve. Amelia Earhardt had a desire from the youngest age to fly and then to fly around the world, her dream, her aspiration, with the help of a great public relations man. Annie Kopchovsky changed all of that.
Annie went to New York and on to Chicago, arriving on September 24th. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Some, mostly men, argued that the exertion involved in cycling was too much for the frail female physiology. Download Around The World On Two Wheels Annie Londonderrys Extraordinary Ride Books The Iso Zone The Ultimate Retro Gaming Resource. They simply wanted clothing better suited to the pursuit than was their traditional Victorian garb. I'm glad to have read the story told through the eyes of one of her relations. Bookseller: , Washington, United States Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2007.
When Annie left Boston in June of that year, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. The author did an admirable job of squishing 50 pages worth of material into a 200 page book. It seems quite clear to me that this gentleman sold the book on proposal and then could not I found this to be a very terrible book about a very interesting event. I think the book would have been stronger if there had been a bit more focus on that. I especially loved the explanations of the correlation between women and bicycles in both fashion and poster art. I enjoyed the parts where Zheutlin discusses how he discovered that he was distantly related to Annie Londonderry and how he found her granddaughter, etc.
She was quite the woman of her time and a real force for the understanding of women as equals to men. The author's knowledge of bicycling technology seems fantastically absent; he doesn't cover much of the interesting aspects of the way bicycles were invented, and that seems far more relevant than other things discussed repetitively and largely without insight. The story of how Annie basically lied her way around the globe is just as interesting as if she'd actually done it all on two wheels and this book presents it well and with very little bias, given it was written by her great-grand nephew. Many newspaper clips and opinion pieces of the time on the woman who dared to do what a man had done earlier. Sturdy book, light blue cloth spine, dark green boards, very bright gilt lettering on spine, 260 pages including glossy photo section. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. Ammetto di non aver mai sentito parlare di questa donna, che a vent'anni o poco più decide di accettare una scommessa, partendo da Boston lasciando a casa il marito e tre figli piccoli, per andare alla volta del mondo in sella a una bici.
It may very well be that there is just not enough actual information to fill in the gaps, such as any information about why Annie might have embarked on the journey. Non si tratta di un romanzo. Il racconto del suo giro c'è, ma di romanzo c'è ben poco. This book was not an easy read with detailed descriptions and some repetition of the same events. It also included the impact it had on her loved ones. Unica pecca del libro è che avremmo desiderato qualcosa in più, il punto di vista di Annie: le sue emozioni, le sue stanchezze, le sue scelte. There are enough facts about this fascinating story that a good fiction writer could paint a captivating tale of this unusual woman and her adventure, by using a bit of imagination and envisioning certain aspects of the story.
And in the portions of the tale that seem like they should be the most interesting, there is little said while several pages are dedicated to quotations that are pointless and add little if nothing to he progression of the account. Bookseller: , Florida, United States. When Annie left Boston in June 1894, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. When Annie left Boston in June 1894, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. Annie was hardly the only woman taking to the highways on a bicycle. The story focuses on a woman named Annie Kochovsky who, near the turn of the century, abandoned her husband and three children, along with her Jewish last name, and set out to be the first woman to travel around the world on bicycle.
The effect is, well, boring. Written by her great grand-nephew, the supplementary materials about Peter Zheutlin's personal connection and genealogical reserach and Annie's published account of her journey, this is also a fascinating account of the power of personal ancestors and family stories to shape one's life. She appears to have been a born storyteller, and extremely glib: consistently using the main channel of media at the time newspapers to publicize her tour and raise money. To be sure, she had to cross the oceans in ships, but it seemed like she took the train more than was absolutely necessary. Zheutlin carefully tracing Annie's route and story via newspaper clippings and other ephemera I'm a historian, so the process is often as interesting as the conclusions for me. Peter Zheutlin is an avid cyclist and a freelance journalist whose work appears regularly in the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor.
He is constantly pointing out instances where she stretched or misrepresented the truth. I really enjoyed this part of the book. Not only that, but she embellished her stories leaving the reader wondering what was true and what was not. Book Pairings: I first learned of Annie Londonderry through performer Evalyn Parry's amazing spoken word rendition of Annie's story on her album also stage show Spin. As far as popular histories goes, this was relatively well done, but I would have liked to see more development of Annie Londonderry as a character and in relation to her family and what it meant for a Jewish mother of three to attempt such an adventure! So if you were hoping to find out just how a woman in 1894 fared in foreign lands, this is not the book. La sua è una vera e propria impresa titanica, molto impegnativa e sconvolgente, non solo a quei tempi.