A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar was never really what I expected it to be. It took over half the book for me to be drawn in and still then I didn’t downright love it – but I was at least curious as to what would happen next.
The story takes place in two separate timelines with respectively Evangeline English in 1923 and Frieda Blakeman as well as Tayeb Yafai in the present. Both are good stories with good fleshed out characters (though it took far longer for me to like Eva than it took to feel for Frieda and Tayeb). Obviously with such a book the two timelines are indeed somehow connected, but you aren’t told how till very late in the book (and you can’t guess and know for certain) – for me until it was revealed I was annoyed with the book, finding the stories fragmented and wishing I could just be one timelines entire story at a time. Once it had been revealed though I could better accept the shifts and enjoy how it now fit together.
All in all it turned out to be a good read with a pleasant closure. I would have liked it to be more engaging from the get-go, but at least it picked up the slack later on.
|A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar
read in Danish: En cyklende dame i Kashgar
346 pages / published in 2012
|Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013|
This book was given to me for free to review by saxo.com/dk