Speed: Stories of Survival from Behind the Wheel

Speed: Stories of Survival from Behind the Wheel

by Clint Willis
     
 

Adrenaline offers all the thrills and power of speed with exhilarating writing about NASCAR, speed records, third-world road trips, driving in war zones, getaways, "pick-up" competitions (drag races and games of chicken), and all the other activities that offer adventure on wheels. Speed includes passages from Road Fever by erstwhile adventurer Tim Cahill; a

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Adrenaline offers all the thrills and power of speed with exhilarating writing about NASCAR, speed records, third-world road trips, driving in war zones, getaways, "pick-up" competitions (drag races and games of chicken), and all the other activities that offer adventure on wheels. Speed includes passages from Road Fever by erstwhile adventurer Tim Cahill; a selection from Charles Portis's anarchic The Dog of the South; a description of driving across Africa from Stuart Stephens's Malaria Dreams; E. B. White's elegiac essay on the Model T; a piece from Roads by Larry McMurtry; a selection from The Wildest Ride: A History of NASCAR; and more. 16 black-and-white photos heighten these pulse-pounding stories.

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Library Journal
What does one do with the theme of speed? To answer that question, the editors have brought together fiction and nonfiction from sources as varied as the top speeds of today's automobiles. Put a little Tom Wolfe here and some Jack Kerouac there, mix with a bit of Evan Green, then add Stuart Stevens and Russell Banks to taste, and you've got a fascinating book. Some of the works are from classics such as Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities and Kerouac's On the Road, while others are less celebrated, like Charles Portis's marvelous The Dog of the South or Larry McMurty's Roads. It is perhaps the sheer variety of stories, motley characters, different settings, and vehicles involved that make this book so compelling. Here, speed becomes a force to be dealt with, a record to be broken, a fear to be conquered, and a sensation to be experienced. On the whole, this book presents a new perspective on the quest for speed. While some libraries will have many of the works excerpted here, this thematic collection is still recommended.DEric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560253914
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Adrenaline
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.08(d)

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