I was a little underwhelmed by this book. Not that I didn’t enjoy it on some level, but it was far less enjoyable than I was expecting.
Smithson Ide is a vastly overweight, middle aged loner, who numbs his pain with alcohol and food. As the beginning of the book, his parents get killed in a road accident, and shortly afterwards, he finds that his sister, who disappeared years previously, has also died. Smithson takes his old Raleigh bicycle, and just starts pedalling. And then he just carries on.
I have a feeling that this is supposed to be one of those ‘life affirming books’ that makes you feel good. It isn’t, and it doesn’t. I actually found it quite depressing, and the main character is really not all that likable.
The writing itself was fine, and Smithson was a well developed character; however, I just couldn’t empathise with him on any level and felt that he was not someone I wanted to spend time reading about.
Not awful, but I won’t be reading anything else by this author.
(Author’s website can be found here.)