Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A "Badass"' Book Review

Suddenly, it seems I have an abiding moral obligation to quote this entire critique by pal and fellow blogger, Annie King.  Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure to get acquainted with Annie through her terrific stories, poems and observations on life. Annie's amazingly accurate critical review follows:

"TC's Hog" latest version
“It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood.” The significance of that line sinks in after multiple re-reads of it within the text of Tom Campbell’s entertaining biker book:Badass: The Harley-Davidson Experience. Tom Campbell is a family man, a Harley owner and rider, a medical consultant, and a reluctant poet. You can read his prose and poetry on his blog, Travel On - Cycles of the Lifestyle Kind. CABG is a recent favorite of mine, along with an entry about his trip to New Orleans.

Badass: The Harley-Davidson Experience is part advice book and part travelogue, chronicling Tom’s ride from his home in Sacramento, California to Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual biker rally. In the second half of the book, Tom expands his narrative style with longer entries and descriptive passages. One of my favorite sections is an entry that has nothing to do with motorcycle riding at all, but everything to do with life: If You Think Motorcycles Are Dangerous, ‘Tri’ a Triathlon! The writing is vivid, and you feel every scrape and bump and exhilarating moment along the way.

Finally, in the Epilogue, Tom admits he is more milquetoast than badass (as if the reader hasn’t figured it out!), and his confession is all the more endearing as he thanks his wife, in an earlier section, for her support. I believe he is more explorer, nature lover, and student of life than milquetoast, but we will leave that assessment up to Tom!

For anyone who has ever ridden or driven a motorcycle, and anyone who wants to take that special ride with Tom, you can follow his journey to happiness by reading Badass. As the tale of one man’s journey, and the portrait of a good guy, the book is a joy to own. (But if your name is Billy, and you rode with Tom to Sturgis, or if you like both orange juice and milk with your morning coffee, don’t read this book!)

Thank you Annie King!  You are a nice person!


Annie said...

Hi Tom,

I do like both orange juice and milk with my morning coffee, so you know I'm nice! ~ Annie

TomC said...

Oh oh... now I am going to have to re-evaluate!

Anonymous said...

Assolutamente d'accordo con lei. Ottima idea, sono d'accordo con lei.
Assolutamente d'accordo con lei. Mi piace la tua idea. Offerta di mettere una discussione generale.

TomC said...

Grazie ma non sono sicuro di cosa esattamente idea si sta facendo riferimento.