We Begin Our Ascent, by Joe Mungo Reed

Tour de France

Title: We Begin Our Ascent Author: Joe Mungo Reed Publisher: Simon & Schuster (US) | The Borough Press (UK) Year: 2018 Pages: 245 Order: Simon & Schuster (US) | HarperCollins (UK) What it is: An ambitious attempt at a literary cycling novel from a debutant British writer recently graduated from George Saunders’s creative writing MFA at Syracuse University Strengths: It tries Weaknesses: It fails There is the cliché said of the improbable that ‘you couldn’t make it up.’ But that is exactly what fiction writers try to do. ~ Reed We come from our rooms and stand in front of the elevator. We assemble quietly, treading slowly over the thick hotel carpet in our flip-flops. We breathe lightly. We do not talk. We watch the progress of the elevator in the illuminated runes above the door. We do not consider the stairs. Do not walk unnecessarily. This mantra is not ...

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