Travels with Rosinante

Bernard Magnouloux’s Travels with Rosinante (1988) is by turns hilarious, observant, insane, and poetic.  The round-the-world bicycle trip genre is often just clichés with different casts and backdrops for amusement, but so many absurd things happen to Magnouloux that this one is impossible to put down.  The quick pace of the action is largely due to the writing style: relentless strings of excellent anecdotes interspersed with sketches.  At the end of the book is a wonderful (not to be confused with useful) appendix with notes and bizarre linear road maps. Thanks for the recommendation, Nathan.