Peking to Paris is a memoir about the experience of lifetime for a woman named Dina and her husband Bernard. They participated in a motor rally race from Peking to Paris in 2007. They drove 7901 miles in thirty-five days a 1940 LaSalle Coupe. The car is like an athlete in this book. Dina and her husband restored this car to run at a peak performance. They equipped this car with a global positioning system a new engine and fuel tank. I found myself rooting for their Lasalle Coupe to win the race just like I would root for a real athlete. There are 250 other competitors driving classic cars like Studebakers and even a Ford Model T that is 100 years old. I don't drive, but I get a sense of how gruelling and gratifying driving can be. She makes me want to jump in a car and go for a drive around the world..This is the first competition that I have read about that is not fierce contested or mean spirited. Just finishing a race of this magnitude is a major achievement.
Bennett takes me for a trip around the world in the pages of this book. I would love to see Badaling. This is the most visited spot of the Great Wall of China. This is also where the motor race begins. Anything that old and that large and beautiful is appealing to me. I would also like to see Lake Baikal in Siberia. I learned that Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world. She also describes driving through a sand storm. Bennett also had the time to watch attend the ballet in Moscow. I admire the grace of ballet dancers. This is something I would check out as a tourist. The spirit of the adventure of travelling is well captured in the pages of this book. I enjoyed it very much.
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