To Shake the Sleep­ing Self

The Week (US) - - 22 Arts - By Je­didiah Jenk­ins (Con­ver­gent, $26)

Je­didiah Jenk­ins’ ped­al­ing car­ried him from Ore­gon to Patag­o­nia. And though his ac­count of the 14,000-mile bi­cy­cle jour­ney “floun­ders as a mem­oir,” said Scott Parker in the Port­land Ore­go­nian, it’s an “al­to­gether pleas­ant trav­el­ogue.” Jenk­ins sim­ply isn’t good at the self-re­flec­tion re­quired to ex­plain what mo­ti­vates him. He’s “more than able to ren­der ex­pe­ri­ence pre­cisely,” though, and gen­er­ous enough to let his trav­el­ing com­pan­ion shine, “even when he him­self is over­shad­owed.”

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