The World Up Close

Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

$9.99

Kameel Nasr has created a fascinating and personal introduction to the earth’s people as he bicycles around the world, sharing diverse episodes from his 40,000 mile bicycle journey through 70 countries. Written in 1990 and republished 25 years later, Nasr’s account of his journey offers readers a vicarious view across the handlebars as he tackles the Appalachians, the Andes, the Himalayas… crosses Sinai in summer… shares the fears of unrest in Central America. Nasr’s book will certainly be taken by fellow cyclists as a challenge, but you don’t have to be a bicycle buff to proclaim this book your reading adventure of the year. It is a book about people more than places. In high festival or the despair of abject poverty, here are the world’s people—very close up yet presented with breathtaking perspective.

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Kameel Nasr has created a fascinating and personal introduction to the earth’s people as he bicycles around the world, sharing diverse episodes from his 40,000 mile bicycle journey through 70 countries. Written in 1990 and republished 25 years later, Nasr’s account of his journey offers readers a vicarious view across the handlebars as he tackles the Appalachians, the Andes, the Himalayas… crosses Sinai in summer… shares the fears of unrest in Central America. Nasr’s book will certainly be taken by fellow cyclists as a challenge, but you don’t have to be a bicycle buff to proclaim this book your reading adventure of the year. It is a book about people more than places. In high festival or the despair of abject poverty, here are the world’s people—very close up yet presented with breathtaking perspective.

8 reviews for The World Up Close

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sabina Parsons

    Nasr presents snippets of real life from around the world. He is perceptive and sensitive, but not hesitant to list his shortcomings: loneliness, inability to accept the passivity of certain peoples, and his temper. But he tries, traveling through country after country, enduring mountains—many mountains—wind, rain, border bureaucracies, sickness and accidents. He drives on until there’s nothing left inside him. Although I can’t think about doing what he did, reading his book has inspired me to be more adventurous in my own life, to take risks (though not dangerous risks) and to believe the world belongs to me.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Parsons

    This book made me want to get up and do something. Instead of being a travelogue, Naser picks ups stories from different parts of the world through which he bicycled. Through his narration of events, we get a glimpse of the country. The book is a study of cultures. It is also a man’s love for the physical task of bicycling. The book is about people, and about his search for what is true or important. He tries to discover what makes people good or bad. I recommend it–not just for bicyclists.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gwen Fuller

    Three of us read this together, taking turns, reading each chapter and feeling like we were riding right along with the author. We were feeling concerned when he was hurt or when people tried to take advantage of him. We loved him finding a string of French francs along the road. And we were all very moved when near the end he makes a deep and very personal discovery about himself. We were gripped by the book, personal and philosophical. Highly recommended to read in a group.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joan Remaud

    This is a very inspiring work, well-written, funny, dramatic. It was satisfying to read, to see the author’s transformation from ignorant to sensitive. He starts as a man alone–his only friend was his bicycle–and he wants both spiritual and physical experience, ending up no longer alone, feeling very worldly, in the sense of knowing more about life.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rick Kassab

    Excellent book. Traveling around the world on a bicycle, meeting families of different cultures. Well told and as philosophical as it is entertaining.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carola Brudette

    Excellent

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Becky Banks

    I got to know Kameel recently and picked up his book on Amazon. Very good writer. Although The Work Up Close was written many years ago, and in the preface he says that the world had changed, the book is still relevant today as a statement of diversity. Kameel is a good observer of people. I find it hard believe that he once tried to be a hermit, because he is gregarious and upbeat, and this is certainly expressed in his book. He also looks inside himself, trying to come to terms with his Americanism on the global stage. If anything has changed over the years, it’s America, which is why it would be good for all Americans to read this book, because the changes that have taken place in America have not been good.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Catherine Fuller

    A solid and interesting book about Nasr’s experiences around the world by bike. What an adventure. I was on a trip with a group in Italy, and I really loved it, but I would never go out on my own. Something like that you can only do if you don’t have a job and family. Responsibilities creep into our lives and take over. This is good reading because it isn’t a travelogue but a personal encounter of an American with other cultures.

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