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le 27 juillet 2001
Anyone who thinks they've had a tough lot in life should read this book. Lance Armstrong details his early life where he is the son of a single mother, feeling like an outcast in his upper-middle-class neighborhood and high school. He is a restless angry teenager who finds that he has the physical ability and drive to become a great athlete. He finally finds the perfect sport in cycling and relentlessly pursues his goal to be the best. Just as he is gaining some recognition in the sport, he is told that he has testicular cancer. The odds against him are overwhelming, but he researches his options until he finds the hospital which he believes will give him the best treatment. He details the agony of surgery and chemo. and the reader begins to understand just what it must be like to be a cancer patient. Not only does he recover, but he goes back to cycling and becomes the best in the world. This book gives interesting insight into what it takes to be the an outstanding athlete and is inspiring for anyone who is facing difficult odds. It shows the gradual maturing of an impulsive and restless young man who is tempered by illness and who is finally able to be a world-class athlete and a family man.
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le 27 juillet 2001
I never really took the sport of cycling too seriously until I started riding myself. Now I look at it in a different light. These athletes have strength and stamina I only dream I will one day achieve. But in Lance, the strength and stamina is multiplied by 1,000. I have read many biographies and auto bios; this one is without a doubt the most touching, sincere, and thought provoking book I have ever read. In at least three different points of the book, I cried (a feat that can only be done by a song or a movie for me and being a guy). First, when he found out he had cancer, he wondered if is was going to ride again (not live). Secondly when he came out of surgery, he asked for his mom. Thirdly, when he visited a very young cancer patient, after Lance won the Tour de France, and the child asked him for the box of cereal with his picture on it. "Without belief, we would be left with nothing but an overwhelming doom, every single day." Lance makes us believe in the human spirit and the belief that we can beat anything. Nothing is greater than the spirit; and Lance helped me find it again. Lance is the GREASTEST AMERICAN HERO; and a hero to me.
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le 27 juillet 2001
This book is an excellent read. It is long on real-life and short on pity. There is a good look at life on a cycling/racing tour, something many Americans have never experienced. Lance Armstrong does a good job portraying his growth from a loud-mouthed, obnoxious teenager to a warm, caring adult. Although he does devote much of the book to his diagnosis, treatment and recovery from cancer, it is written in a matter-of-fact way, not a "poor me" way. He presents a good lesson in not ignoring unusual symptoms and getting to the doctor...had he done so when he first noticed changes in his body, he might have been spared much of the treatment agony he had to endure to save his life. This book is also a good lesson in exploring your treatment options, and seeking second, third, and even fourth opinions to save your life. This is an excellent book, easy to read, and gives us a realistic picture of the man behind the bike. Many good life lessons for all of us exist between the pages of this book.
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le 29 août 2013
Le livre en lui même est très bien écrit, retraçant son combat contre la maladie. Seuls les derniers chapitres dans lesquels il raconte sa victoire "propre" sur le Tour de France sont désormais grotesques.
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