The Cyclist

✓ The Cyclist ☆ Viken Berberian - The Cyclist, The Cyclist The cryptic narrator of The Cyclist is a young trainee of the Academy a terrorist group head quartered somewhere in the present day Middle East Combining surrealism tragedy terror and humor the s ✓ The Cyclist ☆ Viken Berberian - The Cyclist, The Cyclist The cryptic narrator of The Cyclist is a young trainee of the Academy a terrorist group head quartered somewhere in the present day Middle East Combining surrealism tragedy terror and humor the s

  • Title: The Cyclist
  • Author: Viken Berberian
  • ISBN: 9780743222839
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
The Cyclist

✓ The Cyclist ☆ Viken Berberian, The Cyclist, Viken Berberian, The Cyclist The cryptic narrator of The Cyclist is a young trainee of the Academy a terrorist group head quartered somewhere in the present day Middle East Combining surrealism tragedy terror and humor the story explores the workings of the terrorist mind ✓ The Cyclist ☆ Viken Berberian - The Cyclist, The Cyclist The cryptic narrator of The Cyclist is a young trainee of the Academy a terrorist group head quartered somewhere in the present day Middle East Combining surrealism tragedy terror and humor the s

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The Cyclist

About “Viken Berberian

  • Viken Berberian

    Viken Berberian is a novelist and author of The Cyclist and Das Kapital a novel of love money markets His writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Los Angeles Times and Inculte, a French literary and philosophical quarterly Berberian was awarded a Bourse de Creation from the Centre National du Livre of the French Ministry of Culture 2009 2010 He was educated at Columbia University and the London School of Economics.



759 thoughts on “The Cyclist

  • Think Different was an Apple add Though the English is not correct, The Cyclist does challenge you to Think Different ly In his stunning debut novel, The Cyclist, Berberian dishes up an absurd yet appealing recipe He blends a Middle Eastern terrorist s first person account of his mission to make a deadly delivery with a careful chronicle of the young man s emotional vacillations The yield is a surreal odyssey Throughout, Berberian heaps on profound and frequently witty insight into often unexplo [...]


  • Not sure yet The language is inventive and fresh a bit Annie Proulx like , but sometimes to the point of device The book is too clever by half.


  • Viken Bernerian s first novel is a bold attempt to connect four crucial elements in modern life sex, food, love and terrorism It is the story of a young man who has been brought into a political cult called the Academy, and through a love of food as well as a love for life, he is brought to also believing in the bombing of a hotel while posing as the lagging element of a bicycle race Berberian s prose, in its attempt to be lyric, is also very cryptic at times In a kind of updated Johnny Got His [...]


  • I wanted to love this book It tackles such an interesting and brave topic the mind of a terrorist and the inside of a terrorist group It marries human psychology with food and cycling It should have been one of the most original, fascinating reads But you have to really, I mean really, like metaphor to get through this book.There were parts that were good Toward the end, when the author picked up speed, it got better But the beginning and middle were so repetitive we get it, he loves his girlfri [...]


  • Guys, this sucked I came across this book in one of my many trips to the library and thought it would be an interesting read The synopsis promised a look at the motivations of terrorism through the lens of food That sounds cool, right No All the food metaphors were so poorly written and clunky Like they were just thrown in there haphazardly, because oh, I set out to correlate food and terrorism Right I quit over halfway through I could have finished it on the bus ride I took it on, but I justble [...]


  • Un romanzo breve animato da una scrittura fresca e ammiccante, questo di Viken Berberian, che cerca di accostare un tema caldo della nostra epoca il martirio rivoluzionario La storia descrive lo stato d animo di un kamikaze libanese alla vigilia del suo primo attentato, e lo fa riuscendo al contempo ad essere un romanzo che un inno alla vita, strapieno di sensualit erotiche, olfattive ed alimentari, utilizzando una visione decisamente laterale rispetto ad uno dei fenomeni pi inquietanti della no [...]


  • La cosa pi bella di questo libro l ho trovata nell ultima pagina, quella pagina dove sono riportate le note di stampa l , il precedente proprietario un libro usato , ha buttato gi a penna nera la bozza di una lettera amorosa, piuttosto incerta, parimenti suddivisa tra a profondo e astio incommensurabile, piena di cancellature, riporti, notarelle a margine, distinguo ed eccezioni varie Un tumultuoso e sincero moto dell animo che vale almeno tre stelle.


  • I loved this debut novel by Viken Berberian I actually had the pleasure of meeting him before publication at schmoshie party in the city I was attending with a dear friend, Glory Kadigan Bowen I found the writing terrific and intriguing Especially the emotion set forth before the act It s a short read and I highly recommend it.


  • Put this down about halfway through it The sentences and humor and oddness are perfectly good, but too much else seems lacking The only narrative drive detected had something to do with figuring out why the narrator was always rhyming, which was good clean fun but not enough to compel me ahead Maybe need to read it in one sitting to really get into it Will try again maybe.


  • Berberian s protagonist is a sybarite, one of the most memorable character sketches I have come across I love food novels Debt to Pleasure I devoured what distinguishes Berberian is that he does not give you the institutional perspective of who a terrorist is and dares to make him human A courageous debut.


  • Gals and guys, this was a taste changer It is like a saporous, delicious and divine meal It is a cross between Like Water for Chocolate meets Munich by Spielberg In fact, Spielberg s foodand sex trauma scenes at the end seem to have been directly lifted from The Cyclist Thisis a authentic meal Do not try reading it on a bus though, it can give you an upset stomach.


  • One of my very best friends the kind who knows way too much about you, much than is safe for them to be walking around with gave me this book, exclaiming it is just like me So I read it and it was hard to read and, you know what She was right Dead on.


  • It was slow at times, but overall a very good, well written book I knew it was going to end badly I won t spoil it , but that didn t keep me from hoping for the bestBerberian does a great job in giving relatable qualities to a terrorist, who we generally see as an inhumane monster.


  • Un romanzo godibile, nel senso che non c nessuna caratteristica particolare che spicchi sulle altre, per il ritmo scorre e la scrittura buona Se dovessi proprio fare un appunto, credo che qualche colpo in pi nella trama non avrebbe fatto male.


  • A most treacherous, enchanting ride I encountered a few pot holes such as the metaphoric excesses at times, but overall an enchanting ride Pass me the falafel, one of the last remaining symbols of unity in the Middle East.


  • The original better than Italian translation which I read first Not to say that Italian one was not most excellent Just a few inconsistencies in translation from the English one, something lost from original.


  • an enjoyable, albeit repetitious first novel by an author whom I ve never heard of ostensibly about a group of anti colonialist extremists plotting the bombing of a large hotel, but mostly about food.


  • One of the truly original books I have read I came across it in a used book store in Wisconsinand read in the back of a station wagon while my parents drove cross country I loved it andread the last lines on a bus.


  • Viken Berberian is a difficult author to classify The Cyclist is highly iconoclastic in structure and approach This is one of the most original novels I have read Berberian chronicles the thoughts of a would be suicide bomber that is both endearing and disconcerting.


  • Today I was at the bookstore looking at all the books I d rather read than finish this one So I gave it up after 53 pages I don t think it s bad, I was just bored.



  • Not sure if this a satirical comedy or a sociopolitical narrative of the imagination, but definitely genre bending.



  • a political cookbook, not for those brought up on fast food eating it will make you think, then hungry.






  • A potent tale of love and political violence Berberian s The Cyclist sets the standard for the post war novel.



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