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Monday, July 03, 2006

Lance Armstrong and his journey back to life

Author: Lance Armstrong

Year: 2001

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Rating :

Make every obstacle an opportunity

If you are looking for some inspirational stuff to read over a week end, look no

I have read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France. But you dont fly up the hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up the hill and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else.

further than this book. Its brimming with courage, never-say-die attitude of one man who was diagnosed with triple cancer and was given 4% chance of survival and how he he took on sure death by its horns, fought against and lived to tell the story.

Its a awe-inspiring story of how when you go for the kill with all you have, every obstacle on your way becomes a opportunity. Its a story of how a person who had no hope himself, later became hope for others. Its a story of man who never gave up and showed that adversity is a entry door to better and beautiful life. Its

Cancer did not have to be a death sentence. It could be a route to a second life, an inner life, a better life.

story of a man who conquered Illness and hardships, which were all set to consume him and emerged triumph.

I asked myself why my victory has such a profound effect on people. Maybe its because illness is universal-we've all been sick, no one is immune-and so my winning the tour was a symbolic act, proof that you can not only survive after cancer, but thrive after it. Maybe, I am hope

Lance Armstrong’s life had everything, Happiness, Sadness, Tragedy, Victory, defeat and to put these kaleidoscope of intricately woven emotions in words, this book has done it extremely well. As you follow the book you will "feel" the pain when he suffers and you will feel the joy when he triumphs. Another aspect of the book that I like is the punch statements; you will find lot of them. Also there are lots of incidences that you will enjoy reading.

To conclude, this is a amazing book. Truly stuff of legends. Get one and read it, it’s worth it.

Routes and map of Tour de France are available here.


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