|Plot Summary of Detours: Life, Death, and Divorce on the Road to Sturgis|
Forge, Aug 2002, 24.95, 288 pp.
Author wanted to once live his American dream of attending the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. However, the now fiftyish Richard knew his time to consummate his dream apparently passed and he always would be a couch potato wondering what he missed. With a young child and a pregnant wife and now fifty-three, Richard faced with economic worries and writer's block decided it is time to live his fantasy. Borrowing a bike, he begins his odyssey.
IN DETOURS: LIFE, DEATH, AND DIVORCE ON THE ROAD TO STURGIS, Richard, in his autobiography, concentrates mostly on the trek to the Dakotas, which serves as an allegory to life's journey from birth to death. This is a strong but quite different type of autobiography. Though some will say the author ignored his responsibilities to his family with this risky venture, many will agree this book is worth reading not only for the well-written morality tale, but also for encouraging individuals to sing “My Way”.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Detours: Life, Death, and Divorce on the Road to Sturgis|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Special relationship with
- bike racing
- surviving in outdoors
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book