Fuel (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/10/12
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Timothy Malcolm Smith, a young Creative Director at a cosy ad agency in East Central London, has warmed the hearts of an entire nation with his creativity and charisma, and is being hailed as one of London's best creative minds ever. Having arrived at the pinnacle of fame in England, Timmy has shifted his sights beyond his home shores, to New York City. Since he began his career in advertising, it had been Timmy's ambition to one day set foot in the Big Apple unannounced, and astound the city within days of his arrival, not with his mind, but with his feet. Training in secret from the time he was a young boy, Timmy diligently perfected his running time till he was within reach of some of the world's best. He had never before run in competition, and for many years held but one aspiration close to his heart, to win his maiden race, the New York Marathon.With every Brit in the country tuned in to watch him, Timmy flew like the wind through the streets of New York, and built an insurmountable lead. On the cusp of victory, with an entire nation holding its breath, Timmy did what all his countrymen had come to expect from him. The unexpected.
Jeremy Chin is a Malaysian-born author who quit his job as a high-flying advertising Creative Director to write his first novel, Fuel. His book has received astounding reviews, from Finland to India to Africa. It has been read by coaches, ultrarunners and Olympians, and has been marked as one of the most moving running stories ever penned. To date it has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, and also on BreakThru Radio in New York. Chin graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, one of the world's most prestigious journalism schools. He spent most of his working life in Los Angeles and London. He now resides in Malaysia and is working on his second book.
Author Jeremy Chin has crafted a fantastic novel that works on so many levels: as a love story, a tale of athletics, and a religious fable. It's propulsive, timely and engaging. And all the supporting characters here are finely drawn and brilliantly realised. Love interest Cambria Lane is a real stand out, as is champion runner Haile Gebrselassie. They all serve to drive the exciting narrative and give Timmy's quest great meaning.
Yes, Fuel is the kind of book that qualifies as a true keepsake. So take my advice -- grab a copy, clear out your schedule and start reading it with an open mind. You'll thank me later.
The language level is probably high-school at a minimum, and an easy read for any 20- or 30-something. As a business person (especially an advertising person) I really enjoyed the insight into Timmy's work life and his successes. As a man, I really enjoyed Timmy's pursuit of the special lady. (The relationship that developed made me badly want to see a picture of her. And I would love to see her in video. She seems like so much fun.) As a dreamer, I appreciated Timmy's desire to accomplish his life-long goals.
The story itself is easy to follow along. And the various perspectives on various situations prevented any monotony in the book. After reading 215 pages, I had to stop to go to Church on Sunday. But upon leaving church all I wanted to do was get home and finish the story. I did feel that the story ended quickly, but perhaps a slower ending version would be too drawn out. What happened at the end was not at all what I had expected.
The author (this apparently is his first book) seems to have the ability to see average things from a completely unique perspective. And when you read his perspective you say to yourself, "Wow, I wish I could think that way." I would enjoy reading a book from this author such that it could be full of short stories, 2-3 pages, and each story is simply his perspective on something that is otherwise typical or mundane. Better yet, I would like him to write a story about my life so that I could see it in another way, maybe to motivate me, go after my goals, etc.
$10 for this book is a very smart investment.
Anyone who runs and anyone who loves to read should read this book it is absolutely amazing!