Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Review: 'Tough Rides' by Ryan Pyle

Canadian born Ryan Pyle is an award winning photographer, television presenter, filmmaker and author - and humanist. His is a highly honored artist for his sensitive photography and a very capable writer and world traveler. He now lives In Shanghai. His books include THE INDIA RIDE, CHINESE TURKESTAN (a collection of images Ryan arrested over the past eight years during his explorations of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China), SACRED MOUNTAINS OF CHINA, THE MIDDLE KINGDOM RIDE (written with his brother Colin Ryan about their epic journey on motorcycles around China), and now TOUGH RIDES: BRAZIL: Into the Depths of the Amazon.

This time Ryan is alone – Colin passed on this adventure – so we get to know Ryan even better. For those who have accompanied Ryan either though his photographic essays or his documentaries, getting to know the mysteries of China, India, and Russia, this book will come as a welcome retread of the pleasure of reading Ryan’s motorcycle trek through Brazil and the strange aspects of the Amazon. The writing is first rate, the color photographs are excellent, and the amount of information about Brazil and the cultures he encounters is not only fascinating but also quite educational.

This book is a touch with past, a signal of the future, and an introduction to a people few of us know. Ryan's photographic images range from inspiring to sensitive to salutary to tender. The many landscapes are breathtaking, but it is the focus on the people of the region going about their lives that is most touching - so sweeping and gentle is Ryan's memoir of a country and a people in transition. Another very fine book from Ryan Pyle. Grady Harp, June 17
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.

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