The Immortal Class is a fast-paced energetic prose full of rawness and humanity. It provides a lens into the life of the bike messenger. Written more as a series of essays or thought-pieces then a memoir, the author creates brilliant mind pictures of the Chicago streets as seen from the saddle of a bike.
Mr. Culley uses this fast pace environment as a backdrop to dive into complex subjects such as urban sprawl, immigration, health care and insurance for low-wage employees. Yet the author does a good job of keeping the book going and doesn't preach at the reader.
The book is a journey of discovery, the authors search for self and place.
This snippet is from the introduction and reflects the motivation and energy of the author.
This is an excellent book - well written and engaging. I strongly recommend it. The bike in my garage is in sad shape - the tires are flat, the gears are stiff from lack of use, the chain is clogged with dust. Yet after reading The Immortal Class I have been looking at the bike with a new respect. It's heading to the shop for a tune up and we are going to hit the road. I am eager to drink in a new perspective of my town and the beaches from the saddle of my bike.