Critic of book: "pilot of my life". Guy Fréquelin. - the blog of

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Monday, January 28th, 2013128/ 01 / Jan / 201317:50

pilotedemavie.jpg"Definitely, is not which Guy Fréquelin who wants".... Such is the reflection that I was made by closing this work in the suggestive title: "pilot of my life". The title is really suited, nothing to say.

Guy Fréquelin is born in farmers' family, exactly to Hûmes (Haute-Marne), not far from Diderot. It is necessary he around thirty pages to speak about its youth in the farm until its military service, the whole in a simple vocabulary, deprived of the usual whims or the stylistic devices appropriate to the purely literary erring ways. In the expression of its lines, you inhale constantly this desire to get straight to the point, without subtleties nor excessive sentimentalism.

Guy begins his career as seller of cars, then competes for his first one rally as co-pilot, a passion which will push him to become one of the best of all times racing drivers.

On March 1st, 1972, Guy Fréquelin makes a heavy decision of sense: he slams the door of his post of seller and decides to live on the motor racing. His bosses shout to the madman, but let he all the same (very sympathetically) the possibility return home in case of failure. From the page 48, everything enchaine and the first feats of arm in competitions surface in an infernal rate. He will get finally his first contract pilot's pro in Autumn, 1976 ... is only four years having stuck its job of commercial!

With this work, we enter the glorious past of a type who obviously never forgets a thing... His memories? Victories, of course, but also despairs, injustices, without forgetting tributes to any friends died in the fire of the running. This book travels little as a novel, with this difference that some photos come to cheer up a rather exciting narrative, illustrating a bygone days where everything seemed clearly easier.

As reader, we laugh generally little and we have especially puts itself especially in the skin "of the hero" for most competitors of us. Sometimes, we also try a big tiredness in front of so many omnipresent technical elements in the sentences. (Kind of tires, characteristics of vehicles in running, etc. ... a lexicon was inserted at the end of book)... But would it have been possible to skip over technical elements to tell this history? I do not believe it.

Within this work, some monologues mark the spirit so certainly as the iron burning on the skin. "What I like above all, at your home, it is that you always tried to take out there. Your will your determination to win and your desire to succeed urge me to confide you this post". (P 142 when Guy sees proposing a post in his size in the direction of PSA ...). The tribute is magnificent, the promotion far from being undeserved.

For his passion, Guy Fréquelin will risk his life several times, and not that on the asphalt... The difficult conditions of air transports during of "the Rallies-raids", everybody has it already more or less heard, if only by Daniel Balavoine's tragédique experience.

I particularly liked his first impressions when he meets Sébastien Loeb, in March, 2000. At that time, Loeb seems like to him an introvert type but its stopwatches were so hair-raising as it could only make him sign in his stable.

Dominique Heinz, one of the first team members of Sébastien Loeb, will have this reflection about this young foal: "or this boy is crazy, or it is a genius!" (P194). People do not often realize it: the genius is often associated with the madness. It is trivial, but the brilliant idea can completely be born having banged the head somewhere!

I cannot say you that I quite appreciated in this work. I especially loved the character, its very honest, requirin and precise side. But in any sincerity, those who do not like motor sports will find no interest, as well as those there who do not understand that we can want to live his life intensely... (If, if, there are people who like a riotous life, I assure you )

Guy Fréquelin always piloted his life... And he continues to make him, retired today... Can we Moreover speak about a pension? Not really, because our man is still engaged in the paragliding is found to climb Acotango (6052m, in 2007 during a stay in Bolivia.

The big lesson of this book, it is certainly that nobody else than has to you decide on what is good or not for your future.

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I imagine that the enthusiasts of car will like and the ambition of this man can give a good example to the others! Good day

Comment N posted 1 by 28/01/2013 Khanel3 at 9:50 pm

Cuckoo Khanel,

A good book, especially for those who want to follow an example as his ... it is sure.

Very good day! Answer of him in 29/01/2013 at 12:17 am



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