What would do when you turn 40? Probably, you are over 40. Probably you are not over 40. But Peter Moore is at the crossroads of 40.. Before he turns 40, Peter decides to put his long term ambition of touring Italy on a motor scooter into action. In order to do so, he buys a Vespa over the internet. Then he embarks on a journey on the newly acquired but ancient Vespa through the less explored territories of Italy. This book is based on his time spent on the motor scooter journeying around the country. Hence it is aptly titled Vroom with a view.
A motor scooter is different from a motor bike. It is also an unlikely mode of transport when you are traveling across the country. On top of it, Peter chooses a vintage Vespa. As a result, there are challenges along the journey. Vespa breaks down and at key moments it is not powerful enough for the challenge. Luckily for Peter, whenever a challenge arises, help is not far away. Mostly, Peter gets the help and bonds with locals because of one thing alone; the Vespa. It opens the otherwise closed doors. People are readily offer help. People are interested in him. People offer him free drinks.
The book is a very interesting one to read. It is not the language that makes it interesting. It is the experience of the author. What happens when you let go off all your fears and inhibitions to do something you have always wanted to do? That is what Peter does. He enjoys it. So do we. The motor scooter might not be a mean machine. But Italians open up on seeing it. It is also a sign of maturity and comfort. You don't need a big or powerful machine to boost your ego. You are at a mentally comfortable zone when you use it. The sight of a Vespa evokes nostalgia and also goodness in people. These are the few things which makes this novel an endearing one and also interesting.
The motor scooter is a common sight in India. It is convenient and takes you from places to place in a crowded city in a matter of minutes. It is easy to maneuver. Vespa is also the first two wheeler that I rode. That is one reason why I chose this book. The second reason is for armchair traveling. I want to visit Italy. But I am too lazy to plan it. Now I see Italy without leaving the comfort of my house. I hope you have enough reasons now to read this book.