Rowing Against the Current

Bog
  • Format
  • Bog, paperback
  • Engelsk
  • 176 sider

Beskrivelse

In the midst of the standard dreary midlife crisis -- complete with wine tasting courses, yoga classes, and a failed attempt at a first novel -- a 40-year-old Barry Strauss falls unexpectedly and passionately in love with rowing, a sport in which a 27-year-old is a has been. Strauss, a classics professor, writes about the unanticipated delights of an affair that, like so many others, begins as a casual dalliance and develops into a full-blown obsession. Drawn to the sport in part because of his affinity for Greek antiquity, he develops a love for old boathouses, a longing for rivers at dawn, a thirst to test himself, and, ultimately, a renewed sense of self-reliance -- as someone who had experienced sports humiliation as far back as Little League suddenly find himself bursting into athleticism at an unlikely age. From the awe-inspiring feats of the war-bound Greek triremes with their crews of 172 men rowing on three levels to the solitary pride of finishing a first race in which he gets stuck in the weeds and has to be fished out, Barry Strauss shows us why "there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

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Detaljer
  • SprogEngelsk
  • Sidetal176
  • Udgivelsesdato13-03-2006
  • ISBN139780684863306
  • Forlag Scribner
  • FormatPaperback
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Størrelse og vægt
  • Vægt230 g
  • Dybde0,9 cm
  • coffee cup img
    10 cm
    book img
    14 cm
    21,6 cm

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