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Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty

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Publisher Comments:

In the midst of a standard midlife crisis — complete with wine-tasting, yoga classes, and a failed attempt at a first novel — forty-year-old Barry Strauss falls unexpectedly and passionately in love with rowing, a sport in which a twenty-seven-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 finds 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 had 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."

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-175).

About the Author

Barry Strauss is director of the Peace Studies Program and a professor of history and classics at Cornell University. He lives near Ithaca, New York.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 The Practice
2 The Beginner
3 The Coach
4 The Greeks
5 The Race
6 The Return
Suggested Readings

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684843216
Subtitle:
On Learning to Scull at Forty
Introduction:
Parker, Harry
Author:
Strauss, Barry
Adapted:
Parker, Harry
Author:
Parker, Harry
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Canoeing
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Boating
Subject:
Rowing
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Boating - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 169-175.
Publication Date:
19990409
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.125 in 10.096 oz

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