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Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty

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In the midst of the standard, dreary midlife crisis — complete with wine-tasting courses, 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 professor of classics and history, 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 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-175).

Synopsis:

In the midst of the standard, dreary midlife crisis — complete with wine-tasting courses, 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 professor of classics and history, 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 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."

About the Author

Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University, is a leading expert on ancient military history. He has written or edited several books, including The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War. Visit BarryStrauss.com.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword

Introduction

1 The Practice

2 The Beginner

3 The Coach

4 The Greeks

5 The Race

6 The Return

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peter in port, April 23, 2008 (view all comments by peter in port)
Well worth acquiring just for its bibliography. Strauss explains why the sport which is quintessentially amateur remains popular--its adherents seek the same glory as ancient warriors! Philosophy, middle aged guy learning a new avocation, fitness, history, a little of everything.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684863306
Introduction:
Parker, Harry
Author:
Parker, Harry
Author:
Strauss, Barry
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Boating
Subject:
Rowing
Subject:
Boating - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Nautical-Boating General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
104-297
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.575 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In the midst of the standard, dreary midlife crisis — complete with wine-tasting courses, 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 professor of classics and history, 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 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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