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Barbarian Days

A Surfing Life, Ausgezeichnet: Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016, Nominiert: Cross Sports Book Awards General Outstanding Sports Writing 2016, Nominiert: William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016

William Finnegan

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Winner of the Pulitzer Price and William Hill Sports Book of the Year: Barbarian Days is a deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer looking for transcendence 'that recalls early James Salter' (Geoff Dyer, Observer)

Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life.

New Yorker writer William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii. Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa and beyond. Finnegan describes the edgy yet enduring brotherhood forged among the swell of the surf; and recalling his own apprenticeship to the world's most famous and challenging waves, he considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water.

Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, a social history, an extraordinary exploration of one man's gradual mastering of an exacting and little-understood art. It is a memoir of dangerous obsession and enchantment.

'Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard' Sports Illustrated

WILLIAM FINNEGAN is the author of
Cold New World,
A Complicated War,
Dateline Soweto, and
Crossing the Line. He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009. A staff writer at
The New Yorker since 1987, he lives in Manhattan.

Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 464
Erscheinungsdatum 10.05.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4721-5141-4
Verlag Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Maße (L/B/H) 19.8/12.3/3.5 cm
Gewicht 401 g
Verkaufsrang 10465

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If you surf, you must read this book
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Basel am 07.09.2020
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Great to just relax and daydream. The book takes you on a very interesting journey through a lot of places.


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