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Rowing Against the Current

On Learning To Scull At Forty

By Barry S Strauss

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."

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Format: Book
Author: Strauss, Barry S
Title: Rowing against the current : on learning to scull at forty / Barry Strauss.
Publisher Date: New York : Scribner, c1999.
Subject: Rowing
Isbn: 0684843218 (hardcover)
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System Items Available: 1
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Call Number: 797.123 Str
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Bib Id: 136387

Format: Book
Author: Strauss, Barry S.
Title: Rowing against the current : on learning to scull at forty / Barry Strauss.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner, c1999.
Description: 175 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Rowing
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-175).
LCCN: 98049630
ISBN: 0684843218 (hardcover)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 797.123 Str