Swimming Studies

Swimming Studies

Book - 2012
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A collection of autobiographical sketches that explore the worlds of competitive and recreational swimming. From her training for the Olympic trials as a teenager, to meditative swims in pools and oceans as an adult, Shapton contemplates the sport that has shaped her life.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780399158179
Branch Call Number: B Shapton 2012
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm


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Jun 27, 2014

I could see how some people may think this book is a tad boring, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Not a fast read: something to savour. I could actually "feel" the surrounding environment and water on my skin. I knew a competitive swimmer as a teen, and recommended this book to her. She became nostalgic upon reading it. Great for swimmers or former swimmers.

Feb 15, 2013

I wanted to like this book and certainly enjoyed her sketches of the Hotel Therme in Vals which sent me to look at photos of that again. But, I couldn't get below the surface of her writing and feel any connection with her, family or friends. Like a rough draft which needs developing.

Nov 27, 2012

There are some interesting elements in this book but I quickly tired of Shapton's self-regarding writing. An example: the minutiae of her collection of swim suits and where she swam wearing them with Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice.

patienceandfortitude Aug 05, 2012

If you are a swimmer, even if you have never swam competitvely, you will enjoy this book.


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