- File Size: 21938 KB
- Print Length: 328 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399158170
- Publisher: Blue Rider Press; Reprint edition (July 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072NWK88
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Swimming Studies Kindle Edition
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Her book isn't a sport memoir so much as a meditation on her journey (often a watery one), as Shapton figures out how her former swimming life inspires her life as an artist. I came to this book not as a swimmer, but as an artist, and it resonated when Shapton quoted "The Nuts and Bolts of Psychology for Swimmers," by Keith Bell. He writes about training discipline, the nonnegotiable commitment to practice. Words that apply equally to working on a creative project, once you have set a goal: "It doesn't make much sense to have to decide whether to take each individual step in a trip you have already decided to make."
I love Shapton's watercolor portraits of fellow swimmers, rectangles of pool water, and gallery of vintage swimsuits - in both digital and paper forms (our family ended up with both versions, and it was fun to compare the illustrations) - the book is a treasure!
Here we go; 1) It's physically beautiful to look at inside and out (take that Kindle users - ha!). The cover construction and design is not only nice, it hints at aquatics in its color, and that subtlety matches the writing, it makes sense the author is an illustrator because there is a cohesion among otherwise separate concepts - the color of experiences, emotions in the form of surroundings. 2) The spare writing is deceptively complex. Novels-in-Three-Lines comes to mind as these 5 and 6 word sentences shake entire scenarios from the reader's subconscious. The book starts with a couple shocking lines about our relationship with water - no more questions about the reason for a swimming book after that! 3) Those girls in high school, whether they're athletes or musicians or drag-racers, who lived outside teenage life were the ones we were all really fascinated by, right? They seemed inaccessible, maybe even absent, but we knew their worlds were full of SOMETHING and never really stopped wondering what it was - here's the answer at last. 4) It's self indulgent and disjointed because the thoughts and lives of teenagers are self indulgent and disjointed.Read more ›
One thing I didn't like about the book were how it was so fragmented like memories. This made is very realistic because that's how we think of our lives instead of a concrete autobiography, but it made the story of the author's life difficult to follow. I didn't get a true sense of where she was when in moments of time due to all of the snippets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"The one thing I am formally trained at is swimming. I'm aware I rely on this training when I'm working, that I know when to push through and when to rest, that I've figured... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ashlley
I guess it might be my fault that I didn't enjoy this book too much, I'm not really into swimming per say. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy Brooks
Amazing. I also was a competitive swimmer. She captures the experience perfectly. It is incredibly satisfying to read the really unique and complex experiences of being a swimmer,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NKL
This is now one of my favorite books. Shapton's tone is cool (as in temperature) and her voice is original. Her literary techniques are engaging. Read morePublished 2 months ago by litladyy00
What an awesome quirky book about love and life of a swimmer, artist and a really fun woman! Way to go :)Published 2 months ago by jmzima
Loved that this author blended art, photography, and personal narrative. Plan to pieces/ideas with memoir writing at the high school level!Published 12 months ago by Cindy Hamlin
You don't need to be a swimmer to appreciate this book. However if you are, this book will instantly resonate with you. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adele
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