Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat is the story of the undergraduate rowing team from the University of Washington. It is a bestseller and recently was released in paperback. In one sense, the book is the story of how the team came to win the gold in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

 In another, and perhaps more important sense, it is about the pursuit of unattainable perfection that athletes and martial artists seek. Eight oar rowing is a team art, requiring a matching of flow and energy, in harmony with the boat, the water, and each member of the team. It can lead to those shining moments where you approach the limits of what is possible.

“It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is. It’s a symphony of motion. And when you’re rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. And when you near perfection, you’re touching the Divine. It touches the you of yous. Which is your soul.”
― George Pocock


Differ said...

I saw the book at the airport on my way to Blighy. As a former oarsman I can attest to the truth of that quote. Perhaps I'll buy the book.

Jeff B said...

I read this book, and couldn't put it down (seriously: start to finish in 2 days, interrupted only by a day at the office and sleep.)

An amazing, fabulous, touching, moving, gripping read.

Highly recommended. Top 5 all time for me.