A spectacular debut about the rise of an Olympic champion—a novel about competition, obsession, the hunger for victory, and a young girl with an unsinkable spirit struggling to stay afloat in the only way she can.
When we first meet Pip, the extraordinary heroine of Nicola Keegan’s first novel, she is landlocked in a small town in the center of Kansas, literally swimming fo
There are certain books that make me into S-L-O-W Man. Stories that I don't want to end: Unbearable Lightness of Being. The Shipping News. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I don my goggles, stick my head in a bucket of amber and suspend time- trying to read as slowly as humanly possible. Add Swimming to this sticky note.
Ms. Keegan does a great job drawing the reader into her pool, letting us swim, and sink, with her heroine, Philomena, a.k.a. Pip.
Readers will need to keep up with the ace ...more
This review is from: Swimming (Hardcover)
I finished this book a couple of days ago and had to give it some thought and reflection before I commented on it.
This novel, about a girl who lives to swim and swims to live, has a lot of ambition but somehow it falls short and sort of left me depressed. It's an incredibly complex tale of a young girl's sad coming of age and her relentless pursuit of Olympic gold in swimming. The story is ...more
"I have 7 chins varying in size and volume; crevasses things get stuck in that my mother has to excavate carefully after each bath."
"She leans towards me with a cotton ball dipped in baby oil, two purple sandbags of fatigue carefully holding down her eyes, and I karate-kick the open bottle out of her hand."
"If I fall asleep listening to the beat of my mother's ...more
Nicola Keegan writes in a h ...more
This book is written entirely in that stream of consciousness style, which isn't one I typically like, but it works well here. I'm giving this book 3 stars on the streng ...more
(page 7)"All I know is that when I kick, it moves me, so I kick again, liberated from my fleshy prison of gravity."
The side story of Pip's sister Bron's illness is told well and from differing viewpoints. We feel Bron's anger, her indifference and her frustration with her dysfunctional family.
(page 41) "The moon waxes, the moon wanes, Lake Shawnee's vivid green deepens into brown, ...more
The first time I read it, I perceived something that wasn't there at all. I thought, finishing it, that most of the last half was a description ...more
I must say, the last 75 pa ...more
Doch gleichzeitig bewirkt das Schwimmen bei Philomena etwas Anderes: Nach den ersten neun Monaten ihres Lebens, in denen sie nie länger als eine Stunde und 43 Minuten geschlafen hat, fällt sie nach ihrer ersten Schwimmstunde in einen vierzehn Stunden andauernden Tiefschlaf.
Philomena ist die Ich-Erzählerin des Romans und breitet vor dem ...more
Philomena wird als Zweites von vier Mädchen, Ende der 60er, im erzkatholischen Kansas geboren. Schon beim Babyschwimmen wird klar, dass sie eine besondere Beziehung zum Wasser und zum Schwimmen selbst, hat.
Nach zwei schweren Schicksalsschlägen wird das Schwimmen ...more
"There are certain books that give me great pause. Stories that I don't want to end: Unbearble Lightness of Being. The Shipping News. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I don my goggles, stick my head into a bucket of syrup, trying mightily to suspend time- trying to read as slowly as humanly possible. Add Swimming to this list sticky notes.
Ms. Keegan does a great job drawing the reader into her pool, letting us swim, and sink, with her heroine, ...more
The fact that the abstract of this book here on GoodReads is a gushing quote by Judy Blume just about sums up my experience of the book. Tee ...more
Having been a swimmer myself, I found the various passages describing swimming and the feeling of "h...more
The book follows her from her early years, to her young adulthood and rise as a world-class competitive swimmer. She grows up ...more
Der Klappentext verrät zu diesem Buch:
"Boo, Mena, Phil oder Pip – Philomena hat eine Menge Namen und keinen leichten Stand: Ins Haus eines Fledermausforschers hineingeboren zu werden ist das eine. Dort – und noch dazu in Kansas – inmitten einer exz ...more
“Swimming” chronicles Pip’s rise as a swimming superstar-- over the course of the book she makes it to three Olympics and pulls in an unprecedented nu ...more
Sure, there are a handful of pool scenes. But nothing that resembles anything written by someone who has swam.
Most of the book is comprised of Catholic guilt scenes and general reverberations from an education by nuns, followed by the revelation in the back half that she may suffer from some of the same mental health issues as her mother and together, but o ...more