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Swimming Studies (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. Juli 2012

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Produktinformation

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Particular Books (26. Juli 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1846144949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144943
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,8 x 3,6 x 21,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 9.608 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Produktbeschreibungen

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Exquisite ... brilliant, eccentric and moving - an immersion in life ... her talent is for seeing how things and lives are fused ... this enigmatic book is written out of what cannot be fathomed (Kate Kellaway Observer)

An individual medley of a book: memoir; sports journal; sensual love-letter to water. It is a serious and finely textured account ... told with the originality and playfulness of an artist ... Shapton deserves a podium place (Janice Turner Times)

Whenever I come across something of Leanne Shapton's, I feel like I have found a hidden treasure (Amy Sedaris)

Swimming Studies sets out, through a fusion of words and pictures, to capture a bittersweet part of the writer's past as completely as a scent trapped in a bottle. The book is beautiful as both a story and an object. It's about being very, very good at something, when you want to be great. I was moved by it in ways both expected and unexpected (John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of 'Pulphead')

If there is a more beautifully observed examination of the weightlessness, silence, rigor, and delight of what it means to swim, I've never read it. Leanne Shapton is one of the most broadly creative and gifted people at work today; a true artist, both visual and verbal. There seems to be nothing she cannot write or paint about: adolescence, Canada, yearning, dawn - even cake, for heaven's sake! - with a precision both surgical and poetic. The joys of Swimming Studies are in being in the care of someone of a prodigious and protean mind. My talent crush is official and deep (David Rakoff, author of 'Half Empty')

I'm so happy this book exists. Swimming Studies expresses what it's like to be haunted by the person one used to be, and the search for how that person exists in the present. Leanne Shapton writes with such curiosity, ruefulness, intelligence, and grace. Here we see how the discipline of being an athlete can condition one's ways of making art, and how the patience necessary to make art teaches other types of patience. Like the patience required to be a spouse and to love a person always. This book is a rare treat for anyone who cares about any of these things (Sheila Heti, author of 'How Should a Person Be?')

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Leanne Shapton is an artist, illustrator, and writer who was born in Toronto and lives in New York. She has contributed to The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, Jane, Seventeen, Saturday Night, and Maclean's, among other publications. She is one of the founders of J&L Books, a non-profit publishing company specializing in new art and writing. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.


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Von Ulli Frey am 10. Januar 2014
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Erzählungen gemischt mit Bildern. Oder sollte man sagen, Wasserzeichnungen? Aquarelle... also jedenfalls ungewöhnlich. Das Buch ist voller Energie und Spannung. Dem Leser wird immer ein Anlass zur Erwartung, zum Weiterlesen gegeben. Dazwischen finden sich Fotos von verrückten altmodischen Badeanzügen, Gemaltes und sehr Abstraktes. Lässt Platz zum Denken. Auch der Druck - Farben, Aufmachung, ... - gutes Gesamtkonzept als Buch.
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Beautifully written, with an artistic and often philosophical tone. Reflects and explores the way a sport such as swimming can shape a life.
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18 von 21 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Swim lit 5. Juli 2012
Von J. DAVIDSON - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
There's something elusive, unsatisfying about this book - it doesn't have the absolutely lovely finality of Roger Deakin's Waterlog for instance - but that feeling of lack, of something missing is also what the book is about. Much recommended, though I regretted buying the book on Kindle - there are a lot of images that really don't translate to the small black-and-white screen.
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Water and Watercolors 13. September 2012
Von Katy Gilmore - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
"Swimming Studies" is Shapton's memoir of her life as young swimmer training for Olympic trials, her continued fascination with water and bodies in water, and her eventual turn toward art. She's brave and honest, and her descriptions transport - you feel the squeeze of a bathing cap, the atmosphere in a bus full of young athletes on their way to a competition, the chlorinated air of swimming pools, her elation, and her exhaustion.

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!
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Swimming Studies 15. Juli 2012
Von alexis ho - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
After hearing the author interviewed on NPR, I bought the book, which is beautifully designed, and read it in close to one sitting. I found it disjointed, sometimes boring and confusing and a rather frustrating read as this collage of a book ultimately doesn't really give a deep sense of the author, or what her point is aside from her frustration, attraction and ambivalence toward swimming and pools. I don't know quite what to make of this book or the author, but there were moments where her reflections and thoughts resonated with me more deeply.... then these ruminations were lost among the nonlinear format of the memoir. I did love the artwork scattered throughout but wanted ultimately to feel the depth of her relationship with swimming and art. Unfortunately this memoir left me feeling she had only touched the surface of things.
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The Sample is great, but Kindle Images Awful 5. Dezember 2012
Von Eileen Pierce - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I was riveted by the sample of Swimming Studies I downloaded to my kindle. However, how the publishers can demand $14,99 for a book which is equally dependent on images as on words for an electronic device is ridiculous. The images simply do not translated to a Kindle...these are watercolors, or so I read in reviews, but on the kindle they are smudgey and black and white. I want to read this book but will wait until I can buy one used.
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as a former swimmer 7. September 2012
Von Robyn Tompkins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
As a former schronized swimmer and competive swimmer I was quite anxious to read. Ms. Sharptons descriptive writting brought me right back to the smell of chlorine,sweating in a pool!(non swimmers find this hard to believe) aching muscles and not wating to get out of bed for practice!
Great to know another person "gets it"that Iam truly home in the water! I have always felt the water is a calling..its my calling...true serenity.
Thank you ms sharpton:-)
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