- Tapa dura: 256 páginas
- Editor: Alfred a Knopf (1 de noviembre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 030770002X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307700025
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Room for Improvement: Notes on a Dozen Lifelong Sports (Inglés) Tapa dura – nov 2011
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From the author of the novel Spartina, which won the National Book Award and has established itself as a modern classic, comes a collection of essays that describe with tenderhearted candor and humor a lifetimes worth of addiction. No, not an addiction to booze or drugs, but an addiction to a more natural gratification: the joy of sport, exercise, and the sheer elation of being ready and willing to say yes to a challenge. Want to run a marathon? OK. Climb Mount Katahdin? Sure! How about canoeing the entire length of the Delaware River? Why not?
Spanning more than fifty years of ambitious and sometimes peculiar endeavors, these essays take us along on some of Caseys greatest adventures: a twenty-six-day Outward Bound course in Maine during the dead of winter; being pinned by a two-hundred-pound judo instructor whose words, Come on, white boy. Dont give up, encourage at least one more attempt at escape; leading a lost couple on a yacht through the rocky waterways of Narragansett Bay by a simple rowboat; and completingon his seventieth birthdaya 70K marathon of his own devising that included rowing, bicycling, skating, Rollerblading, and finally, trotting the dog out for a mile.
Be it a preoccupation with health, vanity, or just an indomitably playful sense of adventure, John Caseys Room for Improvement is a joyful self-portrait of a writer who loves going to extremes, just to find out what its like once he gets there.
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John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His novel Spartina won the National Book Award in 1989. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is professor of English literature at the University of Virginia.
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In ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, Casey devotes each chapter to a phase of physical and athletic passion that he has engaged in during his seven decades. Each chapter is a stand-alone essay. Weaving them together is a clear and strong passion for the outdoors, for sports and for the vigorous life. Detractors might dismiss Casey as an athletic dilettante, but I think that would be harsh. The chapters cover a diverse array of athletic and outdoor passions, including:
* A 50-mike hike (in the heyday of the JFK era)
* A maritime-themed Outward Bound course off Maine's coast
* Various rowing and canoeing adventures
* Cross-country skiing
Casey brings a palpable sense of passion as he writes of the physical life and the pleasures of exercising. It's amazing what he is able to do as he gets older. If he suffers from many injuries or ailments, these never made the cut for the book. Well into his 70's, he is able to sustain a level of physical activity that would drop most people have his age.
There is the sense that modern life, with all its technology and conveniences, has made our existence too cushy and easy. There lingers among some a desire to take the harder, more rigorous route and to test themselves. ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT taps into this vein. Even if you have never engaged in any of the sporting or outdoor avocations depicted by Casey, his sparse prose makes for an absorbing read and may inspire you to get outside, chop some wood or dust off your bike.
Though there may be room for improvement in ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, I'm hard-pressed to specify what that may be and give it five stars!