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Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    An amazing memoir about one girl's perseverance in the sea

    Not everyone can swim (or would want to) in 32-degree water, but Lynne Cox can. Swimming to Antarctica, by Lynne Cox, is an inspiring memoir about a young girl's journey to "swim around the world", and conquer her dreams of swimming in some of the coldest waters on the planet. Each swim she talks about is truly amazing and it leaves you wanting to know more at the end of each chapter. I admire her writing and the flow of her voice in her story.

    Swimming to Antarctica has an Alex Award and is truly a memorable memoir for ages of 10 and up. Lynne Cox, the author and main character, describes her thoughts and adventures of swimming in lakes, oceans, and rivers throughout the world. When she swims across the Bering Strait, she doesn't know if she will be able to handle the 32-degree water so she takes you deep into details about her problem and solution to the cold sea. I gave this story a 3 star rating because I felt that each chapter was the same struggle, swimming for so long, the cold water, and the crew. There were not many different ideas and stories to really capture your attention.

    "Oh, yes, I'm so cold. It will feel wonderful. I'm breathing so fast and hard. My body is shivering hard; my muscles are instinctively working to make heat..." Lynne Cox immerses you in her thoughts of swimming in the cold ocean. This quote from the story really is a overall "picture" of all of her swims. All the detail she proposes makes me think she is crazy but in fact mighty amazing. I truly admire her passion and mind to persevere through all of her struggles she has and I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't give up and likes adventure in their reading.

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