Swimming

Swimming

by Nicola Keegan
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Swimming 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Almost-Tica More than 1 year ago
Judy Blume says that Swimming is the "most original" book she's read all year. I am SO sorry for Ms. Blume. I bought this book with anticipation based on the publisher's description of it, but finished reading it with great disappointment. It was nothing at all like I had thought it would be. The swimming element is a tiny part of the novel--it deals mostly with an increasingly disturbed person who really is not very likeable at all as an adult. There were huge boring sections and little to make me want to keep turning the pages, although I continued to slog through it. By the end, I was sorry that I'd ever bought the book and that I'd spent the time continuing it. I simply don't see anything exceptional or even pleasing about this book.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
When Philomena "Pip" Ash was nine months old, her parents entered her in a baby water class; she amazed everyone when, unlike the other kids who plopped and fell, she began smoothly moving through the water. Olympic coach Ernest K. Mankovitz trains Pip turning her into an unbeatable swimming robot who wins gold medals in three Olympic Games. Over the years of her success, Pip's older sister dies of cancer, her father is killed in a plane crash, and her mother collapses mentally with an endless string of nervous breakdowns. The pool is where Pip denies her ghosts, but she never learns to relate. However, as her career winds down, Pip finds herself increasingly dealing with the demons that haunt her as she can no longer sublimate her feelings by swimming. Character driven, this is a super look at a person whose only psychological defense mechanism over the years of tragedy is swimming, but now with her career waning, even the pool is no longer a haven for her. Pip is terrific with her cursing about life's unfairness as all the emotions she psychologically avoided by swimming away from them are igniting inside her now. With a candid look at real and metaphoric death (as this is not just the demise of a person) through the confused mocking lead character, whose convoluted ramblings can be difficult to follow, SWIMMING is a gold metal winner. Harriet Klausner