Posted by: nataliereviewsbooks | March 22, 2016

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

TheBoysintheBoat

I sat in my living room watching crews rowing out in front on the lake followed by the coach with the bull horn while I read this book.  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is quite popular here in Washington as the crew from UW won gold at the 1936 Olympics.  While reading we are taken back to places all over Washington state in the early 1900’s.

The descriptions and detail about everything from the locations, rowing specs, and the emotions of the characters made you imagine like you were part of the story. You could feel the struggle of the boys, coaches and boat builder and find yourself cheering for them, and especially Joe Rantz, to win each race.

My grandparents from Chicago went to the 1936 Olympics!  So I was fascinated at all the historical detail and I could imagine the Germany that they saw. You could feel yourself walking down the streets and it was like a report from CNN about Hitlers plan for showing the world Germany.  On the train my grandmother was harassed by an officer because he was concerned about the magazine Ladies Home Journal that she was reading. I appreciated learning so much about the Olympics and how Germany was transforming.

The research that went into this book was extensive.  It was amazing how a story that can be told in 5 minutes could be written in such a long narrative that totally captivates the reader from beginning to end.

 


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