AG Book Club :: The Boys in the Boat
Guys, I think I may have a new favorite genre. For years, I’ve loved fiction, especially fantasy, drama and the classics. But of all the books I read last year, my favorite was Unbroken, a work of historical non-fiction. And I absolutely loved this month’s book, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, another historical narrative!
The book tells the story of the 9 members of the University of Washington’s crew team who rowed for the gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. There were so many aspects of the story that caught my attention, from the personal lives of the boys on the boat, to the weather phenomenon that was the Dust Bowl, to the incomprehensible cruelty of the leaders of Nazi Germany.
We had a passionate discussion at book club last week, finally able to gush about the things we loved in the book. Here’s my own review ::
As I mentioned in my review, May’s book of the month is Maus by Art Spiegelman. I’m looking forward to reading something a little different. I’ve loved the graphic novels I’ve read so far and people say this one is “a tremendous achievement”. :)
What about you? Did you read The Boys in the Boat? What did you think? Did you know much about rowing before reading this book? Who were some of your favorite men and women in the story? Who were some of your least favorite? (Mine were Goebbels and Thula…oh my gosh!!!) What were you feeling when the boys rowed across the finish line at the Olympics? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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