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Author: Paul Vincent,H. M. van den Brink
ISBN: 0802116922
Pages: 134 pages
Publisher: Grove Pr; 1st American ed edition (July 10, 2001)
Language: English
Category: History & Criticism
Size ePUB: 1916 kb
Size Fb2: 1686 kb
Size DJVU: 1696 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 131
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Subcategory: Literature

e-Book On the Water epub download

by Paul Vincent,H. M. van den Brink

A magical tale of youth recalled and revisited, . Van Den Brink's story of a young man captivated by the thought of joining a Dutch rowing team is at once compelling and unforgettable.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). A magical tale of youth recalled and revisited, . Anton, the narrator, a slight, awkward boy in WW2 era Holland, enlists in training to compete with a local team. seemingly all things that Anton is not capable of being.

van den Brink & translated by Paul Vincent . Van den Brink telescopes much of what occurs outside the world of the club and the river, deftly contrasting Anton’s nostalgic reveries with brief glimpses of the havoc that had spread even to the lavish home where David (whose later fate is not disclosed) had seemed safe, if not invulnerable.

Van den Brink, well served by a sensitive translation by Paul Vincent, evokes the mood beautifully as he traces their time rowing together; the sense of what intense satisfaction sport can bring is lovingly evoked. The descriptions of clumsy, tentative first efforts to master complex movements ring true, while the passages on the allure of high-level fitness - perfecting skills, combining mentally and physically with a partner - are as effective as any I have ever read.

Paul Vincent (Translator). Hans Maarten van den Brink (1956) is a Dutch writer and journalist who has won many literary awards with his novel Over het water (translated as On the water). Mor. rivia About On the Water.

Hans Maarten van den Brink has written a lyric story of athleticism and the body, of a love of water and rowing, of. .

Hans Maarten van den Brink has written a lyric story of athleticism and the body, of a love of water and rowing, of how a young man grows to be a friend, a teammate, a champion. The author is observant of nature, the body and humanity, he knows the challenge and joy of sports and can communicate that experience as far as it can be done even to the couch potato. I look forward to reading more of him. A Powerful Physical & Mental Bond!!

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By H. M. van den Brink. Translated by Paul Vincent. 'On the Water'' is narrated in a series of flashbacks by Anton, an overly sheltered, if underloved, boy sentenced to an adolescence in a public housing project. His jailers are a mousy mother and a pusillanimous father, the sort of colorless man Anton fears he will one day become. The son recalls watching his father arrive home after work, dressed in the dark gray uniform of the tram company.

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On the eve of Holland's liberation from the Nazis, Anton, a young man from a lower-class family stands on the bank of an Amsterdam river and recalls the golden summer of 1939, which he spent with David, a self-assured, affluent teenager, as they train as oarsmen on the river under the tutelage of a German coach.
When an author can create a completely absorbing novel, peopled with finely tuned characters that stir us with tension and competition and longing, a novel that uses as its base a sport that few readers know enough about to connect, then that author has displayed credentials of an impressive talent. ON THE WATER spends alomst every page in the preparation, practice and execution of a two man crew boat. He gradually pulls us into that boat with an understanding of the rules of the game and the rigors of the men who row. Then, subtly and with great tenderness he unveils his two young men of polar diferences and weaves a story of the power of sporting competion and the greater power of finding a soulmate. This bonding between lower class gentile Anton and upper class Jew David is engineered by a German Doctor in 1939. This beautiful story of an exploration of place and love is set in the last summer before Hitler destroys Europe. We are left to guess the fate of David while we discover the solitary wandering Anton who tells the story five years later along the banks of the river where they spent the most beautiful time of their lives. This novel gleams with magical poetry and introduces an author (and translator) who seems destined to find an important role in the 21st Century of literature. Read this book!
This I gave as a gift to someone that wanted to learn about the sport. It is outstanding.
Upon opening 'On The Water', I found myself, within the span of four pages, already regretting that I only had 130 left to read.

A magical tale of youth recalled and revisited, H.M. Van Den Brink's story of a young man captivated by the thought of joining a Dutch rowing team is at once compelling and unforgettable.

Anton, the narrator, a slight, awkward boy in WW2 era Holland, enlists in training to compete with a local team. He meets and befriends David, who is friendly, self-confident, outgoing...seemingly all things that Anton is not capable of being.

But on the water, these two are equal...finding themselves acting, thinking, and reacting as one person, when it comes to the sport they both love.

Under the guidance of a slight eccentric coach, who dreams of sending them to into competition beyond their local endeavors, the boys develop a winning synchonicity in their sport, and in their friendship as well.

Books such as this are rare and wondrous to find, though, typically, all too short. The tale weaves back and forth between the training and a re-visit by Anton several years later to the boathouse and river, long since abandoned, although most of the 'action' takes place in the past, in Anton's recollections.

A gem of a book, thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
Anton lives in a new neighbourhood near the Amstel river in Amsterdam in the 1930's. From his early childhood onwards, the river attracts him and when he is about 14 years' old he becomes a member of the rowing club on the other side of the Amstel. Anton is an outsider: the other member are from higher social classes, his father works in the public transport branch. He is also an outsider in other aspects: he observes the others and doubts himself.
But then one day the eccentric Dr. Schneiderhahn chooses anton and David for the coxless two. In Anton's view David is his very antipole: he is self-confident and outgoing. Slowly but surely the two boys become a perfect team. In the summer of 1939 they start competition rowing and they win one race after another. It becomes more and more apparent that they have a chance to participate in the 1940 Olympics in Finland. At the end of the year they promise each other to go on as a team in the next year.
The book is written as a oppressive retrospective of Anton who finds himself on the pier of the derelict rowing club in 1944. the reader knows what has happened between 1939 and 1944 and the typically Jewish name David strongly suggests that history has not been kind to him. A beautiful book in sensitive prose.
This was a different type of story that really kept my attention from page one. It takes place in Amsterdam, Holland in 1939 when two young oarsmen train under the guidance of an eccentric German coach in hopes of someday winning the Olympics. Anton, who narrates the story, is from a working class family. David, the other oarsmen in this two man boat with Anton, is an affluent & self-assured athletic young man. The story in beautifully worded images describes the two young men as they become bonded together closer and closer through grueling practice sessions and training to later go on to winning many local races. Anton's description of his obsessive desire to please and do everything perfect for David is almost like a love story and indeed very homoerotic at times. This story is told five years later by Anton as he revisits the now abandoned boathouse. You can tell he is deeply emotional in his remembrances of a time that he describes as "the best summer of his life." You get the feeling this is the most important year of his whole life, too. With World War II now exploding all around him as he remembers, you can feel his tragic lost of youth and happier times.
I felt this was a sensitive and well-written work of literature. There is so much feeling in Brink's writing about this friendship and the time they shared together. I sincerely hope to read more from this Dutch writer in the near future. Highly Recommended!