Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero

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As summer sends swimmers to the beach, here is "a fascinating scrapbook about swimming, loaded with lore . . . and suffused with the mystery of water."--The New York Times Book Review. An elegant and enchanting celebration of the art of swimming in all its incarnations--as sport, ritual, and consuming obsession--drawn from a variety of times and places. Photos.

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An exploration of the meaning that different cultures have attached to water, from the god-like Greeks to Virginia Woolf to Mark Spitz. Sprawson gives us fascinating glimpses of the great swimming heroes - liberally laden with references to literature, film, art, musicals and Olympic history.

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Charles Sprawson is an obsessional swimmer and diver. He recently swam the Hellespont.

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