Barbarian Days

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** Included in President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List “Without a doubt, the finest surf book I’ve ever read . . . ” —The New York Times Magazine Barbarian Days is William ...

Barbarian Days

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** Included in President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List “Without a doubt, the finest surf book I’ve ever read . . . ” —The New York Times Magazine Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves. Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.

More Books:

Barbarian Days
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: William Finnegan
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-21 - Publisher: Penguin

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** Included in President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List “Without a doubt, the finest surf book I’ve ever read . . . ” —The New York Times Magazine Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks
Barbarian Life
Language: en
Pages: 322
Authors: Roy Thomas
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-12 - Publisher: Pulp Hero Press

Know, O Reader... In thousands of four-color panels for Marvel Comics, Roy Thomas told the tale of Robert E. Howard
The New Englander
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Roy Thomas
Categories: Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1857 - Publisher:

Books about The New Englander
New Englander and Yale Review
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight
Categories: United States
Type: BOOK - Published: 1857 - Publisher:

Books about New Englander and Yale Review
Barbarian Life
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: Roy Thomas
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11 - Publisher: Pulp Hero Press

Know Again, O Reader... In thousands of four-color panels for Marvel Comics, Roy Thomas told the tale of Robert E. Howard's greatest creation, Conan the Barbarian. Now, in this definitive biography and analysis, Roy chronicles Conan's comic-book life, issue by issue, plot by plot, and artist by artist. For ten