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On the Water By On the Water Hans van den Brink

On the Water by On the Water Hans van den Brink

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Summary

Happiness only exists when you can touch it and I held it, I'm still holding it, that summer of 1939, now, here tonight.' Two young oarsmen are trained as a coxless pair by a mysterious German coach in the golden summer of pre-war Amsterdam.

On the Water Summary

On the Water by On the Water Hans van den Brink

'I am holding on to that summer, not just in my thoughts but with my whole body, from my numb fingers down to my toes. The summer when the river was ours, and so was the boathouse, the city, the meadows and the reeds at the water's edge. Happiness only exists when you can touch it and I held it, I'm still holding it, that summer of 1939, now, here tonight.' Two young oarsmen are trained as a coxless pair by a mysterious German coach in the golden summer of pre-war Amsterdam. Through the pressure and rapture of physical exertion, teamwork and victory, Anton the shy outsider and calmly self-confident David, forge an intense relationship while the grim developments on the world stage remain at a great distance. But on the wintry eve of Holland's liberation, Anton stands on the bank of his beloved river and mourns a lost world: David has disappeared and the boathouse is now derelict and deserted . . .

On the Water Reviews

'Rarely have sport and literature combined so seamlessly to produce such a small miracle of a book'. Daniel Topolski, Guardian

Additional information

GOR001925267
9780571209248
0571209246
On the Water by On the Water Hans van den Brink
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Faber & Faber
2002-01-14
144
Short-listed for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2002
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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