SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA ~
Book review and technical detail SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA ~ Lynne Cox
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|Title||SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA ~|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An alarming abstraction in captivation from long-distance swimmer Cox.Pools never seemed abundant for the columnist as a girl: too confining, after allowance to amplitude her frame, no accent or bounce to the water. Cox had her aboriginal acquaintance with wide-open baptize in bad acclimate afore she accomplished her teens; she acquainted exultant, and the acquaintance had the authoritativeness of a calling. Here, she recounts those aboriginal canicule in melodiously ablaze prose—at times a little too ablaze (“I admired acquisition blithely black leaves in fall, and architecture snow caves in the winter. But I knew that I capital to be a abundant swimmer”), but mostly a acceptable analogue to the backbreaking conditions. At first, the swims were continued and hard, admitting Cox had an ace up her sleeve: as one doctor explained, “Your admeasurement of fat to beef is altogether counterbalanced so you don't float or bore in the water; you're at one with the water.” She tore up the almanac book in agreement of times and aboriginal crossings, meanwhile acquirements that it was not aloof about swimming, but additionally about acumen and alienated with being in the water, like garbage, asleep rats, the slipstream of tankers, and creatures of the deep. (Off the Cape of Good Hope, one of her tenders mentioned, “a twelve-foot brownish whaler bluff came out of the kelp for you. He had his aperture accessible all the way.”) Cox’s early, artless innocence—as she completed her record-shattering English Channel swim, she acclaimed that she’d never been to France before—was boring eclipsed by a assurance to accost the iciest of waters. Her mile-long bathe in 32-degree baptize off Antarctica was a (literally) extraordinary analysis into extremes, but Cox capital to do added than analysis banned of animal endurance; she additionally aspired to serve as an agent of accord in her swims beyond all-embracing waters.An adorable actuality brought badly to life.
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