Life wins again, Dear Bloggites. I finished this book in October when it was the actual Books & Broads Book Club monthly choice, but am just now able to write this review. The October Book Club book choice was The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
I must admit, I was leery about reading this one because it was yet another book set in WWII and has Hitler as a feature due to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Fortunately, I rallied on and found that I loved this book! My goodness, I was so surprised at what I read in this book because most of the Book Club members did not like this book and a few did not read it (yet). I did go into this book thinking of it as a story about relationships through hard times thanks to the lovely Alice who enjoyed this book (I believe it was Alice, if not, please do not flog me friends).
Going into the story with the focus on relationships, I had the proper eyes to read this book and see all the amazing things about this story. Daniel James Brown shared this amazing non-fiction story told from the eyes of one of the key members of the rowing team that fought their way to the Olympics against all odds. While the author does go into a lot of technical elements of rowing and how the boats are built, I enjoyed reading the information because I am always loving to learn new things about the world around me.
The story focuses on nine young American college boys who joined the college rowing team. All the boys are from many different walks of life and on different journeys in their lives, but managed to form a bond so tight that it dissolved the differences between them and forged the similarities that affected them throughout their lives. These young men worked hard to obtain the right to go represent America in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and once there, won the gold medal against Hitler’s massive rowing team.
Throughout the novel, you are taken on an emotional journey of love, fear, joy, hate, and insurmountable dedication to achieve the dreams of these young men – a better life and a gold medal from the Olympics. The relationships that the author highlighted throughout the novel between the boys and their family and friends, gave an intimate insight into life in the 1930s and how Americans lived during the depression and WWII.
The only fault I found in this book was that there were times that the technical repetition of how to row a boat throughout the book became a little daunting, but I believe it served a purpose to get the reader in the minds of the boys while rowing the boat as a team. Overall, I loved this book and recommend it to those who love a real life, feel good story.
I give The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown 4 out of 5 Bookmarks! 🙂 Happy Reading, Dear Bloggites! Smooches!