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Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Steviesee » Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:31 pm

A Surfing Life -

Saw this book reviewed in the Guardian/Observer when it first came out in hardback, but wasn't that interested as I've always got a book on the go, and surfing is not a genre I've read much of in the past. I don't read reviews as a rule as they give away the plot or structure of a book, unless it's something I've got no intention of reading, but on learning it won the Pulitzer for biography I bought it not long after it came out in paperback.

It's been my companion for the last week or so, spent a couple of hours this afternoon reaching its conclusion, a great piece of writing. Total respect to the author, a life well surfed indeed, and so much more...

A timely reminder that life is but a blink, and I need to get in the water more, while I can...

Highly recommended!
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:10 pm

Excellent Steviesee - now stick it in the 'Pass on the Book' thread & I'll have 1st dibs 8)
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Steviesee » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:21 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:Excellent Steviesee - now stick it in the 'Pass on the Book' thread & I'll have 1st dibs 8)

PM me, I've always enjoyed sharing books.
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby JayP » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:00 pm

I'll have it off you ATTMFKH when you're done! :-D
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:40 pm

Cheers Stevie. Got a couple I can send your way if you ain't read them. Will check out what I've got and PM you tomorrow
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Burler » Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:36 pm

I've read this and passed it on to a mate. It's a bloody great book, some of the stories are insane. Surfing on acid, check. Diving into cracks in the reef to escape killer waves, yep. Dodging New York cops to ge the E.coast wave of a lifetime, no problem. Highly recommend it :-)
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Chris F » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:59 am

Steviesee wrote:
ATTMFKH wrote:Excellent Steviesee - now stick it in the 'Pass on the Book' thread & I'll have 1st dibs 8)

PM me, I've always enjoyed sharing books.


Probably make sens to pass it on to me first as I'm local, then I'll thinking about passing it on to ATTMFKR when I'm done. Sometime :wink:
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby ATTMFKH » Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:31 am

@ChrisF :bootyshake:

Steviesee - current books if yer intersted : Tapping the Source, Tiajuana Straits, Eddie Would Go
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Chris F » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:40 pm

They're all shit, you want to swap with a classic like my copy of Kelly Slater's Pipe Dreams. A classic of modern literature.

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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Steviesee » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:50 pm

Ok, ATT man, just wanted to share a book, address required. Not that interested in other surf books, as I said...
More bothered that I wasn't passing beach when yesterday's tragedy was occurring. :(
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Chris F » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:54 am

Likewise :( so sad.
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby c-lad fantastic » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:00 pm

Just finished reading it myself. Absolutely brilliant!

I now realise that I have wasted my life.

Anyway, if anyone wants my copy, pm me your address and I'll stick it in the post.
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby c-lad fantastic » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:22 am

Got your pm ChrisF
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby Chris F » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:11 pm

:wink: cheers min.
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby ATTMFKH » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:03 pm

Getting stuck into myself thanks to two transatlantic flights - it's a good read.
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby tootes » Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:02 pm

great book, what a surf life well lived. So many great sections, but finding Tavarua section is great.
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby ATTMFKH » Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:30 pm

cracking quote at the bottom of page 170 if I remember = talking about the religious like calling of surf ..... 'the dog whistle that must be obeyed goes off in your head .......'
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Re: Barbarian Days - William Finnegan

Postby tootes » Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:42 pm

The book is full of great little one liners and anecdotes. I liked it when he paddled out at OB having walked by, gun in hand, the crusty alpha surfer who was to afraid to paddle out.

"20 years of experience got you down that wave" when out with mark r

I always like Riding the Magic Carpet but this book really is the definitive surf life book if you ask me.
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