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Caught Inside A Surfer's Year on the California Coast (Paperback)

Author:  Daniel Duane
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0865475091
ISBN-13: 9780865475090
Sku: 30204795
Publish Date: 5/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  256
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Recounts a year of surfing in California, shares observations on Pacific shore ecology, and looks at the history of the state and surfing *Author: Duane, Daniel *Subtitle: A Surfers Year on the California Coast *Publication Date: 1997/05/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25
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Enhanced by good-humored explanations of the physics of wave dynamics, the intricate art of surfboard design, and sharp-eyed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Pacific wilderness, this narrative of Daniel Duane's life on the water is remarkable. From the portraits of famous and infamous surfers to an analysis of Gidget's perverse significance, Duane uncovers the myths and symbols bound up in this vibrant American subject.
A wondrous, uproarious, and surprisingly informative account of a year spend surfing, Caught Inside marks the arrival of an exuberant new voice of the outdoors. This remarkable narrative of Daniel Duane’s life on the water is enhanced by good-humored explanations of the physics of wave dynamics, the intricate art of surfboard design, and lyrical, sharp-eyed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Pacific wilderness. From Captain Cook and Mark Twain to Robinson Jeffers and Jack London, from portraits of famous (and infamous) surfers to an analysis of Gidget’s perverse significance, Duane expertly uncovers the myths and symbols bound up in one of our most vibrant and recognizably American subjects.
Daniel Duane's account of a year spent surfing in Santa Cruz is also an entertaining narrative about his native landscape and its history, the cultural history of surfing, and the settling of California--including portraits of famous and infamous surfers.


Bloomsbury Review
"...[A] book unlike any other, a rich mixture of adventure narrative, personal memoir, sports writing, and natural history writing....Duane has given us a style that is entirely fresh and original....[A] thoroughly enjoyable and informative read, a book significant not only for its deft grasp of subject and style but also for the promise it holds for greater things to come from a writer so young and gifted." - John Murray May/June 96

Voice Literary Supplement
"Surfing hardly seems a territory wide open to literary memoir, or to nature writing of a Thoreauvian bent. But Daniel Duane smartens up what popular accounts have usually dumbed down....Duane has the naturalist's 3-D vision and a formidable descriptive net, which keep his abstractions close to the ground." - Jennifer Schuessler July 1996

Philadelphia Inquirer
"[G]ood enough to merit comparison with Peter Matthiessen's 'Men's Lives'..." - Peter Van Allen 06/30/1996

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"...Duane has succeeded in creating a seductive journal that describes not only the complexities of this sport but offers a compelling glimpse into a profoundly different raison d'etre. As he and his surf buddies chase waves, they continue to wrestle with the big issues and melancholia often seeps into their euphoria." - David Sheff 07/14/1996

New Yorker
"Out of a young teacher's compulsion to be on an 'honest-to-God surfboard, on a daily basis' has come to a wry, lyrical ode to a sport that in the author's view has been misunderstood as a pastime for dropouts." 12/9/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   North Point Press
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