Friday, September 11, 2015

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Okay, I know you don’t surf, probably never have and likely never will. That doesn’t mean you won’t love William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. And if you do surf, you’ll love it even more. 

Finnegan, staff writer for The New Yorker, began surfing as a child. What started as a healthy before-and-after-school hobby, quickly became a life-long passion that influenced school, work and family. Because of his love for surfing, Finnegan dropped out of college, worked a few dead-end jobs, ended relationships and began new ones as he chased waves from Hawaii to South Africa, Australia to Madeira. He was one of the very first surfers to discover the “perfect” wave at Tavarua, Fiji, before it became a private surf-tourism destination. 

After finishing university, Finnegan moved to San Francisco and later, New York, where he experienced urban waves at places like Ocean Beach and Long Island. From young gun, charging every wave no matter how big or dangerous, to middle age and beyond, taking his daughter out with him, Finnegan chronicles a lifetime surfing and writing about surfing. The Paris Review calls Barbarian Days, “ a semi-dangerous book, one that persuades young men…to trade in their office jobs in order to roam the world.” 

Read Barbarian Days and you, too, can roam the world chasing waves. All without getting wet. And you can reserve it here.

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