Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Great review by Andy Martin in The Independent of Sam Bleakley's 'Surfing Brilliant Corners'

Great review by Andy Martin in The Independent of Sam Bleakley's excellent new book Surfing Brilliant Corners. As well as lamenting the  "adolescent brawling on the beach and the drunken orgies" of old he says among other things:
"Surfing Brilliant Corners is a jazz-inspired song of surfing...[which] easily transcends the traditional surfing-magazine brief. Part-memoir, part-metaphysics, the book is brimming with epic pictures of camels, deserts, jungles, oceans and occasional human beings...Bleakley argues persuasively that surfing, and therefore life generally, consists of imparting some new syncopated swerve to an old standard and improvising amid the maelstrom, "between chaos and control"."

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