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Free download The Bone Cage ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ ❴KINDLE❵ ✽ The Bone Cage Author Angie Abdou – Digger an 85 kilo wrestler and Sadie a 26 year old speed swimmer stand on the verge of realizing every athlete's dream winning a gold medal at the Olympics Both athletes are nearing Uality and euphoric highs of amateur sport and the darker cruel side of sport programs that wear athletes down and spit them out at the end of their bloom With realism and humour author Angie Abdou captures athletes on the brink of that transition the lead up to that looming redefinition of self and explores how people deal with the loss of their dream. I loved this book I read it last year and it still resonates with me particularly right now during the Olympics I love the way you smell the pool and feel the pain and sweat of the athletes during training all because Abdou writes so sensuously Pick this uick read up if you haven't already read it

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Between Digger and Sadie is tested in the all important months leading up to the Olympics as intense training schedules divided loyalties and unpredicted The Bone ePUB #187 obstacles take their draining toll The Olympics as both of them are painfully aware will be the realization or the end of a life's dream The Bone Cage captures the physicality sens. Having just read Trevor Cole's Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and come to the shocking conclusion that I might be just as self absorbed as Norman I am nevertheless going to begin this review in just such a wayI am a woman of a certain age as women of a certain age are apt to say but despite that I still harbour what some might say is an unrealistic notion that I will yet compete in the OlympicsMy siblings would not find this notion odd or unrealistic in any way even as they too attain an age of certain ness That's because starting from early childhood we've all been uite confident that we could run walk swim jump throw cycle skate row ski fight or play fast enough far enough high enough and well enough to get into the Olympics if we wanted to We know this because we competed in our own Olympics every summer and have the medals to prove it Of course in addition to the regular Olympic events such as the 100 metre dash and the long jump we added ring toss because our Dad was good at it and promised that who ever beat him would get a Dairy ueen chocolate malted milkshake on the next trip to town and we added stick races in the roadside ditch for our baby brother because everyone should have a chance for at least one medalAnd we trained daily both purposely as when my brother and I worked up a sweat and sunstroke by each taking an oar in our wooden barge of a rowboat and rowing as hard as we could in an effort to create a wake and waves sufficiently large to make it to shore and despite ourselves as when we road our bikes as hard as we could to make it up the townhall hill without dismounting just because to get off would be so feeb My siblings and I wereare blessed with good genes We're healthy mean and lean as indeed are all of our children We are all fiercely competitive Yet none of us have been to the Olympics or even tried to get theredespite the belief that we could and even still will and none of us have entered into any serious formal training to that end Why I wonder It is not for lack of talent Nor was it for want of opportunity Nor was it a case of lack of discipline So what is the difference between me my siblings and every other reasonably talented athlete out there and the OlympianI approached Angie Abdou's book with the hope that I'd find the answer to that uestionMeet Digger Thomas Stapleton a wrestler in his early thirties and Sadie Jorgenson a twenty six year old swimmer each about to realize a life long dream of competing in the Olympics Both have ualified to represent Calgary as the Calgary media is uick to say and Canada in the 2000 Bejing Olympics Both realize this is likely to be their last chance for the big show and both are anxious not to let this opportunity slip awayMy first thought about this situation was Twenty six and thirty Cripes when I was that age I was spending time at a skating rink yes every day starting at 530 am But not for me No I was there watching my own young Olympic hopefuls twirl around the ice I had looking back on it anyway a marvelously full life a husband two children an education a job three meals a day to shop for and prepare umpteen loads of laundry friends and relatives to visit and entertain songs to sing and open roads to travel Who would choose a life like Sadie's living in one's parents' home with each day after day after day unfolding in the same way swim eat work eat sleep eat weights eat swim eat sleepSadie does it because since she was fourteen she believed or had instilled in her she has the burning desire to be a champion Digger because wrestling was the right sport for his body Um there must be to Digger's story Why elseWhen I think about the dream that my brothers and sisters and I had to be in the Olympics a dream that we all still crazily have I think the difference is that it is just one of many dreams It is not the be all and end all It does not define us We did have the burning desire to beat each other We did have the burning desire to beat the person in the blocks beside us We did not have the all consuming desire to be champion of the world or to allow the pursuit of that to interfere with our other dreams or to define who we wereSadie and Digger intrigued me I worried about them I can't say I loved them; I suspect because no love was being reflected back at me I don't think they were really capable of loving anyone not themselves each other or anyone They didn't have time for that; it was conditioned out of them They did sometimes feel guilty about being selfish but as Digger put it the Olympic motto is swifter higher stronger; it does not include kinder I worried about the them because I wanted them to keep the kinder Yet I saw them losing that human uality Digger in particular when he erupts in anger far too often even going so far as to slug his best friend yet Fly accepts that and when he avoids contact with Sadie yet Sadie accepts that They were as would be Olympic athletes becoming less than human like machines like animals And the author provides us with lots of fuel to make that comparisonI found it interesting that they dated and hung around only with each other much like police officers do because nobody but other Olympian wanna bes could understand what they go through But their relationships were tenuous at best They were after all in competition with each other Katie was being groomed for Sadie's spot in the same way that Sadie was for Lucinda'sI have no doubt that Sadie was fond of her Grandmother That relationship was a good one grandchildgrandparent relationships freuently are And yet even so Sadie felt the need to legitimize herself to even her grandma who I doubt reuired anything of the sortby winning a medalEven by the end of the story I remained worried for Sadie and Digger and wondered if there really was any hope for a normal loving relationship between them after the big show Or was it true as Sadie uotes Mark Tewksbury as saying The Olympics leaves its athletes broken soulsFor all my worrying though the book was pure pleasure to read a fully immersing experience I could see hear feeland smell this book It is as I've read the author say somewhere a sweaty book I was reminded than once of the first time in high school I had walked into the boy's gym and experienced the pungent eye stinging stench of male sweat I remember thinking then Good grief Do they never take their gym clothes home to be washed and I often wrinkled my nose while reading the wrestling scenes in this book Abdou's description of a wrestling match was superb I could see and hear the grunts and sueaks and the grappling and bodies slapping on the mats as if I were present in the arena It was fast paced and excitingI could feel how Sadie's body craved the water much in the same way a smoker craves the next cigarette I could hear the rush of water past her ears and almost as if I was doing it myself I could feel the feet over head feet over head feet over head somersaults of her entry into the pool For all that immersion in the life of an athlete though I have no desire to hit the gym or the pool I do however have the burning desire to challenge my Dad to a game of ring toss I have the burning desire for a chocolate malted milkshake

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The Bone CageDigger an kilo wrestler and Sadie a year old speed swimmer stand on the verge of realizing every athlete's dream winning a gold medal at the Olympics Both athletes are nearing the end of their athletic careers and are forced to confront the uestion what happens to athletes when their bodies are too old and injured to compete The blossoming relationship. There's a difference between fact and truth and fact doesn't matter in fiction writing but truth does Abdou writes something along that line in her acknowledgements and it's clear how well that method works in this story of two Olympic hopefuls training in Calgary for the 2000 Sydney Olympics These are fictional characters but felt so true to read about Every smell sight and sensation is described making it so easy to believe in and empathize with Sadie and Digger and all they go through Sometimes third person narration can't move me; I just don't connect to the characters or whatever Not the case with The Bone Cage It's a wonder Even the supporting characters like parents and fellow athletes are perfectly fleshed out And seriously the play by play descriptions of the wrestling match and the CBC documentary are dead on perfect I can't say anything else except that I'm so glad Canada Reads brought this book to my attention