Longlisted for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing AwardRaw and poeticlean and ferocious. The New York TimesI swim for every chance to get wastedafter every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one: the burn of it down my throat, to my soul curled up in my lungs, the sharpest pain all over itit seizes and stretches, becoming alive again, and is the only thing that makes sense.At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an alcoholic, isolated from her family, and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her.Driven to compete at the highest levels, sent far away from home to train with the best coaches and teams, she finds herself increasingly alone and alienated, living a life of cheap hotels and chlorine-worn skin, anonymous sexual encounters and escalating drug use. Even at what should be a moment of triumphcompeting at age sixteen in the 1996 Olympicsshe is an ou...
|Title||:||Godspeed: A Memoir|
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Godspeed: A Memoir Reviews
This is an astonishing book. It's a memoir like On the Road is a memoir. Or Close to the Knives. Which is to say this is LITERATURE. Legler breaks sentences wide open — it's intensely poetic. Closest thing to it, in terms of sports literature, is "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" — but where that work is claustrophobic, this work is psychedelic and intensely sensual. It's much much more than an athlete's memoir — it is a document of an experience with the world, with being a body in ...more
This was just a brutal autobiography. Godspeed tracks Legler's youth from a swimming prodigy to Olympian to addict, and the prose style follows her mental status: as an awkward teenager with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome who begins to make questionable choices in order to feel "normal," the prose is also awkward and confusing; as she begins to spiral into depression and nihilism where even her Olympic experience feels meaningless, the writing nonchalant; as a college student who descends into ...more
I found it hard to find anything to latch onto in this book, which reads like a series of breathless vignettes. The swimmer who doesn’t want to swim. The drug dealer. The rebellious teen. The promiscuous woman. Rape. Depression. Suicide attempts. Rehab. It’s all there but it washes over you like the endless laps the author swims in the pool in long trailing sentence that hint at meaning that’s never quite uncovered. Novel as metaphor for the swirling waters of addiction, trauma and depression.
Legler is painting with words— her writer’s hand is so unique and beautiful. This book is both tragic and stunning— it’s one of those books that you’ll want to read from cover to cover immediately. I’m anxiously awaiting the next thing she writes!
I really wanted to like this book because Casey’s story seems so interesting. Unfortunately, the writing is terrible. Couldn’t even finish it