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  • Bibliografie

    von Kevin McAleer
    PalmArtPress, . Auflage, , Englisch
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    ISBN: 978-3-96258-020-9 GTIN:
    , 244 Seiten,

    Höhe/Breite/Gewicht: H 21 cm / B 14 cm / -
    Erscheinungstermin: 2018-11-15, lieferbar
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    Steve wants to be a surfer – one of those demi-gods who walk on water. But for a kid from the San Fernando Valley who’s scared of the ocean this is no easy task. Through his encounters with tough Malibu locals, shady surfboard designers, haole-hating Hawaiians, uptight surf stars, sex-hungry surf groupies and stoned big-wave riders, Steve learns the humorous as well as the darker side of surfing. With finely honed irony and a lightness of touch, Kevin McAleer tells a story of friendship, coming of age in the 1970s, and the fascination of surfing – while also imparting a wealth of knowledge that can compete with any how-to book on the sport (including an extensive surf glossary as appendix).

    "Surferboy" is a cleverly arranged bildungsroman and the story of a subculture’s decline and fall. Told from the standpoint of a neophyte who wants to join the surfing ranks, the narrator-voice combines the crazed obsession of the insider with the ironic distance of the outsider. (Berliner Tagesspiegel)

    Perhaps the saying is true – that happiness makes you stupid. Maybe surfers are so happy that they should only start writing about surfing after they’ve stopped. Kevin McAleer, who grew up in California, has given us an autobiographical novel well worth reading. (Mare)

    McAleer introduces us to a brand new world and makes it accessible, for in his autobiographical novel "Surferboy" he writes of surfing with such passion and precision that even nonpracticioners will at once take to the sport. (TIP)

    "Surferboy" is one of those novels where after just two sentences you’re so deep into it that you’d swear you’ve got sand in your undies. (Radio Fritz)

    As author, McAleer isn’t just riding a wave, rather his book dives deep – and entertainingly so – beneath the surface of the practice. (Surf)

    "Surferboy" is a novel about growing up and initiation rites. Kevin McAleer, who in his youth was a surfer, conveys why surfing is so addictive but he doesn’t gloss over the malaise, the emptiness that follows the ecstasy. American Grafitti for waveriders. (Zitty)

    Who doesn’t want a surfer boy? "Surferboy" by Kevin McAleer charts the progress of an L.A. boy from kook to surf dude . . . . well-written and evocative of both the sun-drenched beaches of Cali and the ups and downs of getting bitten by the surfing bug.

    "Surferboy" is both a superb novel about growing up and a cultural history of surfing rendered with atmospheric precision. (Tide)

    The evolution of surfing in Southern California in the 1970s is grippingly told. It is through a precise description of those social conventions which surfers put beginners through that the author shows his intimate knowledge of the subject. Whether you’re a kook, pro or non-surfer, you’ll like this book.

    As "Surferboy" takes us on a ride up and down the waves, we experience both the ups and downs of the surfing life, with the author making short work of that romanticized image of good vibrations and beach babes. Yet nevertheless, by book’s end, we still have a wistful yearning for it all. (

    A wonderful summer book, above all for ex-surfers, but also for those who have always wanted to be initiated into the secrets of this sport. (Norddeutscher Rundfunk)

    With "Surferboy," Kevin McAleer has written the first pure surf novel – the portrait of a subculture with roots in Hawaii, then its boom during the 1960s, through to the 1970s and Surf Punks and New Wavers and the scene’s utter commercialization. Though written in suitably laid-back prose, this bildungsroman also functions as a surfing primer. (GEO)

    "Surferboy" is an absolute must-read. (
  • Urheber


    Kevin McAleer
    Kevin McAleer grew up in Los Angeles, received his doctorate in history from the University of California, and now lives as a writer and translator in Berlin. His stories have appeared in both German and American periodicals. Notable among his books are the epic poem ERROL FLYNN: AN EPIC LIFE (PalmArtPress 2018), which eminent film critic Rex Reed praised as “a daring adventure in biographical refurbishment,” and the historical monograph DUELING: THE CULT OF HONOR IN FIN-DE-SIÈCLE GERMANY (Princeton Legacy Library 2014), a social portrait of duelists in Imperial Germany which The Wall Street Journal commended as “vivid and appalling” and the Encyclopaedia Britannica acclaimed one of its “Books of the Year.”

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