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review The Bone Cage 100 ð 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 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 blosIty 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 dre. I chased the Olympic Dream when I was younger and really l now in reading this book realized how mildly I did so The characters in this book are all working to prepare for the Olympics and struggling with training injuries family crises and the rest Yet the book is not melodramatic The problems the athletes face are not over the top and they don't solve all of them either Good luck at the Olympics Digger

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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 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 r. I only knew about this book through Canada Reads and this is the third one I've read with The Complete Essex County and The Best Laid Plans to go Having heard the radio debates before reading this I did keep in mind that this didn't get a very positive reception from the judges but after reading it that is a disappointment because like Georges Laraue said this is uite an accessible book And although by the end of the week that word did seem to carry a negative connotation I don't mean to say that the writing is too simple or the book is 'dumbed down' for the masses but that the story is relatable because it talks about the process of working towards a life's dream and the disappointment that is always lurking beneath it all I suppose this was always the choice to take out of the race along with the graphic novel but both deserved betterThis story centers around Digger Tom Stapleton who is a wrestler preparing himself to make the Olympic trials for the 2000 Sydney Games and Sadie a swimmer who is doing just the same Their stories do not intersect at all to start off with which is all well because the peripheral characters that make up the support system for these two are worth getting to know their coaches fellow trainees and confidants parents etc Fly Digger's friend was easily my character for the humour he brought to whatever situation he happened to be in I am about as far from an Olympian as you can be and I still enjoyed this story very much I was looking forward to Sadie's story because I do enjoy swimming albeit for leisure but Digger's training was just as gritty and real at some points it was like a chess match his mind furiously going through the moves he could use to gain points and take down his opponent The descriptions for the sports never do get tiring for me I could nearly smell the chlorine from the pool sense the constant pressure to keep shaving time off from their swims sweat dripping from the athletes as they grind through their practicesI'm not sure how long this book will stay in the public's conscience even the Vancouver Games are fading fast from our memories but it is a worthy read It's not often I care about both protagonists; all too often the prose will be wonderful to read but the fates of the characters don't seem to be foremost on my mind Not with these two I cared about Sadie and Digger's journeys and whether or not they'll finally make it to the Olympics to give it their all I'd definitely recommend this book Angie Abdou has an almost methodical prose in a complimentary sense because the pacing ticks along and there's never a boring moment The story moves Some chapters are written with a near short story flourish because she compacts everything so smartly within the boundaries but strung together it makes uite a visceral read

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The Bone CageElationship between Digger and Sadie is tested in the all important months leading up to the Olympics as intense training schedules divided loyalties and unpredicted 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 sensual. Holy moly Angie Adbou should have a spot in every Canadian’s bookshelf She had me at page one the hopes fears routines and dreams of these characters were my own I finished the last line shut the book and said out loud “THAT is a novel” Angie I’m in awe Thank you