My Untold Story

Book - 2014 | 1st ed. --
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A surprising and inspiring story of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit by sculls rowing world champion Silken Laumann.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781443419079
Characteristics: xii, 292 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Fraser, Sylvia


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Feb 02, 2017

This was a very disappointing read! Considering Silken trained for years at an Olympic level, the best insight she can muster on any of her training is cliched sayings like, "work hard". She doesn't question the differences between elite level athletes and non elites, nor all the reasons for the differences. Her retelling of past events reads as robotic and largely detached from any emotion.

Jan 14, 2016

really great book I enjoyed reading it!:)

ksoles May 23, 2014

Essentially, "Unsinkable" tells a motivational tale of triumph and illustrates the power of both ambition and perseverance. In the memoir, renowned rower Silken Laumann describes her Olympic bronze medal performance in Barcelona (1992), which occurred a mere 10 weeks after a stomach-turning accident that shattered her ankle and stripped away her right calf muscles. Laumann dives into her story in the same merciless way in which she approaches life but, though she seems eager to take the reader into the depths of her psyche, she doesn't quite reach her goal.

Sticking with a strictly personal approach, Laumann eventually returns to her difficult childhood, one spent with a mother who openly resented her children for preventing her from becoming an artist (Laumann’s parents and sister have co-signed a letter disputing the veracity of certain facts in the book). Laumann also touches on her struggles with body image, cutting, depression and her stepdaughter's autism.

"Unsinkable" began as a product of Laumann's soul searching after the failure of her first marriage to fellow rower John Wallace. She strives to convey optimism and wisdom but frequent abstract platitudes and flashes of rage show that she still experiences moments of vulnerability. Ironically, these moments lend the book its strength; she reveals her insecurities as well as her attributes and shows clear-headedness between her unwavering willpower.

While not wonderfully written, the prose of "Unsinkable" has a natural, uncluttered flow that makes for a quick and engaging read.

Mar 21, 2014

A very fine book that shows the inner depths of our courage in the universe!

runfastread Mar 19, 2014

You want inspiration t o get yourself up and off the couch as a Canadian, read this book. Silken Laumann has been through a lot more than most of us can even imagine, but she never quit. A story of courage, perseverence and the will to push yourself beyond pain.

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Jan 14, 2016

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