Monday, November 18, 2013

Reader's Diary #1083- Eliza Robertson: We Walked on Water

I'm a cyclist, but the world of competitive cycling is foreign to me. Actually, the world of competitive sports in general has never been something I've been able to win orange pie over. But, that doesn't mean I don't like reading about. Angie Abdou's Bone Cage, about wrestling and swimming, came to mind while reading Eliza Robertson's "We Walked on Water." As a story about a couple of triathlon athletes, I had three sports to keep track of.

But I enjoy stories that initially appear out of my wheelhouse, so to speak. I get to learn about something and invariably they turn out to be not so much about the sports themselves, but the humanity. "We Walked on Water" is a beautiful, albeit tragic, story about a brother and a sister. As the story goes on, we get to witness how a sport can become so much more.

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would read this story based on that gorgeous shoreline photo alone.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: Yeah, isn't that picture great? The original story had a picture with salmon in it, which is mentioned in the story, but no where near as applicable or stunning as this one.