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The Boys In The Boat

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Transcript of The Boys In The Boat

By: Daniel James Brown
The Boys In The Boat
Main Characters
Joe Rantz
Charles Day
Gordon Adam
John White
James McMillin
George Hunt
Herbert Morris
Don Hume
Robert Moch
Al Ulbrickson
George Pocock
Literary Techniques
"The perpetually somber skies began to drizzle relentlessly. Biting winds blew in from the southwest, kicking up legions of white caps on Lake Washington." (Pg 71) Vivid Imagery- In this sentence the author uses vivid imagery to help set the setting for the chapter and bring you deeper into what the characters were feeling.

"He paused, removed a handkerchief from his pocket, and dabbed it against his glistening brow." (Pg 123) Vivid Imagery- It's used to show how hot it is. It gives an idea that a large bright sun is sitting overhead and beating down heavily.

"After the race, the
San Francisco Chronicle's
tough-as-nails sports editor, Bill Leiser, said simply, 'It was a great battle. The best race I ever saw on the estuary.'" (Pg 167) Hyperbole- The author use a hyperbole to express how the sports editor was. You obviously know someone can't be as tough as a nail.

"Now, in parts of the country, it began to boil." (Pg 217) Metaphor- The author was using a metaphor to express the heat that was coming to the country. It show that it was extremely hot because the idea of boiling gives the connotation of being burnt or very hot.

" As the
sailed northeast that night and darkness enveloped her, she was ablaze with lights and loud music, alive with the laughter of young people at play, having the time of their lives, venturing out onto the black void of the North Atlantic, on their way to Hitler's Germany." (Pg 295) Vivid Imagery- The author uses lots of details to help paint a mental image of all the young people excitingly traveling to Europe. It helps get you deeper into the text.

'Good their boys were, they figured their chances of taking gold were slim to none- not out of lane six and not with Don Hume looking like a dead man." (Pg 339) Simile- The author uses a simile to give an idea on how nervous some of the boys were. It said like a dead man because it gives the gives the connotation of cold, limp, and hopeless.
"They must be immune to frustration. Nobody who does not believe deeply himself or herself- in his or her ability to endure hardship and to prevail over adversity- is likely even to attempt something as audacious as competitive rowing at the highest levels." (Pg 178)- In this quote it really shows how you have to be strong willed and self confident to be in this sport. It really reflects on to how, if not already, the boys will have to become.

"He told Joe to be careful and not to miss his chance. He reminded him that he'd already learned to row past pain, past exhaustion, past the voice that told him it couldn't be done." (Pg 235)- It show that after all the hard work and dedication from them that they should always believe they can win, even in the most difficult situations.

"As they flew down the last few hundred yards, their eight taut bodies rocked back and forth like pendulums, in perfect synchronicity. Their white blades flashed above the water like thew wings of seabirds flying in formation." (Pg 249)- It shows how perfect their teamwork was. Their effort was beautifully in sync.

All they had to do, he told them, was to continue believing in one another." (Pg 279)- This quote really shows the theme of of the book about teamwork. It show that even if you may not believe in yourself, that you can succeeded if you can believe in one another.

"Pocock had spent his days at Travers Island carefully sanding down the shell's hull and then applying coat after coat of marine varnish, buffing each coat until the shell glistened." (Pg 291)- This shows that everyone was putting in their hardest work for the team. Even if you weren't one of the guys in the limelight, that you would still be trying as hard as you can to find perfection.
1. Devoid- to deplete or strip of some quality or substance.
"To the boys he seemed at times almost devoid of emotion,-" (Pg 11)
Before I repaint I'm going to devoid the house of paint.

2. granitic-anything compared to this rock in great hardness, firmness, or durability.
"Now he peered up at Ulbrickson's granitic face and began to pepper him with questions-" (Pg 23)
I went to push the granitic door, but as guessed, it didn't budge.

3. Lionized- to treat(a person) as a celebrity.
"Outstanding oarsmen were lionized in the national press,-" (Pg 32)
After the home victory the team was lionized.

4. preeminence- eminent above others.
"- when they battled for preeminence in the west coast rowing."
The small group just wanted some preeminence. (Pg 47)

5. Reichssportsfeld- the german name for their Olympic park.
"And more than that, there must be a massive surrounding sports complex to provide venues for a wide varieties for of competitions, a single, unified Reichssportsfeld. (Pg 64)
Te Reichssportfeld was built for the 1936 Olympic in Berlin.

6. reticent- disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved
"Ulbrickson was reticent, often to the point of rudeness;" (Pg 86)
At the trial the convict was reticent to answer the questions.

7. Pragmatic- of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
""Beyond the pragmatic value of the film," (Pg 101)
The assembly was pragmatic for the growth in school spirit.

8. Decipher- to make out the meaning of (poor or partially obliterated writing, etc.)
"Later Charlie taught Joe how to decipher subtle clues..." (Pg 126)
After I forgot my combination I had to decipher the answer.

9. Garrulous- excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
"He was garrulous and sociable and loved to be at the center of attention," (Pg 154)
People didn't like Geoff because he was so garrulous in class.

10. Undulating- to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curves in alternate directions.
"On the long, undulating drive across the wheat fields up on the plateau." (Pg 196)
I was having a nice nap while sitting in the undulating waves of the ocean.

11. coulee- a small intermittent stream.
"...the boys sometimes drove to spkane and explored Joe's old haunts or traveled down the coulee to swim in soap lake," (Pg 204)
I always enjoy jumping over the coulee in the morning.

12. flabbergasted- to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound.
"Havel raised her eyes from the document and stared a him flabbergasted." (Pg 212)
When Hank won the raffle he was flabbergasted.

Recommend This Book
I recommend to all people that are at least in high school or are advanced in middle school. Its a great book about teamwork, hard work, and finding who and where you belong in the world. It tells a great story and goes even deeper into the struggles in the daily lives of the individuals. I just say that you should be older to read it because there is some hard vocabulary and that you may miss the lessons and deeper meaning of the story if you aren't old enough to understand it. All round it was a great read.

This story is about the miracle victory in the Crewing event in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. It covers the years leading up to the games with the choices, teamwork, and hard work of this nine man team, coach, and boat builder. The team was a boat full of underclassmen, who all were struggling to get through school with the effects of the Depression out in Seattle , with a disadvantage and something to prove they managed to make it to the 1936 Olympics for the U.S.A. Against all odds they managed to beat the Italian and German teams in front of Hitler and other Axis leaders to bring the gold home for The United States.

13. Semitic- of or relating to the Semites or their languages, especially of or pertaining to the Jews.
"The fact was that Brundage's views- like those of many Americans of his class- appear to have been tainted by his own anti- Semitic prejudges." (Pg 225)
Joe had always wanted to go to a Semitic country.

14. coronation- the act or ceremony of crowning a king, queen, or other sovereign.
"If so, everyone wanted to bear witness to the coronation." (Pg 255)
After all this time they were getting a new king, the coronation was three days away.

15.incandescent- brilliant; masterly; extraordinarily lucid
"In the boat Moch was incandescent." (Pg 270)
The team won because the teamwork between them was incandescent.

16. synagogue- a Jewish house of worship, often having facilities for religious instruction.
"He passed a quaint old synagogue on Freiheit street, a bright Star of David rising above its peaked roof." (Pg 309)
You could see the synagogue from a block away because of the Star of David that rose so high in the sky.

17. repechage- (in cycling and rowing) a last-chance qualifying heat in which the runners-up in earlier heats race each other, with the winner advancing to the finals.
"Each of the losing crews would have to race in a repechage."(Pg 327)
The team had to win the repechage so they could have a chance to take the title.

18. limbering- characterized by ease in bending the body; supple; lithe
"...rocking slowly back and forth, rowing slow and low, limbering up, enjoying the in and out of their breathing..." (Pg 340)
They all became more flexible from all the limbering that they did in yoga.

19. mahogany- any of several tropical American trees of the genus Swietenia, especially S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, yielding hard, reddish-brown wood used for making furniture.
"the Norwegian pine and mahogany single in which had one fifty pounds at Putney twenty- seven years before-" (Pg 358)
While playing tag, Paul hid by climbing up a mahogany tree.

20. congenital- having by nature a specified character
"Displaying his congenital tenacity, he accepted the position," (Pg 362)
Tom was everyone's friend because of his congenital friendliness.

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