Dans la vie, il existe deux catégories de personnes : celles qui barbotent gentiment et celles qui nagent vraiment. Recordman du 100 mètres nage libre et plusieurs fois champion olympique, Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984) faisait indéniablement partie du second camp.
Mais le Tarzan le plus célèbre d'Hollywood n'avait rien d'un homme-singe perdu dans la jungle. Il se voyait plutôt comme un pédagogue en slip de bain, motivé par l'envie de partager son art. En 1931, il écrit donc
L'Art de nager le crawl. L'ouvrage rassemble tous ses conseils pour parvenir au mouvement parfait et goûter à cette sensation unique dans l'eau, cette fluidité des grands champions.
Guide pratique pour tous ceux qui veulent passer l'été la tête haute tout en contribuant à rendre nos plages plus élégantes,
L'Art de nager le crawl est aussi un délicieux et iconoclaste traité d'art de vivre. Un livre original qui plaira à tous les nageurs - débutants ou confirmés - ainsi qu'aux amateurs de curiosités littéraires.
Rifke (Rosalie Wise Sharp) grew up in North Toronto, which felt to her like a foreign place because there were no other Jewish families there in the late 1930s. Yiddish was spoken in her household, and the food, dress, and customs of Ozarow - the Polish shtetl (small Jewish town) from which her parents emigrated - were all maintained.
Rifke's peers took lessons in tap-dancing, ice-skating, the piano, and the flute; activities that didn't translate into the Yiddish vocabulary at the Wises, where only hard work, no nonsense, and book-learning were permitted. Rifke secretly decided to pass as a Gentile, joining a bible class and the Christmas choir. She did not bring home friends, in case they were witness to a Jewish ritual like the koshering of meat. Rifke was guilty about her pursuit of Gentile activities during the war time, when her mother was frantic with fear that their family in Poland was being slaughtered by the Nazis.
In high school, Rifke's life changed when being "a freak" translated to being "eccentric" and "respectable." It was there that she met and married her soul mate Isadore, who worked in the construction business, much to her parents' disappointment. Prosperity, took time; however, Isadore's audacious dream to build a world class hotel chain, The Four Seasons, came to pass. In this memoir, Rosalie Sharp casts a wry and self-deprecating look back on her childhood, with anecdotes about the chance events and comic ironies that make up a life.
- Ecw press
- 26 Septembre 2011
In the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University there lies a 400-year-old document that no one has been able to decipher. Twenty years ago the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) secretly placed a guard to watch over the document.
The guard, Father Ronald McCallum, is overwhelmed when an autistic child visiting the library appears to read from the manuscript's pages. Finally its secrets will be revealed! Father Benicio Valori, priest and clinical psychologist, is sent halfway around the world to verify the boy's ability to read the manuscript.
When the manuscript is stolen, things begin to unravel. It becomes apparent the Vatican has sent others to investigate with orders to stop at nothing from keeping the document's secrets from being exposed. Fearing for the child's life, Benicio flees the country to Canada and trusted friend and psychologist, Dr. Jake Tunnel.
Despite being distraught by the diagnosis of a brain tumor in his five-year-old son, Jake reluctantly agrees to help his old friend. As events unfold, Jake is drawn into the mystery. Soon he and Benicio begin to unveil the biblical origins of the Voynich manuscript and why this autistic child can read it.
They realize that the Voynich Manuscript is the bible of the Nephilim - soulless beings created by the crossbreeding of angels and humans, and despised by God. The angels responsible for their creation were banished from heaven and the monstrous offspring were thought to be destroyed by the flood of Noah's time. Having the ability to read the manuscript leads Benicio and Jake to believe that Matthew must be a descendent of the Nephilim. And that the Vatican wants him and the book destroyed to protect the Church's followers from the truth of God's mistake.
- Ecw press
- 26 Septembre 2011
A portrait of the most beloved Tarzan and a tale of Hollywood at its legendary peak. An authoritative insight into the life of the man most film fans consider the "one and only" Tarzan - Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller - this book offers an intimate look at Weissmuller's early life, middle years, and later decline, through swimming training, Olympic triumphs, failed marriages, a Hollywood life as Tarzan of the Apes, and subsequent career as Jungle Jim.
Written by his only son, this biography is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world. Johnny Junior's inside perspective on his father's life and career includes interviews with his father's celebrity friends and former wives, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving international icons such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Joe Louis, and many others. There are "surprises" in the text and many photos from private collections that have never before been printed or seen by the general public.