The Bone Cage

The Bone Cage Review

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 question: what happens to athletes when their bodies are too old and injured to compete? The blossoming relationship 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, sensuality, 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 dream.

Title:The Bone Cage
Edition Language:English

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  • Jen

    There's a difference between fact and truth, and fact doesn't matter in fiction writing, but truth does. Abdou writes something along that line in her acknowledgements, and it's clear how well that me...

  • Kristene Perron

    All I knew about The Bone Cage, when I picked it up, was that it had something to do with Olympic swimming. How surprised I was to find, in those pages, vivid memories of my own past brought to life, ...

  • Joanie

    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,...

  • Emily Ferko

    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, shu...

  • Pooker

    Having just read Trevor Cole's *Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life* and come to the shocking conclusion that I might be just as self-absorbed as Norman, I am, nevertheless, going to begin this...

  • Magdelanye

    Libraries, like most stores, usually have a row of temptations close by the check out. It is here that even those who have managed to be disciplined whilst browsing for the items on their list, someti...

  • Stephanie

    Oh my, this book was so bad on so many levels. I chose to read it b/c it was nominated for the Canada Reads debates, but it didn't come into library in time anyway, yet I continued to read it. The Can...

  • brian dean

    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 struggl...

  • Peachyteachy

    I loved this book! I read it last year and it still resonates with me, particularly right now during the Olympics. I love the way you smell the pool and feel the pain and sweat of the athletes during ...

  • Kay

    I found this such an interesting look at the lives of these two athletes - their goals, daily schedules, relationships with their families, and how they see themselves (and are seen by others). I agre...