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Days of Grace Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1994
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The book contains moments of humour, of deep sadness and of joy, and throughout there is a vein of truthfulness that is unparalleled in anything I have ever read. The experiences that Ashe had in his life were so many and so varied, from the highs of winning three Grand Slam's to falling ill to heart disease and AIDS. His relationships with his parents, his wife and daughter, tennis players including Connors and McEnroe, and with his peers in segregated Virginia are all explored thoughtfully and with careful reflection.
In short, Ashe's book offers an account of his life, his beliefs and his final thoughts on the world and his life. Ashe triumphed in sport to become wealthy and well known, but suffered from racial prejudice as a child and terrible diseases as an adult. Yet not once did wealth change his outlook or basic lifestyle nor did he give up in the face of racism or death. Instead Ashe took another path, the noble path - he showed deep respect and understanding towards his fellow man, he used his wealth and his disease to help thousands of others and he never lost site of the moral lessons he had learned as child.
`Days of Grace' is a remarkable book from Arthur Ashe, an extraordinary man.
The book started off great. Ashe gave us some insight into his world and into various aspects of his life that is not well known. He talked about his days as the captain of the American Davis Cup team, which was enlightening and revealing. He tells the intimate details of how, why and what happened when he discovered, as well as was discovered, to have aids. The opening chapter had me gripped to the seat as I was drawn in from the first few words. Amidst all this was Ashe's eloquence and ability to calmly and eloquently tell his story and impart who he was at the same time.
But then it became droll and boring. Ashe started talking about day to day stuff and imparting common conversations, thoughts and actions with too much importance. He would talk about going for a walk, or a talk he had with his daughter. He devoted several chapters to talking about various issues that didn't have anything to do with him but was more of a long winded explanation to help clarify a one sentence thought that he had. For example, he talked for almost a whole chapter about the likelihood of gay and lesbian athletes in various sports. Finally, as much as this seems touching, the letter at the end to his daughter sealed the deal and made this a mostly boring biography to read.
What we didn't see was his struggle with racism and segregation as he grew up in those troubled times of America.Read more ›
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I have always been a fan of Arthur Ashe's tennis. I think he was one of the greats in sports. When I heard that he had AIDS, I wondered how this would affect his life, sports,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lorraine K
Up until reading this book all I knew about Arthur Ashe is that he was an African American tennis player that died of AIDS. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rasheed
I had tried to read this book many times and heard of Arthur Ashe my whole life. He was a tennis star and my cousins from the inner city always received tennis rackets from parks... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
In this book Arthur touches various areas including the announcement that he had HIV from a transfusion as part of a heart surgery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by indooroopillykid
Compelling...and poignant read, considering it's coming out posthumously.
May Ashe's legacy NEVER be forgotten