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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
Bought this book based on the positive reviews (and as 1st book for my kindle). Starting off, I could not even begin to understand how anyone could take their own life. This book completely changed my outlook on depression and the stigma attached to it within sport and life in general. Essential reading for both sports fans and those who want to try and understand how depression affects people
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
This book is great. There has obviously been hours upon hours of research done for this book. It gives the reader an incredibly interesting but also sad look upon a man who should be remembered for his extraordinary life, rather than his tragic death. It is not a morbid and depressing book, instead it is a celebration of Robert Enke's life. This really is a great book, you dont have to like soccer or even sport for that matter to enjoy this book. RIP Robert Enke.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
The book is not just another football story, but about his life as son, husband, father, goalkeeper .... How seemingly from the outside life was perfect for him ... but he couldn't cope with the darkness.

It brought a certain perspective to my life.
Somethings in life like family, friends are always more important ... no matter what doubts you are facing in your professional career!

Recommended Read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
Before reading this book must admit I did not know a great deal about Robert Enke. Having read this book I now understand the players personality, the highs and lows of professional football, and the pressure this puts on players and their families.
Ronald Reng writes excellently which makes you feel a range of emotions. It is ultimately a tragic read, although it is great to read about Roberts good times with family and teammates. I was deeeply moved during the book, and is a book I will certainly read again. My thoughts lie now with Roberts wife Teresa and their daughter, and feel that she is a strong and special lady for helping Robert through the dark days. I hope Robert has found his peace and his family can move forward together.
Highly reccommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
I am a football fan , this book is very well written. I tells the torment and despair which depression can bring to anyone. Robert the best goalkeeper In Germany suffered with this. The book gives a fantastic insight into his life, without being dour or too clinical. This is a must read, even if just to get to know Robert a little bit. You do not need to be a football fan to read this book. It has affected me deeply and I feel for his family and the clubs he played so well for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
Finished reading it a few minutes ago. This is not your typical footballer biography. Once you start with the book, you simply cannot put it down even if you knew nothing about Robert Enke (like I didn't). It's a very moving story, like the entire short life of Robert. Hopefully it will help other people learn more about this disorder and Robert's death will not be in vain. RIP Robert. I'm so sad right now, but I'm trying to remember the times when you were happy and smiling.
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on November 15, 2013
"People wondered why he saw everything in such a negative way, why he couldn't pull himself together. They didn't understand that he was powerless in the face of it. He could no longer control it. His brain function was altered; synapses inside his head seemed to be blocked. He found it hard to concentrate from day to day" This is such a depressing and yet a very important book to read as it deals with depression and the effect it has on the everyday life of the sufferer and his family. I have read this book and yet I still fail to understand why someone with so much to live for, someone who in material terms had a very successful career, could so easily take his own life. The author successfully argues and demonstrates through the sad life of Robert Enke that depression is an illness so misunderstood by the callous money grabbing society we as humans have chosen to create, it can strike at anybody and when it does the results are devastating. I cannot say I enjoyed this book, and I cannot say I fully understand how anyone could end it all by walking in front of a speeding train....but I am glad I read the sad words and images contained within it's pages and hope that in future I may have more understanding of a devastating state of mind.
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on November 20, 2013
For someone who has suffered from (what I consider) minor mental concerns, this book is a wonderful, yet at the same time scary insight into the mind of a seriously depressed sufferer. Has allowed me to understand many aspects of depression which I was never able to understand. Also gained some different insight into the normally private side of the footballing world. Also It is a shame Enke is no longer on this earth, he was a fantastic human being.

Also there is a fantastic idea for a marriage proposal in this book, great effort Enke! I've taken notes.
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on December 4, 2014
A brilliant book! The expectation for perfection on athletes can sometimes be overwhelming. The mental health of our young athletes is tested by unrealistic expectations. This book opened my eyes that we should not only focus on the mental aspects of training that go beyond motivation, i.e., coping and managing stress. It also highlighted the need for patience and encouragement to make mistake from which athletes can learn and grow. I encourage anyone who works with athletes, particularly goalkeepers, to read it.
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on July 25, 2013
I was very touched by this story. So many men suffer quietly and see no other option as to end their life. Robert Enke was one of them. As a man, an avid football fan (and long time goal keeper) I could relate to a lot of issues. It certainly isn`t a fun read with a happy ending, but the insight we get as readers into Roberts mind is enlightening. Great effort to bring this touchy subject into the spotlight
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