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Soccer in Sun and Shadow Kindle Edition
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Galeano recalls his childhood memories of goals scored and saves missed, the beautiful dance his heroes performed with the ball, and his pride in South American soccer. His writing is sublime and metaphoric, and Galeano never stumbles. By the time he examines the new phase of commercial soccer you'll want to cry at the tainting of a game that is (was?) so pure. The commercialization of soccer will help peolpe from the states relate to the rest of the world: after all, it was just a couple of decades ago when our four major sports were ruined by escalating salaries, corporate involvement and worthless expansion. Galeano wears his heart on his sleeve and creates a wonderful read that anyone, sports fan or not, should enjoy.
I enjoyed reading stories about various aspects of the sports history and the personalities that formed it. I liked learning about the person who invented the bicycle kick and Di Stefano's incredible goal or how Zizinho scored a double goal against Yugoslavia during the 1950 World Cup. Throughout the book, Galeano imbues the narrative with a tone of passionate reverence for soccer, although he is critical of the big-money machine it has become in recent years.
This is a good book for both fans and non-fans of soccer.
The ideal edition of this book would have an accompanying video with clips of at least some of the moments Galeano describes. Failing that, however, the book itself makes magic with words to describe the "beautiful game". Galeano's politics come through also, and they only help to give the right sort of "local color" to the text. The translation is very well done, so that one hardly ever wonders how much better things might have been said in the original.
All in all, a great little book!
I guess this defines me well but if I had to take a book to the beach for pleasure reading this would be it, why?
The prose, the language, this is THE guy who you'd want to do match-report, if you were the 'man-of-the-match' in the most important game of your life, why?
Galeano's word choice is like poetry, that only comes when one makes the sweetest kick ever. It definalty is as a magazine reviewer put it, 'like Pele in a field of second-stringers'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really easy, quick read and very interesting if you're into international soccer (football).Published 2 months ago by suttonjp
I would recommend this book to readers that still view soccer as the beautiful game, despite it's flaws. Definitely a book for the romantic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bryan Eugene Dunning
The cover reads "[a] beautiful ode to the beautiful game" by Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aidan
Excellent short narratives on soccer and the politics, social issues related with the most popular sport of the worldPublished 8 months ago by Soma Dasgupta
Good review of soccer written very well. The writer has a strong point of view favoring players over management and lamenting the intrusion of business into soccer as well as... Read morePublished 9 months ago by stephen r dunlop
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