3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Publisher's Weekly, get a clue...,
This review is from: Paper Tiger: One Athlete's Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football (Hardcover)
PW's review, while not negative, spills precious ink across finite page complaining about Ted Kluck's inclusion of seemingly "mundane" details. What music was playing, what the players are doing to kill time, what they eat at gas station stops, etc. Apparently this is all unnecessary, boring information. WHAT???
Yeah, good call PW. Why set the mood? Why develop characters? Why make the reader feel like they're experiencing this WITH the author?
As a matter of fact, that's exactly what makes this book so damn great. I could never endure a single practice with the animals fleshed out in this book, but I feel like I lived the whole thing. What Bill Bryson does for small town America and the Appalachian Trail, Ted Kluck does for the world of regional professional football. And along the way, we share in Kluck's childhood dreams of being a bigtime pro athlete, which are fading, but not quite gone. I think we can all relate.
Great read. 5*/5*
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