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Eric Cantona Hardcover – October 21, 2009
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Manchester United fans who were around during the Cantona years will enjoy revisiting that time, along with the preceding strokes of luck that brought Eric to Manchester in the first place. (I should note that Eric doesn't make it to Manchester until well into the book; there's a lot that took place before his arrival at Old Trafford, or Elland Road for that matter.) Younger fans will gain a greater appreciation for the man who was such a catalyst in the revitalization of Manchester United as a footballing force. Readers who enjoy (sport) biographies of interesting figures will likely be entertained by this detailed yet well paced telling of events public and personal along with the varied views of people along the way . . . Brian Clough's reaction to the kung-fu kick was, well, very Clough-esque.
My copy has a sticker on it saying it was the "Best Football Book--British Sports Book Awards 2010."
But Eric Cantona was one of most controversial characters to play in Premier League and at his hey day fantastic to watch when not embroiled
in off field antics.
I wanted to get to know more about him and his pysche.
What is revealing is how he was (mis)treated by French and Marseilles fans so you can see how he had the proverbial chip on his shoulder
even before joining Leeds/Man U.
A gifted but slightly flawed individual, this is a highly interesting read on his upbringing in France and how his career blossomed and faltered
and that is before even getting into his Premier League exploits.
The book does get into maybe too many details about his career in France
but it also gives good insight into how his mind works so will set you up for how he came about entering the Premier League and his thought process and infamously violent side. Overall a fascinating read.
This book takes a look at Eric Cantona's life from birth up to and focusing on his playing career. It is written from the perspective of someone who idolizes the man. Sometimes this sort of route can lead to disaster but in this case it was done quite well. Not 5 star well but 4.5 star, favouring 4. The author, Philippe Auclair engages you with stories of his playing career through recounting interviews with people around Cantona and some of his own observations. This perspective is not without merit but does not offer insight in to the man himself, only observation.
I would recommend this book to anyone who does not know much about Eric "The King" as it gives a fantastic introduction. To anyone who knows his story and wants more insight in to the man himself, look for a biography that Eric himself has taken part in. All in all, well written and definitely an A-1 Read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good book and well written. author talks up football as an art, which in my opinion, is always an interesting concept. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Muzzy Izzet
Great book, excellent read. If you're looking for some insight behind Cantona, this book provides it.Published 22 months ago by Pomufc
I was too young to witness the genius that was Eric Cantona - he retired in 1998 and my experience with his abilities were limited to Nike campaigns and youtube compilations. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by GS4815