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The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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“The Great Tamasha is a book of breadth rather than depth. It buzzes with field trips and brisk interviews that sometimes bring insight, and more often momentum and freshness…His depiction is close-up and entertaining.” ―New York Times Book Review
“Ambitious...The combination of reporter's notebook, sporting history and a descriptive style makes The Great Tamasha compelling reading.” ―Financial Times
“A stirring study by an enthusiast of the game.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Pensive… at turns historical, sociological, and journalistic.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“As Jacques Barzun said about understanding America through baseball, so Astill's book gives an insightful take on modern India.” ―Booklist
“Peppered with star-studded interviews and transcripts of historic matches, Astill's history is a boon for any fan of cricket or interested bystander. Combining supple narrative and hard-hitting journalistic styles, his prose is a pleasure to read, with frequent wry humor bringing tears to the eyes.” ―Shelf Awareness
“Energetic reporting and a fluent grasp of history…a compelling rendering of a cricket-mad country.” ―The New Yorker
Top Customer Reviews
Having spent my youth in India, I think this is as real life as one can get.
The history of Cricket in the subcontinent makes for fascinating reading.
Some of the "villains" are now in the headlines in Indian news media.
Could not put my kindle down & read it on my last trip to India in 2 days
The breadth of topics however is at the expense of depth and often a hasty conclusion based on few data points reflecting author's viewpoint than facts. Overall, a good read for a cricket lover.
An official of the [corrupt, aren't they all] Delhi State Association complains to the author that he has been grossly wronged by the system. ["Today you see before you a pained man!".] But he defends why he is still a part of the system.
'But now I recall what Lord Krishna said to Arjuna: "YOU'RE RUNNING AWAY FROM YOUR F'NG DUTY!"'
The essence of the Gita cannot be expressed better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad from an outsider perspective. Not something you would keep or lend after few years.Published 22 months ago by 11leven
Having been a fan of Twenty20 cricket, this was an enlightening book on the history, and culture, of the game from English roots to the Indian version. Thoroughly enjoyable.Published on July 22, 2014 by R. Tolfree
Anyone who reads this book will afterwards see the Indian Premier League in a new, darker, even damning light. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by john eades
As an expat I did not know much of this story. The book is both well written and well written.Published on October 14, 2013 by Jonathan P. Hodgson
Author has given an excellent perspective on the obscene IPL and the deterioration of this wonderful game worldwide. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by manjeri Raman