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Beyond a Boundary (C.L.R. James Archives) Paperback – 17 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press; 50th edition (17 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822355639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822355632
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Delightful and lively, full of vivid, detailed descriptions of players and play. . . . I doubt I'll ever sit through an entire test match, but if you told me I could only keep a half-dozen sports books, this would probably be one of them."--Tim Marchman ""Deadspin" "

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C. L. R. James (1901-89), a Trinidadian historian, political activist, and prolific writer, was one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals. He is the author of a renowned study of the Haitian Revolution, "The Black Jacobins" (1938), and a play, "Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History" (1934), which is published by Duke University Press.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
History, sociology and cricket as the glue -- great! 13 Oct. 2013
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I originally chose it because I was familiar with the West indies team of the 50s and 60s -- (once hit 2 against them) -- but this book turned out to be much more significant than a sports journal or "tell all". James moves through the history and context of cricket in the WI , weaving in the ties to the British public school culture, class 'warfare' and "the Empire".
Although his stated aim is to produce a reasoned argument for a case (which he does), it can also be enjoyed by reading segments that are of particular interest (e.g. Victorian era, WG Grace, the great tours,the rise of professionalism, the 3 Ws) and as a reference -- particularly if of WI heritage.
The writing style is crisp and often repetitive -- at first this was disconcerting, but I chose to imagine James talking to me or a group and putting out his thoughts and intermingled facts with the skill of a passionate advocate. It worked.
My original plan was to read and pass on but it stays on my bookshelf -- trustworthy borrowers only!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the outstanding books of our time. James ... 25 Sept. 2014
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One of the outstanding books of our time. James development of his thesis on the relationship between sport and politics in the wider context of race, colonialism and socio political development is outstanding.

Derek Wilshere
Lower Hutt
New Zealand
Award of Merit , International Hockey Federation
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A classic, but the cricket is hard to understand. 18 Oct. 2014
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A classic. And the autobiographical stories of late-colonial West Indies are wonderful, and wonderfully written. A great second perspective, for anyone interested in a view of this time, other than VS Naipaul.

However, the cricket is incredibly technical, long, and dense. The author seems to revel in using detailed sports terminology, which must have been a little "inside baseball" even at the time when it was written. It's hard to understand, even for a modern cricket fan. And completely incomprehensible for someone who doesn't the game beyond a flat bat, a bowler, and overs.

The author seems to have disdain for the uninformed reader, when it comes to matters of sport. Although not at all for those who may know nothing of his island, which he loves informing the reader about.

Which is a shame, because the book was thus written to date itself quickly. I'd love to see an edition that includes explanatory notes, or just cuts out some of the very technical cricket that has little to do with the overall story. It's almost a collection of unrelated chapters at times, although it certainly has on overall arc.

A Gulag Archipelago of sorts. Much shorter, and less heavy. Although at times, it's hard to tell the difference.
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One Star 15 Oct. 2014
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