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Beyond a Boundary (C.L.R. James Archives) [Paperback]

Paget Henry , C L R James , Robert Lipsyte


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17 Jun 2013 C.L.R. James Archives
This new edition of C. L. R. James's classic "Beyond a Boundary" celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest books on sport and culture ever written.Named one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All Time by "Sports Illustrated"""Beyond a Boundary" . . . should find its place on the team with Izaak Walton, Ivan Turgenev, A. J. Liebling, and Ernest Hemingway."--Derek Walcott, "The New York Times Book Review""As a player, James the writer was able to see in cricket a metaphor for art and politics, the collective experience providing a focus for group effort and individual performance. . . . [In] his scintillating memoir of his life in cricket, "Beyond a Boundary" (1963), James devoted some of his finest pages to this theme."--Edward Said, "The Washington Post""A work of double reverence--for the resilient, elegant ritualism of cricket and for the black people of the world."--Whitney Balliett, "The New Yorker"""Beyond a Boundary" is""a book of remarkable richness and force, which vastly expands our understanding of sports as an element of popular culture in the Western and colonial world."--Mark Naison, "The Nation""Everything James has done has had the mark of originality, of his own flexible, sensitive, and deeply cultured intelligence. He conveys not a rigid doctrine but a delight and curiosity in all the manifestations of life, and the clue to everything lies in his proper appreciation of the game of cricket."--E. P. Thompson, author of "The Making of the English Working Class"""Beyond a Boundary" is . . . first and foremost an autobiography of a living legend--probably the greatest social theorist of our times."--Manning Marable, "Journal of Sport & Social Issues""The great triumph of "Beyond a Boundary" is its ability to rise above genre and in its very form explore the complex nature of colonial West Indian society."--Caryl Phillips, "The New Republic"

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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: 739,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everything James has done has had the mark of originality, of his own flexible, sensitive, and deeply cultured intelligence. He conveys not a rigid doctrine but a delight and curiosity in all the manifestations of life, and the clue to everything lies in his proper appreciation of the game of cricket."--E. P. Thompson, author of"The Making of the English Working Class"

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars History, sociology and cricket as the glue -- great! 13 Oct 2013
By Ray Cornbill - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
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