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Black Ice: Life and Death of John Curry Hardcover – 30 Mar 1995

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st ed edition (30 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575059079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575059078
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2003
I bought this book when it first came out in 1995, before the court action that saw it removed from the shelves for some time. To this day, I can't understand why that happened, as I think it deals with the family problems sensitively and with genuine understanding.
The first part of the book covers John's childhood, and contrasts his family life with his love of skating. The competitve period of his career is covered in less depth that you might expect, but it does explain how he and Carlo Fassi managed to alter his programmes subtly in the Olympic year to give the judges what they wanted, whilst performing the same aesthetic elements as he had always done.
The rest of the book covers his later career, starting with Theatre of Ice, which I found truly fascinating. It does of course deal with Aids and the media attitude to a gay sports star, which left me feeling very bitter towards the way my own country treated him, and grateful that in America at least he found acceptance.
This book is a must for anyone wanting to know more about a skater who created a whole new dimension to ice skating, whether in competition or in the theatre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By quillerpen on 31 Dec. 2008
I bought this book when it came out, and, unlike the first reviewer, I can well understand why it was withdrawn.
I followed John Curry's career for many years and so much of what Miss Oglanby said I knew to be inaccurate, either from my own memories or from printed records of the events she described. So when she talked about events for which there was no evidence I was not inclined to trust her word either.
It was only partway through the book that I realised she had not included the recollections of anyone else involved on the events she was describing. A biographer who has talked extensively with her subject is off to a good start, but it is only a start. Where were the recollections of Carlo or Christa Fassi (who were both around at the time of writing), John's team mates and fellow members of his company or the choreographers who had worked with him?
I was left with the feeling that Miss Oglanby had written this book without stirring from the confines of her own sitting room and produced something that read like a badly written novel.
There should be a book written about John's life and career. But this is not it.
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Just why this book was withdrawn is a mystery. Although journalistically suspect - Oglanby seems to have a photographic memory for verbatim quotes - it all rings very true. Curry's own brutal analysis of his childhood is followed by an insider's account of the brilliantly fruitful years which climaxed at the Royal Albert Hall and New York Met in 1984. More of a memoir than a biography, it's to be hoped that the Bloomsbury biography of Curry - due out some time in 2014 and called ALONE, I hear - finally delivers the fitting book which this genius of the ice deserves.
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A must read book on the life of legend John Curry. A very hard to find book, as it was pulled due to unfounded legal claims, but worth finding at the right price.
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