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Blade Runner [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Pistorius
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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"This is a tale that needs to be told, a tale of love, death and massive determination." (Daily Mail)

"An extraordinary story." (Financial Times)

"An inspirational story - he's a walking, sprinting miracle." (The Scotsman)

Book Description

The inspirational story of the first Paralympian to compete at the Olympic Games

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital; Reprint edition (15 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RSAZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the mind of the cyborg? 4 Jan. 2010
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a really good emphasis on Oscar being an athlete, and the attitude expected of him. There too are some surprising bits of information and how he has become the fastest lower limb amputee sprinter in the world.

Naturally, the book includes the cause of the disability up until the trial against the IAAF in 2008. There are also some nice family pictures and some official pictures.

This book is really good to read if you want to gain another perspective of disability sport and how different media act on his (dis)ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will inspire you. 5 Dec. 2014
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This autobiography ends just before OP's historic run the 2012 Paralympics and Olympics. It is very readable, OP's life was a lot harder than he makes out and so the book is mostly upbeat and positive, though it deals with family breakups and his mother's death. It is a deeply inspiring story of a life spent overcoming physical and mental barriers.
From an early age Oscar was amazingly active and adventurous on his very basic prostheses. Sometimes he was housebound for long periods when his stumps were worn away but he glosses over the suffering and does not ever regret the amputation. If I had a child with the same leg problems then this book would help to make the difficult decision to have the lower legs amputated. If I had prostheses, this book would make me feel so positive and ambitious.It is clear he especially enjoyed helping other kids with amputations, and helped parents too. I am an ordinary unfit person, and this book inspired me to be more resilient and gutsy.
Oscar preferred team games at school and it was an accident that set him on the path to athletics. Oscar worked very hard to be such a successful runner with a can-do and don't-moan philosophy.
At the end of the book are a letter from his dad and one from his brother; the latter is very sad and reveals the awful effect their mother's death had on the children and how it changed their relationships with each other.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, some good funny stories too 18 Nov. 2011
By Mairi
Great read, has quite a few funny stories and good photos in it too. This book makes you think about disability differently. Amazing guy, really down to earth too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blade Runner 29 July 2013
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Choosing to begin reading this after the Valentine's tragedy was probably not the best idea, but I'm glad I did. It reveals a dedicated young man with no volatile traits, no violent streaks. Some may say that, because he wrote it, he could have left memories & incidents out. But I don't think so. He talks of loves that have come and gone, his hardships, his ambitions. This book is worth reading, if you're not one who doubts his story of what happened on that fateful night.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hints of trouble to come 3 Mar. 2013
By Noel
I received this book as a Christmas gift and when Oscar hit the news headlines on St Valentine's Day I moved the book forward on my reading list. It is a very interesting read and particularly so in the light of recent events. Oscar is still only 26, the middle child of 3. His parents sought many medical opinions before reaching the decision to have both of his legs, rather than just one, amputated before he reached the age to walk. It is pretty clear from Oscar's story that he was close to his (20 month) older brother Carl; he doted on his mother; and respected his disciplinarian father. His father's view of small children was that only wimps cry and he forced on them the attitude of self-reliance. That in part may account for Oscar's competitiveness and sporting success, though probably explains more than that.

Oscar's parents divorced when he was about 7 years old and this caused a radical change in his life. He lived with his mother though spent time with his father too but his lifestyle was greatly reduced and money was tight in his mother's household. The boys were sent to Boarding School in Pretoria and while they were there their mother dropped a bombshell. she remarried. That was a major negative event for both boys, Carl viewed it as betrayal. It got worse however because very soon after the marriage their much-loved mother died.

There are many comments in this book which make one think. He touches on his long and stormy relationship with Victoria the love of his life which eventually bust up after one row too many. The book finishes with two letters to Oscar for inclusion in the book. The first is from Carl and the second from his father, Henk. There is much to be gleaned from both of them. However one quote from Carl's letter will suffice.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, simply amazing 26 Jun. 2010
This should be read by anyone who is feeling hard done by or down on themselves.

It shows how we really can overcome anything that life throws at us. The guy really is an inspiration!

It's a very readable book that describes his emotions very well especially when he talks about his ban from 'able-bodied' competition. His fight against it shows how we should all react to things put in our path to stop us.

I love his philosophy on competition that it is only ever with yourself and that is the person you are trying to better.

I adore Oscar and definitely think his story should be shared with everyone. This book made me think and it made me admire this amazing guiy even more than I did before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I couldn't put this book down. A great read. Some great achievements this man has made. Just wish it could have been a little longer as I was just getting to know Oscar in his own... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sam
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read. Millie Maxwell
Interesting read, but as you can imagine, only from one perspective - Oscar's.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. M. Maxwell
2.0 out of 5 stars A painful read ...
Blandly written with little of no self-insight, given what has happened in the life of Oscar Pistorius, I found this a painful read in more ways than one.
Published 5 months ago by Starwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
How things have changed since i bought this book. Good read.
Published 6 months ago by M. Mc Grath
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
After following the trial assiduously I gained extra insight into Oscar with this book and from believing he was totally guilty I then revised my opinion as he comes out as someone... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Natasha
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written & powerfully emotional
This is Oscar a loving son & brother . No act just truth. Beautiful man inside and out . Tear jerking
Published 8 months ago by Rafa's babe
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect
One of the best books I've read, I would recommend it to anyone. Especially able bodied people so they can see what a disabled person goes through.
Published 9 months ago by lisa roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
this book is very well written and I laughed and I cried. It is certainly a book that everyone should read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by g c robertson and Liam robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars blade runner
my aunt loved the book. It is so sad that the story is marred by the trial in South Africa of Pistorius girlfriend's murder.
Published 12 months ago by tricky
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Now that hes been charged with the murder of his girlfriend,I see hes been named the gun runner,
with a long history of violence,had the public been aware of his past history... Read more
Published 17 months ago by bookworm.
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