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Bouch: Through my eyes [Kindle Edition]

Mark Boucher , Neil Manthorp
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When Mark Boucher played one of his first games of cricket for South Africa, a senior player took him aside and bluntly told him he was the worst wicketkeeper ever to play in the national side. Over a decade later, when Bouch finally retired with a plethora of records under his belt and to huge acclaim from the public, he took grim satisfaction in relating this piece of history.

Through my Eyes is the story of a man with remarkable sporting prowess. Born into a sports-mad family in East London, he excelled in squash, tennis and rugby before choosing cricket as his preferred sport. His extraordinary achievements on the field are well known – he was voted SA player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2006. What is not so well known, and makes up much of this book, are the behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes. Stories of staring down the barrel of defeat and of celebrating victory; of developing strong bonds with teammates Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and others that go way beyond mere friendship. What emerges is the image of a man who always fought for the underdog, whose never-say-die attitude inspires those around him.

Bouch’s career was brought to a dramatic end on a cricket pitch in England when the bail of a stump punctured his left eye. But, in his own words, ‘I lost sight but gained vision.’ True to his character of gritty determination, Bouch has rededicated his life to a new cause, that of the environment and particularly the critically endangered rhino.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1892 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers (20 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The gloves are off 22 Oct. 2014
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Few sports biographies take a position on countless issues and court controversy. This one does, respectfully and reasoned. Boucher appears fearless, vulnerable, caring and competitive. He demands and delivers honesty and certainly doesn't suffer fools. In earlier days he appeared abrupt to many, yet his loyalty to his tribe is impressive. His sense of humour is evident throughout.

Throughout the book, despite having read many of his peers biographies, I was repeatedly learning of new events and viewpoints, especially from within the dressing room. His descriptions of his interaction with Daryll Cullinan, Corrie Van Zyl, Jacques Kallis and Micky Arthur brought interesting anecdotes. I particularly appreciated his stance on Hansie Cronje and the simplicity of the Jonty Rhodes approach to cricket.

Bouch rarely quotes Graeme Smith or speaks of his girlfriend Carmen. He rather speaks of is ideas, his beliefs and his opinions. He writes of his frustrations, his passions and his perspective on his successes and failures. He outlines the injury to his eye and curiously it's positive effects on many of his relationships. He embraces the learning that the injury has provided him. It is not a book about cricket matches or statistics, although there is plenty of the latter in an addendum.

Mark Boucher made a significant contribution to SA cricket, often behind the scenes, taking responsibility for his contribution to the team. He made this an art form. This is an entertaining read, full of repeatable, interesting or amusing anecdotes. I liked this book and therefore, hope you get to enjoy it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best cricket biography I have ever read! 22 Jan. 2014
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To the point, honest and humble. Cricket lovers everywhere were not previously aware of this man's huge influence on the sport behind the scenes and I rate him highly for this frank commentary.

A must read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars No cigar, not even close 26 Nov. 2013
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Mark Boucher is one of my favorite cricket players, maybe because he hails from the same part as the country I am from, maybe because he "studied' at the same University I attended, or most likely because he is one hell of a good cricketer with a lot of fight in him and a never say die attitude. Neil Manthorp is by far my favorite cricket journalist, I enjoy his reporting, like to listen to his commentary on the radio and value the insights he brings, both to the game and about the personalities playing the game. I waited in anticipation for this book to be published and immediately purchased it. The first chapter made for riveting reading, but alas, the book fizzled out into a great disappointment. The general sense I got from reading the book was that it was written to a deadline. The entire book, apart from the first chapter, is rushed, you can sense it whilst reading it. The impression that I was left with was that the publisher was willing to rely on Mark and Neil's reputations to sell the book rather than producing a quality product, which one wants to keep in one's collection. Mark holds the world record for most dismissals for a wicket keeper, this book does not do him justice. Mark you are a cricket player not a philosopher, Neil you are a bloody good sports journalist, not Bernstein. Both of you should have stuck to what you are good at. Unfortunately this book does not tell the Boucher story we want to hear, very little time spent on Mark's perception on what happened during key moments in test matches, on team dynamics, why certain decisions were made, how he felt about some of the decisions and what he was thinking. Unfortunately this book does not even belong on the same shelf as Adam Gilchrist's biography, the second best wicket keeper, or Ian Healy's the third best wicket keeper. I will still recommend this book to my friends, but only because it is Mark Boucher's authorized biography and a cricket lover needs to own one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bouch: Through my eyes 9 May 2014
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A number of 'typo's' and other errors tends to detract from an otherwise very interesting biography. The book gives a very good insight to the character and significant achievements of a great South African cricketer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average - would be more interesting if he went ... 7 July 2014
By Justin Hodgson - Published on
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Pretty average - would be more interesting if he went into more detail of the behind the scenes happenings, rather than what great human being Jacques Kallis is
Wanted to enjoy this but it was just okay.
4.0 out of 5 stars As a cricket lover I really enjoyed this book 14 Aug. 2014
By Mary - Published on
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As a cricket lover I really enjoyed this book. Mark wrote with sincerity and honesty about all aspects of his life as an international cricketer and a member of the Proteas cricket team.
He comes through as a good team man and has faced the major setback of a severe injury that cut his cricketing career short with great courage.
Despite all this he portrays a modesty about his achievements and gives recognition to all who encouraged him along the way.
I am so glad I decided to read this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 July 2014
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Great insights and a well told story
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