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Salsa for People Who Probably Shouldn't

Salsa for People Who Probably Shouldn't [Kindle Edition]

Matt Rendell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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"A timely reminder of the simple heart of salsa" (Metro)

"A rare work" (Columbian Embassy)

"Should you read Salsa for People Who Probably Shouldn't? If you're remotely interested in salsa, yes, you probably should" (The Scotsman)

"Full of meticulous research" (Time Out)

Book Description

An entertaining memoir about salsa and the British, by a tall, white, clumsy Englishman who learned the dance with his Colombian wife

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (29 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OYFZ0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful and thought-provoking book 30 Oct 2011
This is a lovely book, and the author's passion for Salsa shines from every page. It is, in effect, an extended love letter to dance, to music, to Colombia and to his wife. Fans of Rendell's other books (I confess to being one) will appreciate the depth of his research, the breadth of his knowledge and the elegance of his writing. This book is funny as well, especially the descriptions of his early attempts at Salsa dancing. It's a good read, and raises interesting questions about the way we try to appropriate the superficial things we like about other cultures (music, dance, food etc.) without always appreciating their deeper cultural meanings. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's a very rigorous book this. You often feel rigored when you put it down at the end of the evening, so pace yourself. There's no doubting that Matt Rendle enjoys his Salsa and that to his mind it follows to therefore find out all he can about it. The dance has played an important part in his life and he wants to discover what part it plays in other people's lives too. His examination of how the 'formalisation' of the dance for competition purposes has in many ways sucked all the joy out of it will be music to the ears of those of us who believe that to take something too seriously, is often to miss the point of doing it in the first place.
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By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an unusual book, which combines the author's personal links with Salsa, Colombia and his, and his Colombian wife's, family. It is also a history of salsa; its birth as a distinctive dance form, its spread from Colombia and Cuba to Europe and the United States, and the way in which it has mutated through its adoption by millions who are not connected to its roots and cultural values.

I particularly enjoyed the personal elements of the book and the parts which are more of a travelogue than a history. The history, though interesting, was a little too detailed for me, and i was glad when the author moved back into describing his visits to Cartagena, Cali and Medellin, and his own experiences of Salsa around the world.

Enjoyable, particularly if you enjoy salsa music or have any connection with Colombia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ned Boulting 4 Sep 2011
Matt Rendell's book in a rich satisfaction of his publisher's contractural commitment.Quite where hand to hand combat with a Eurosport commentator features in the dance of salsa escapes me.This man needs a bigger 'water' bottle at the next Tour of Turkey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you probably should 30 Oct 2011
only a few years ago, the local newspaper at which i have cause to ply my trade, won the highlands and islands community newspaper of the year award. this news gave birth to a blogpost from someone not long on this island, but who felt the need to make comment. he, as a friend of the newspaper's editor, made the point that the publication had been raised from a mere community newsletter to a standard that had led to the award. now i don't contest that the editor had made considerable improvements both in illustration and written content, but those of us who have worked at the paper under several other previous editors felt that the gentleman's comments were somewhat errant.
technology has marched on at a fierce pace since the newspaper emerged in the early 1970s, and it is a matter of fact that the previous editorial incumbents had made use of that which was available at the time. i therefore e-mailed the blogposter on behalf of the longer term members of staff pointing out that we all thought him rather terse and unfair in his comments, and would he consider our pleas to issue a retraction, or alteration to his initial published remarks. arrogance always finds its own level, and indeed did so in his considered reply. "it's my f**kin' blog, and i'll write what i f**kin like" was the basis of the reply i received.
the man was, of course, correct, though could perhaps have found a more diplomatic way of stating it. in the case of the following book review, i am happy to adopt a similar stance, though i will refrain from issuing the same expletives.
salsa for people who probably shouldn't has nothing whatsoever to do with cycling, though its author does contrive to mention bicycles on page one. old habits die hard.
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