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Soccer in Sun and Shadow [Paperback]

Eduardo Galeano , Mark Fried
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4 Jun 2003
Discussing everything from the leveling of the Twin Towers to the death of the sole survivor of that extraordinary match between British and German soldiers in 1915, one of South America’s greatest commentators issues forth on robotic soccer in Japan, the mass-production of the game as a sign of the decline of civilization, the amazing success of Senegal and Turkey, and how Nike beat Adidas.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; 2Rev e. edition (4 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859844235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859844236
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Named one of the "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time" by Sports Illustrated "Between poetic descriptions of scores by famous players, Galeano provides political context and commentary... over all, the book is a winning celebration of the beautiful game." New York Times Book Review "A poetic history [of soccer] that sets the book apart from others...Galeano's Catholic upbringing, socialist politics, and the injustice he's seen as a journalist seeps into his commentary, and gives his narrative a refreshing perspective that captures soccer's spiritual roots, corruption by greed, and role as a global equalizer that puts royals and dictators at the mercy of minorities and slum kids." Publishers Weekly "This updated edition serves as a reminder that this is not just a classic sports book... On virtually every page, Galeano uses a phrase or sentence that will leave readers in awe of his gifts... A welcome update of a classic--Galeano's gift to the game he loves." Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Since its first publication in 1995 (as Football in Sun and Shadow), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, "A pretty move, for the love of God," has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here... Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections." Booklist, (starred review) "It's all here. Everything you should know about soccer, the world's game." -- Los Angeles Times "Stands out like Pele on a field of second-stringers." --New Yorker "[A] beautiful ode to the beautiful game" --Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Eduardo Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. He is the author of the three-volume Memory of Fire; Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; The Book of Embraces; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices in Time. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. He is recipient of many international prizes, including the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Casa de las Americas Prize, and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unlike the effort that is Joe McGinnis' self-obsessed "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro", this book is written by a true poet, and a true fan, not at least. Galeano shows us the highs, the lows, the pain, the joy, the frustration, the elevation and the emotional merry-go-round that is the life of the supporter, seen from the eyes of the working-class South American supporter. Even if I am a European, the sentiments are so easy to recognise - the book itself a joy to read. This one's a football classic.
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Eduardo Galeano has created the ultimate "soccer" book: perfect for both the well versed fan and the reader who knows little about "the beautiful game". The secret is the way that Galeano conveys his deep passion for the sport through short, well crafted stories and reflections.
Along the way, we learn not only about "futbol", but about how the game fits into the tapestry of life throughout the majority of the rest of the world. Simply Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful paean to the game 9 Aug 1998
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Definitely for those who have a love for soccer, this little book is a delightful collection of ruminations and rememberances of the game's life, philosophy and spirituality. The story of the referee whose mother died before the game, or Moacyr Barbosa's life long sentence for being scored against in the 1950 World Cup surpass even poignancy to leave no doubt that they must be true. A book to be savored over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars 29 July 1998
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If you were in France for June and July you will recognize the imperative "eat soccer, sleep soccer, drink Coca-Cola". What was left off was "and read this book !" If it doesn't stir you, call your HMO for a pulse check.
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A treasured collection of one to three or four page essays examining the history and passion of what everyone else calls football.
A tad cynical about the modern game (but you will laugh), a tad nostaglic (but you will sigh warmly).
This book made a three hour layover in London "fly" by.
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