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An unusal insight into a sporting life.,
This review is from: Come What May: The Autobiography (Paperback)
Most sporting biographies offer either a very detailed sporting view of a small period of time, or a vague detached overview of a sporting life. This is understandable as these people give so much of themselves in their sporting lives that to offer up more in book form seems often to ask too much. There are indiviuals with personal lives, behind the sportspeople after all: and what right do we as fans have to view into that life?
Donal Og dispenses with what is normal in this exceptional book. Here we get everything- the motivations, culture, personal life and emotions that result in a player at the top of his game.
Written in a stream of consiousness style (which is undoubedtly down to the excellent stewardship of Tom Humphries)the book covers the strikes, relationships with players, friends and foe, the relentless desire for success, but most importantly it describes beautifully what it means to be a Cork hurler. I'm not from Cork but this book captures and essence of Irishness and culture thats summed up on sunny late summer Sundays that prevades our whole nation.
It's not just a book for Cork people or hurling people. There are big themes here, particuarly death, community and sexuality, all handled brilliantly. This is book about honesty, what it takes to stand for your beliefs, whether right or wrong (and he is sometimes wrong in my view).
If anyone wants a genuine insight into a sporting life, look no further.