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It IS the best ever,
By A Customer
This review is from: Beyond a Boundary (Paperback)
Known as a classic title by anyone with even a passing interest in cricket, I wasn't sure 'Beyond a Boundary' could live up to the hype. Certainly, reading it does require effort; this is no instant feel-good cosy reminiscence. But it is pure joy. Ostensibly a memoir about cricket and criecketers, it mixes personal anecdote, literary allusion and political maxim with the technical detail of techniques and scores, and makes you understand and enjoy all these far more than you imagined possible. He deftly explores inter-island rivalry in the Caribbean, and the tensions between clubs on the same island who would only take players of a certain class and race. He challenges with his love of reading, which was clearly a life-long passion. And he inspires with his big vision of a world which can be improved, and a game which (as all cricket fans know) is more than a game and plays its part in the problems and the solutions. Cricket is made to seem at once gloriously important and appropriately small. If you enjoyed 'Fever Pitch', this is the original - harder work, but grander. A beautiful, amazing book.