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Very average and pedestrian.,
This review is from: Red: My Autobiography (Hardcover)
I am a lifelong Man Utd fan - so this book was an absolute must for me.
It ticks all the boxes that an English international footballer's autobiography should tick - how they got into the first team, their recollection of important matches, behind the scenes gossip, the great players they played with and how disappointing their England career was.
However, this is where the positives end. For saying Gary played for 20 years for one of the biggest clubs in the world there is hardly any backbone or depth to the book. Very, very few funny stories appear in the 300 pages, absolutely nothing about his life off the field and hardly anything that could be described as "noteworthy". Gary has also gone to great pains to make sure that nothing controversial makes it into the book - a lot of the book just says how great Beckham, Giggs, Cantona etc was, which is hardly news to football fans.
When I compare this to other autobiographies such as Vinne Jones' (Vinnie: The Autobiography), Gazza's (Gazza: My Story) and Le Tissier's (Taking le Tiss) this is not in the same league.
Man Utd fans may enjoy to some extent (although I would recommend Glory Glory!), fans of other teams will hardly raise an eyebrow when reading this book. Disappointing.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2012 21:52:30 BDT
Mr. Philip Eidman says:
I agree totally, a very disappointing read.
Posted on 6 Oct 2013 15:58:03 BDT
This review echoes my own sentiments exactly. It was a must for me having started supporting the team when Neville first broke into the first team. Yes the book was relatively interesting, but for me it lacked something. I got through it in less then a day, which was disappointing.
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