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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Moving, 6 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Grass Arena: An Autobiography (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Feeling compelled to buy and read this book, having heard the author interviewed on Radio 4, the quality of it similarly compelled me to read it in one sitting. It is heartbreaking and uplifting, tender and brutal in equal doses. (If you do not wish for clues as to its ending, do not read beyond this sentence!). Possibly the most powerful thing about it, is its lack of sentimentality, which flies in the face of the emotional requirement of the reader. While by the end of the book things have improved for its protagonist, there is no perky, soft-focus ending. If anything, the ending is quite devastatingly sad.

Perhaps a little more time could have been given to the 'dried-out' John, and I do think a little more explanation of the magnitude of achievement his chess exploits represent would have been worthwhile; this may not be entirely clear to the uninitiated.

Nevertheless, it remains a powerful and shocking book, and a good one to read if you're feeling a little sorry for yourself. After I'd finished reading it, in a city centre library, I walked home, reflecting that people going about their daily lives knew not how lucky they were. I wanted to become an evangelist for this book, recommending it to random passers-by. Of course, I didn't do this, but I'm doing it now.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2011 21:12:35 GMT
You make an excellent review Mr C P Morris - your other reviews on conspiracy theories, and Fifa games lead me to believe you may be the C P Morris I'm seeking.....Can you confirm this?
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