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British Comic Writing at its Best,
This review is from: The Art of Coarse Rugby (Paperback)As captain of my primary school football team, it was with great regret that I ended up at a rugby playing secondary school. However, having purchased a copy of this volume through the school book club (subversive or what) at age 11, I found a kindred spirit in Michael Green and life was bearable in the face of adversity.
If you have ever been forced to play a sport against your will or even with a will, and lack any sort of prowess at it, you will recognise yourself in the many anecdotes of lower team rugby. As Mr Green asserts, `it is easy to win by running faster or tackling harder than the opposition, it takes skill to win by other means!' And thereby hangs the premise of this book, a contention that I have adopted as a life philosophy ever since.
My dog-eared copy of this book has been read and re-read countless times and for one reason - it is one of the funniest books I know on any subject. It works because it mirrors the British psyche where the ill prepared underdog wins out in the face of the over prepared specialist. The amateur's victory over the professional is so prevalent in our culture that it occurs right through literature from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter.
This is the best of British humour. Savour it.