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Intriguing but ultimately disappointing.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Manchester United Ruined My Life (Paperback)
Shindler writes with a passion for his subject and a long knowledge of it but this is spoilt by a clumsy and leaden style ... his most irritating trait in this book is to tantalise us with hints of interesting tales but without delivering the goods. Thus we learn that in the late 1960s, the sublime Colin Bell had all the ingredients of a happy life - E-type Jag, great talent, succesful career, big house - but was miserable. Why ? Colin forgets to ask. Twenty years later he catches up with Bell again - and we still learn nothing about the man ! Similarly, we never learn why the great rapport that Shindler shared with his sports-mad uncle turned to disaffection. What went wrong ? This book has some funny anecdotes (though the Bobby Kennedy story on page one is the best) and some moving passages such as the tragic loss of his mother when still a young boy, but ultimately it fails to deliver on its early promise. A lot like Man City, really... Not a bad book but not even nearly in the same division as Nick Hornby's 'Fever Pitch' and as a fellow Blues supporter who really wanted to enjoy this book, it is hard to have to say that.