- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large type edition edition (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444801007
- ISBN-13: 978-1444801002
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.4 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,758,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blade Runner (Ulverscroft Nonfiction) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2010
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Naturally, the book includes the cause of the disability up until the trial against the IAAF in 2008. There are also some nice family pictures and some official pictures.
This book is really good to read if you want to gain another perspective of disability sport and how different media act on his (dis)ability.
It shows how we really can overcome anything that life throws at us. The guy really is an inspiration!
It's a very readable book that describes his emotions very well especially when he talks about his ban from 'able-bodied' competition. His fight against it shows how we should all react to things put in our path to stop us.
I love his philosophy on competition that it is only ever with yourself and that is the person you are trying to better.
I adore Oscar and definitely think his story should be shared with everyone. This book made me think and it made me admire this amazing guiy even more than I did before.
Hopefully there will be a follow-up book covering his post-2008 years (I know this latest edition has been updated with Chapter 12 covering the last couple of years but it's too brief. Still, I am glad he explained his tattoos as I did wonder what they said). It would definitely be worth reading about his London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic (which I was lucky enough to go to) experiences!
Oscar's parents divorced when he was about 7 years old and this caused a radical change in his life. He lived with his mother though spent time with his father too but his lifestyle was greatly reduced and money was tight in his mother's household. The boys were sent to Boarding School in Pretoria and while they were there their mother dropped a bombshell. she remarried. That was a major negative event for both boys, Carl viewed it as betrayal. It got worse however because very soon after the marriage their much-loved mother died.
There are many comments in this book which make one think. He touches on his long and stormy relationship with Victoria the love of his life which eventually bust up after one row too many. The book finishes with two letters to Oscar for inclusion in the book. The first is from Carl and the second from his father, Henk. There is much to be gleaned from both of them. However one quote from Carl's letter will suffice.Read more ›
From an early age Oscar was amazingly active and adventurous on his very basic prostheses. Sometimes he was housebound for long periods when his stumps were worn away but he glosses over the suffering and does not ever regret the amputation. If I had a child with the same leg problems then this book would help to make the difficult decision to have the lower legs amputated. If I had prostheses, this book would make me feel so positive and ambitious.It is clear he especially enjoyed helping other kids with amputations, and helped parents too. I am an ordinary unfit person, and this book inspired me to be more resilient and gutsy.
Oscar preferred team games at school and it was an accident that set him on the path to athletics. Oscar worked very hard to be such a successful runner with a can-do and don't-moan philosophy.
At the end of the book are a letter from his dad and one from his brother; the latter is very sad and reveals the awful effect their mother's death had on the children and how it changed their relationships with each other.
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Given all that’s been going on, it is sometimes easy to forget that there is a man who overcame great hurdles in pursuit of his dreams. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Theresa
I couldn't put this book down. A great read. Some great achievements this man has made. Just wish it could have been a little longer as I was just getting to know Oscar in his own... Read morePublished 23 months ago by sam
Interesting read, but as you can imagine, only from one perspective - Oscar's.Published on 24 Oct. 2014 by Mrs. M. Maxwell
Blandly written with little of no self-insight, given what has happened in the life of Oscar Pistorius, I found this a painful read in more ways than one.Published on 21 Aug. 2014 by Starwalker
How things have changed since i bought this book. Good read.Published on 24 July 2014 by AnGobanSaor