Boris Becker - The Player: The Autobiography Hardcover – 1 Jun 2004
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"'Fascinating reading, mainly because he is that rare thing: a sportsman who opens up, who can articulate his emotions fluently, convey the pain of defeat and the elation of victory with eloquence, humour and resonance'" (GQ)
"'His account of the pressures he endured as a boy-wonder, when Volkswagon was the only German name better-known than his own, is truthful and disturbing'" (Sunday Telegraph)
"'Never far from controversy, Boris Becker reveals all in the most eagerly-awaited tennis autobiography for many a year'" (British Tennis)
"'An extraordinary sports biography'" (Yorkshire Evening Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The no-holds-barred autobiography of a sporting genius. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Honestly i have to say it's one of the most interesting books i've read. To put everything on show, your relationships, your private life and children, your career and everything that matters the most to you is hard to do because regardless of who you are there are going to be things in life that you've done, that you regret or wish hadn't happened the way it did.
People have previously said that the book isn't the easiest to read, that the chapters are broken up and in no particular order. But i think that even though there is a chronological order to things in life, when you're reliving them as you write it doesnt come out like that and i think that this shows when reading.
Admittedly even i have a complaint about the translation..its a little etchy in places but generally it's consistant and of a good quality.
This book has given me a lot more respect for Boris as a person. He's honest and isn't afraid to talk about any of his experiences. I definetly recommend this to people interested in either him or just a good read!
In contrast to John McEnroe's book, there is little sense of the pressures, intensity and loneliness of being at the sport's summit. The writing lacks depth and too much emphasis is placed on media comment rather than on Becker's own thoughts. The coverage of his tennis career is uneven (Stefan Edberg scarcely gets a mention) and there are no illustrative photographs. I did not get a good sense of how events changed and shaped him or how he matured and developed as a player and as a person.
The book is padded out by some dull, uninspiring and predictable anecdotes (courage of Mandela, charisma of Ali etc) and inexplicable digressions into third-rate travel writing (Paris taxi drivers, New York rudeness etc). At times, Becker descends into an ungracious rant against past injustices which becomes tedious.
Ultimately, the book is not thought-provoking and does not provide insights into a rarified world. Either Becker chose not to include it or he lacks the self-awareness or intelligence to learn from experience.
Having read Andre Agassi "Open" I compare all the others, not only in writing style but also in the substance of the book too to this!
Boris's book is slow and somewhat disjointed, I must have lost myself a hundred times when returning to the book once putting it down.
As for the fellow reviews on Amazon about Mr Beckers exploits off the court I must agree, the book does end on a little bit of a silly note (I wont spoil it here) but it left me thinking (Idiot)!
Worth a read if you are a fan as I say but do your self a favour read Andre Agassi (1st) then Pete Sampras (2nd) then this and the others as this really is a let down in a lot or respects!
And rattle it did - the diction, that is. I tried to ignore the clumsy style for the first few pages, focussing instead on the person behind the prose. To no avail. The writing jars, and in so doing distracts from the at times compelling subject matter. I soon concluded that the finger of blame largely points at an exceedingly poor translation effort that borders on abominable. Many German phrases have simply been shoehorned into English, word by word, with no attempt to come up with a more apt equivalent. Grinding sentence construction ('In an atmosphere like that of a bullring, with the spectators cheering me on, I won in four sets...) ensures a bumpy ride to the baseline for all but the most battle-hardened readers.
The story line (if there is such a thing in an autobiography) is anything but linear. While the (abstract) chapter headings conjure up a location or topic, Boris often breaks the flow by skipping ahead to or revisiting other events that may not necessarily bear any relation to the subject in hand. His erratic style can be taxing on the reader's patience, to say the least.
And yet... this reader finished the book. Something amongst the minefield of pedestrian prose and inherent inconsistencies kept me turning pages! Halfway through, and it dawned on me: the book's poor editing and haphazard translation unintentionally enhances its author's beguilingly honest approach to laying bare his life to date.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the greatest and most honest book about tennis stardom. Gives a deep insider knowledge. No self pity there or false modesty. The truth hits you like a B.B. Serve!!!Published 6 months ago by Fred
Boris Becker was always my favourite member of Duran Duran during the 1980s, so i was thrilled when I heard he'd finally decided to finally write his memoirs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by n o i r
I was a Hugh Boris Becker fan in my youth hence my interest. It's not the best auto biography ever but interesting none the less. Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by claire
A very interesting and in depth autobiography from one of the all time great tennis players. Boris Becker tells it how it was and I really enjoyed reading his accounts of what... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by vicky
Anyone looking for a blow by blow account of Boris Beckers life will be disappointed. As the front cover says it is "The Player" and not what I would call a normal biography. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2009 by Ms. Likes quality tv etc
Overall, I found the book enjoyable. I love tennis, I dreamt of being a champion and that's probably what it would have been like so it makes interesting reading. Read morePublished on 21 July 2009 by Olivier Choquet
I found this book interesting as he covers a lot more of his private life and relationships than most books of this type,you do get to find out what the real boris becker is like,... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2006 by theking