on 26 August 2009
I have enjoyed several of Mr Haigh's books in the past. "Game For Anything", "Mystery Spinner" and "Downed Under" being three which I would select for special praise. He is clearly an erudite chap with a deep knowledge of the game and a very elegant writing style. This one, however, was not as absorbing. The easy, slightly throwaway super intelligent stream of conciousness style which is characteristic of his other work, was still there. Perhaps that was part of the problem. His breadth of reference, historical, cultural, political ( and any other word ending in ..cal ) is so wide that perhaps you need to be an intellectual peer of Mr Haigh's to get the full benefit from his prose. ( otherwise you will find that you need to keep looking things up to feel that you are engaging adequately with the text). As a mere mortal I felt disenfranchised from this enterprise and lacked the time and inclinations for the necessary thorough research. Unless you graduated Summa Cum Laude the same factors may impair your enjoyment too. I'm waiting for the publication of "Inside Out for Dummies", but I much admire Mr Haigh's panache.