The Life of Senna: The Biography of Ayrton Senna Hardcover – 1 May 2004
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So, why only 4 stars if it's so good? Like other reviewers, the repetition of some facts/stories got tiresome after a while. The over-dramatisation and elaboration in certain events weren't needed - Senna's story has enough true drama in it to fill the book (and then some!) no problem. The love story with Adriane however was completely OTT in slushiness (I felt nauseated at points) and some facts were at odds with what she had written in her own book about her time with Ayrton (not sure whether this was down to Adriane or the author!). The portrayal of his family trying to split them up was not truly presented and one point I will make in his familiy's defence since I felt this portrays them as controlling and meddling - Ayrton had fallen out with Adriane for 4/6 weeks or so prior to deciding to give it another go with her in Portugal because she had a) had glamour photo's taken which offended him, & b) she had allegedly been calling her ex from his house and apartment when he was gone (some an hour or so long). He did love her but this upset him (and his family) greatly. Thus his silence from her in the run up to Imola and why he never even called her on her birthday (it's in her own book, though she omits to elaborate fully!).Read more ›
Firstly, there is little in the book that we did not already know about Senna and seems to collate a huge number of quotes already in the public domain from other books and press articles. Also, as other reviewers have commented, it is very repetitive and contradictory, with the same quotes surfacing on more than one occasion, which undermines enjoyment of the reading. To say the least, it seems as though the book has had little or no pre-publication proof reading.
Evidence of this is also to be found in the number of basic errors, which for a writer of Rubython's repute, must be embarrassing - for example, unless I was following a different formula, there were no Wiliams-Hondas in 1991 and Senna did not win at Monaco in 1983....a good eight months before he actually raced an F1 car, let alone started winning with one.
Secondly, for me at least, the most damning part of this book was the dismissive and contemptous attitude towards Alain Prost (in which the writer seems to dislike Prost more than Senna did). In this regard, I beleive the writer has completely missed the point. Firstly, no one would seriously beleive that Prost in terms of sheer skill (if not outright speed) was anything other than well-matched to Senna? One of the reasons they fell out was because they threatened each other's supremacy. To suggest that Senna's biggest rival was Nigel Mansell is ridiculous.Read more ›
On the positive side, some of the stories are interesting if not particularly new and the human side of Senna comes through. There are some nice Keith Sutton photos though, again, probably nothing that we haven't seen before. I'm left with the impression that the author tried hard but wasn't quite up to the task, was hurried, and was let down by his publisher.
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For someone that follows Formula 1 without being obsessed by the subject, this was an excellent insight into the life of a great man. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2006 by Mr. P. Mills
I agree with "A Reader". Without jumping on the emotional bandwagon, Ayrton Senna was my hero. This book does regurgitate previous interviews where people have been interviewed... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2006
Lithuania is right observing that the chapters seem to be written by different people. That is true in fact. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2006 by G. Van Der Vooren
When I read the last review...from Lithuania!!!! I had to go out and buy the book to see for myself how bad it was. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2005
That anyone should spend money on this as a present or otherwise is a tragedy! It reads as if every chapter was written by someone else, is full or factual howlers and shows scant... Read morePublished on 12 May 2005
This is a cynical, bloated, amateurish piece of hackwork seemingly published to tie in with the tenth anniversary of Senna's death. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2005 by Peter Fenelon
Yes, this is a good book but it needed an editor, and someone who could write rather better: it is remarkably repetitive and some repetitions even contradict earlier versions of... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2004 by R A Hume