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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke Paperback – 3 May 2012
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"One of the most remarkable sports books ever written… A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke… stands as the definite work on mental illness in football" (Sam Wallace Daily Telegraph)
"Incredible… It’s a stunning, fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking piece of work that has done so much to further the understanding between mental illness and sport. It is also a reminder that, for all the status and all the luxury which come with being a professional footballer, those lucky enough to make a career from the game are still human beings, too" (Tom Hopkinson People)
"An intensely moving book that transcends football" (Raphael Honigstein, Guardian)
"A tragic book, but a brilliant one. Reng's is one of the best sports books to have been published in years" (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)
"This is a powerful book which transcends football." (Sport Magazine)
About the Author
Ronald Reng is the highly-acclaimed author of The Keeper of Dreams: One Man's Controversial Story of Life in the English Premiership (Yellow Jersey Press), which won Biography of the Year at the 2004 British Sports Book Awards
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I found myself almost hoping it wasn’t going to have the terrible ending that it had even though I knew full well what happened to Robert Enke.
It’s a fascinating story and I hope that people who read this book will come away from it with a greater understanding of depression. People often say things like ‘how can a football or celebrity be depressed? They’ve got everything’. Money and possessions aren’t everything. Depression is an illness and I hope that this book educates people on depression as an illness and an almighty battle for the person suffering with it and for the loved ones of that poor soul.
The author, a journalist and friend of Robert Enke, looks deeply, but never intrusively, into Enke's history to reveal the all too human side that may otherwise be missed when a celebrity takes his or her own life. I certainly never thought much about professional footballers having anything other than a bit of a gilded career, but I doubt I'll look at them the same way after reading this. It never crossed my mind that a professional footballer, or any other sportsman for that matter, would look forward to a game with anything other than sheer relish for the performance to come - I'd heard the occasional tale of footballers throwing up with nerves before a big game, but never really believed them. I believe them now. This book takes you into the nerves, the anxiety, the doubt and the self-loathing that can come from the pressure of trying to play at the top level of sport. Despite this, the book isn't depressing or downbeat in itself. On the contrary, the simple and almost sparse prose probes into the life of Robert Enke with a sensitivity and near objectivity that doesn't ask for your sympathy but elicits it nonetheless. Robert and his family come alive through the pages, but never larger than life despite their situation. A hero to many, Robert Enke here becomes writ large only in the depiction of his struggle with depression.
The book carries you toward the end with a rising sense of foreboding as Robert is trapped behind a fog of hopelessness that nobody can reach him through. The author manages to convey just how difficult it is, and how frustrating and terrifying it can be, for those who'd love to give help and support, but become frozen out as the illness takes a grip. Sad, moving and sometimes quite frightening, this is not an easy read but is a very worthwhile one.
I don't know anything about Ronald Reng but he clearly has a deep understanding of the depressive illness and how it can make people feel - not just the person with the depression (both physically and mentally) but the people around them, from loved ones to work colleagues and casual acquaintances. His fluid style means the book unfurls like a work of fiction, although we are of course, never left in any doubt that it is an all too true and tragic story.
Whether you like football or not. Whether you have heard of Robert Enke or not. Whether you can bring yourself to care about Robert Enke or not - please, please read this book.
I often feel myself bristle inside when I hear people talk about feeling so depressed, when they simply mean they feel a bit low or are having a bad day. It's not a problem, I tell myself, it's just a word. But that's the trouble, it is just a word, a word that people associate with that state of feeling a bit low. Bad days. We all have them. Monday morning blues. So the word has become diluted and this means that when someone is genuinely knocked out by clinical depression, people do question the illness - what's wrong with them? They'll get over it. Stop being so bloody selfish. Look on the bright side. As one reviewer has already said, he wanted to give Robert Enke a shake and tell him to snap out of it, there are people far worse off.
I felt Reng has done an excellent job of describing Robert Enke's depression as a medically recognised illness. Sufferers know that there are millions of people in the world far worse off than them, they realise that they have a comfy life compared to say front-line soldiers or African mothers walking miles for dirty water, so why do they feel this bad? Why can everyone else cope with life and they can't? And you sink lower and lower. Hate yourself more and more. Reng brilliantly lays out these thought cycles.
As I've said depression effects everybody differently. Mental illness effects as many people as cancer and yet it is still a taboo. A sign of weakness for all too many people. There is no universal cure, what works for one person will not even touch the sides of somebody else's problems. Robert Enke died believing that for him there was no cure. Anybody who thinks that a depressive will ever respond to a good shake should be made to read this book from cover to cover, that way Ronald Reng's gifted friend will not have died in vein.
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