The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013
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"Like nothing I’ve ever read and all the more wonderful because of it, this is a non-fiction masterpiece which deserves a position on the sports writing podium" (Ben Keenan Press Association Syndication)
"Fast-footed, inspiring book about winning the inner game of life in sport" (Iain Finlayson The Times)
"Erudite, experimental and engaging, Mina di Sospiro has given us a work that breaks new ground in sports writing. Whether or not you ever pick up a paddle, The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong provides an initiation into a visionary life, igniting the fires of inspiration through an intriguing intimacy with the mysteries of daily life that is available nowhere else" (David Metcalfe Daily Grail)
"An enthralling guide to the mystery, mastery and practice of ping-pong" (Eric Idle)
"Excellent" (Publishers Weekly)
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK AWARD 2013
Ping-pong: not just a sport for teenagers, ferociously talented Chinese players and East London hipsters – it seems that spinning plastic ball can teach us a great deal about life and the world we live in...
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In short, a highly entertaining account of the author's initiation into and development of the sport, full of wit, wisdom and anecdotage. Mina di Sospiro's story brings to life a number of disparate, unlikely characters: novices, mid-level players and masters of table tennis from widely divergent fields and far-flung nationalities. He must have been well acquainted with them all, since they are too life-like and unusual to have been dreamed up.
The reader's reward is acquaintance with a fertile imagination and wide-ranging, well-told grains of truth, all brought out with insight and enlightenment against the background of a universal sport. As goes ping-pong, the reader is kept ever on his toes; no need to wade through punishing reams of abstruse philosophy to follow the flying, feather-light ball into the realm of reality and, yes, fancy.
His playing experiences seemed to parallel mine, as we discovered the wonders of spin, speed and control, while learning, unlearning, and re-learning how to play. In full disclosure, I am one of the players he identified, blind in my formerly dominant right eye, with double vision and blind spots in the left, making my playing journey over the past almost 15 years another very challenging re-learning process. There is a cleansing of the mind when playing, and cleanly concentrating on the singularity of the spinning ball, reacting without really thinking. Almost thinking of nothing... Perhaps it benefits us much like the benefits of REM sleep. Many years ago, as a track sprinter, I used to feel a similar "thinking of nothing" sensation when I ran my best races, but it is much more prolonged when playing TT.
I hope the readers will simply go out and try to experience what we're trying to describe, what the author, my friend, has done so well. I would have enjoyed this book just as much had he been a stranger,and had I not been mentioned. There is a brotherhood and a uniting of nations among those of us tournament and club players... we speak the same language, that of the spinning and bouncing ball.
I got a lot out of reading this book, and I think it will help me on my mental journey as I continue to try to overcome the visual handicaps, and follow the instructions I wrote on one of my t-shirts: "Shut up and Play".
Middle agers with body problems; Guido gets that right: knees and lower back, elbows, wrists. Yet we persist. As Guido notes, we simply love to play. Young or old it's loads of fun! I can attest to many of the characters in the book - our club is a mini United Nations with players from all over the world.
Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics, the I Ching, non-Euclidian Geometry in a ping pong book?!!! Yes, and fascinating.
A fun and interesting read; I highly recommend it.
Not just a book about the game but a journey through life also.
Many thanks Guido - a Great Read!!