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More Than Just a Game: Football v Apartheid Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008
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“A fascinating account of the immense importance of the sport.” The Guardian
“Utterly Compelling.” Independent
“This story adds a compelling dimension to our understanding of the struggle against apartheid.” Desmond Tutu
“The unbreakable spirit of a fraternity of prisoners…reminds us of how wonderful the battered old game can be.” Hugh McIlvanney
“A little-known story well worth rescuing from the mists of history.” The Metro
‘An engaging tale.’The Guardian
'An uplifting and humbling story, that has been painstakingly researched, and lovingly told.' Yorkshire Post
"A little-known story well worth rescuing from the mists of history".
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`More Than Just A Game' is a beautifully written book which charts this incredible story with detail and feeling. Painstakingly researched from boxes of records from the Robben Island archives and interviews with ex-prisoners, and brought to life by empathetic writing, Professor Chuck Korr and co-author Marvin Close have produced a truly captivating written account of the story. The brutality of day to day life, the struggle for the right to play football (and other sports) and the challenge for prisoners from different political parties to work together against the authorities is extraordinary. With the 2010 Football World Cup just around the corner this book is a timely reminder of the role of sport in breaking down barriers as we all look forward to a successful tournament in the Rainbow Nation.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.
Two* things have changed my opinion of late. This excellent book is one of them. As I read, I began to question my own attitudes and my opinion of the game.
'More Than Just A Game' traces the struggle faced by prisoners on Robben Island to achieve the right to exercise in the way they wanted - by playing football. Their courageous fight against the cruelty of discrimination and oppression, led the prisoners to organise games following the strict laws that govern football in the wider world.
The consequences were far-reaching with regard to the breaking down of apartheid.
I began to see the 'beautiful' game in a different light - a game which could bring friendship, co-operation, a sense of achievement, the building of relationships and the growth of self-esteem and above all, HOPE for the future.
I recommend this well-written book and urge others to read it.
* the second thing - just look at the huge effect the recent success of Hull City F.C. has had on the morale of a much maligned, but beautiful city!
I have already passed my UK copy on to my brother-in-law, who is more of a history and sports buff than myself.
When I read it again, I think I will start at the back with the background of how the book and story were put together and the interviews of the key characters. I believe this would have put the story in even better perspective for me.
Since I am not a soccer/football fan, I could have used some explanation of some key terms. I did (do) not know that there is a tackle permitted.
The book began by explaining why prisoners went there and how they were treated, and in most cases, they were treated really badly and life was awful
The book went on to explain how the prisoners worked together to persuade the authorities to allow them to set up football leagues, teams and regular matches. It was an education as well as fascinating.
Having just returned from Cape Town and a visit to Robben Island it gave me a much better insite and I was pleased that I had taken the time to read the book
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