A few years before this book was published I was going to write an essay about Garrincha. Because before this book there was literally nothing out there on him. Scant information on the internet- and I ended up giving up. After reading this book and having to pick my jaw up several times I am glad that I did not participate in what would have been a fruitless project. This book is simply astonishing. It deals with all aspects of Garrincha's life. By the end you almost feel like you once knew the little bird.
He had wonderful moments in his life, but the truth is that most of it, even when he was successful was a living nightmare. Though that nghtmare always seems to have been brought on by himself. It was a different generation and Garrincha took everything to the max. A shame and a great loss. It's horrible to think of the gap he had with Pele outside of football. Not Pele's fault, but it does reflect life in general.
A great read but don't expect to feel uplifted by the end.