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Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game
by Jay Atkinson
If all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting. In Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man, bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his thirty-five year odyssey in the sport-from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all sta ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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This book rekindled fond memories of my rugby playing days in the 70's & 80's. The book is a bit self-absorbed but it is a memoir after all. Not sure if the camaraderie and beauty of the sport is conveyed to people not familiar with rugby.
Atkinson obviously took detailed notes while embarking on his rugby adventures, and it brings his yarns to bright and vivid life. No one captures the elegant violence of rugby, and the band-of-brothers ethos on and off the field, better than Atkinson. He's also a protege of Harry Crews, and that makes for some fun tales.
This is a very interesting book, if, a huge if, you are really interested in rugby. Too much description of matches, too many locations shsifts, nothing to really grab on to about the author or his real life off the pitch. I played for 6 or so years and I enjoy rugby a great deal but this is a little over the top.
Aug 27, 2012 Spook Harrison rated it it was ok · review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one, really
Recommended to Spook by: New Book Shelf
Overall, eh. The writing was good, solid, and his love for the sport and most aspects of the lifestyle really comes across well. Just not a book I'll need to read again, and that could've ended a few pages earlier, you know?