A disturbing piece of masterpiece that details the killings which occurred in an obscure village in 1959. This book redefines perspective in a manner...moreA disturbing piece of masterpiece that details the killings which occurred in an obscure village in 1959. This book redefines perspective in a manner unlike any other which I have read. Capote does an effective job disorienting your moral compass making you sympathize with the perps at one instant and forcing you to feel confused later in the story. He expertly channels all the finer elements of a biography and novel making this much more enjoyable than they usually tend to be.
Although this is a great book it doesn't make me care about the genre of true crime. If not for Capote writing skills all those accumulated facts and background information wouldn't have been able to save the book no matter how much I'm interested in the details behind the crime.(less)
I don't mean to be insensitive but this is not a good book. It was almost as if she couldn't care to make us care for her. It was touching at times, t...moreI don't mean to be insensitive but this is not a good book. It was almost as if she couldn't care to make us care for her. It was touching at times, there was clearly stuff to be learnt from her experiences but she went on and on writing about the same stuff again and again. And the reason why I picked this book in the first place also might be the reason why I didn't like it. I started reading it so as to know about her understanding of grief in a way she talks about depression but she allotted way too little pages to that question. It was one of those books which made me check the page number quite often (not in a good way either). And I kept expecting her to knock me down until the last page but it never happened. Hence, the bad rating. I may return to this in the future and give it a another try but right now I feel disappointed.(less)
If this wasn't as funny as I found it to be, I wouldn't have bothered completing it. Although, Hornby’s writing is bad by no standards this book still...moreIf this wasn't as funny as I found it to be, I wouldn't have bothered completing it. Although, Hornby’s writing is bad by no standards this book still makes it harder to flip pages with its repetitive nature. Also, it doesn’t help that he talks about football before my time and that too about one of the weaker teams of those times. But I found his ideas about obsession interesting and even found some similarities with the way James Frey talks about his obsession with drugs in “A Million Little Pieces”. He probably should’ve let the reader deeper into his personal life to warrant a stronger emotional response but it ultimately ends up as a half-baked attempt to tackle football fever.(less)
For a book which probably has the most annoying cover, this sure is a good book. It was difficult to put down, once I started reading it and luckily I...moreFor a book which probably has the most annoying cover, this sure is a good book. It was difficult to put down, once I started reading it and luckily I managed to finish it in a single sitting. It particularly works well when he doesn't try to be funny and ends up being so. It probably took few liberties with dramatics and doesn't seem believable sometimes, but sure works well within the confines of an autobiography. Overall this is an excellent read and add to it a beautiful love story between Agassi and Steffi, it sure earns position among the list of must read sports bios.
P.S. I think it also helped that I am a big Sampras fan.(less)
Well, I may not be a big Steve Jobs fan but I'm glad I read this wonderful book. It was probably a bit too long but I guess there are many people out...moreWell, I may not be a big Steve Jobs fan but I'm glad I read this wonderful book. It was probably a bit too long but I guess there are many people out there who appreciate the descriptive insight into jobs life and wanted no less. As for me, I ended up appreciating what Jobs has done for Apple rubbishing all my previous doubts. Also, Isaacson did a great job of exposing Jobs flaws without actually diminishing him. And wow! what a life it is. No wonder, apple managed to leapfrog years of development, ending up outracing everyone else. After reading this book, you needn't like Jobs but you will certainly gape in awe for sure. At times, it might even seem cinematic but it is also truth, I think.(less)
As an ardent Rahul Dravid fan and cricinfo follower, reading this book was no real brainer. And it was good to see the awesome Sambit Bal spearhead th...moreAs an ardent Rahul Dravid fan and cricinfo follower, reading this book was no real brainer. And it was good to see the awesome Sambit Bal spearhead the effort of bringing this book together. It is a fine book, a good looking one as well and the nice photos (almost) capture the iconic moments in his career.
Before reading the book, one would expect it to set itself apart from the countless stories published in newspapers on the eve of his retirement. But more than half of the book concentrated on saying stuff everyone already have heard or read or seen. And their approach wouldn't even work with someone with less familiarity either because they kept saying stuff like 'Dravid is disciplined' or 'Dravid is hard-working' in the first section without actually delving into the particulars. Rahul Bhattacharya was one exception though. And I don't understand why that buffoon of a Sanjay Manjrekar was allowed to write a piece in this book when he has relentlessly directed absurd criticism at Dravid throughout his final few years.
But the book picked itself in the second section with bunch of anecdotes by his contemporaries and I particularly enjoyed the one by Greg Chappell. It is indeed brave of anyone to formulate an approach in the middle of the match and go ahead and execute it. It would have been nice to have something written by someone from his earlier days. The piece by Karnataka cricketer is brief and abrupt and the one by a random guy going gaga over an handshake is ridiculous and funny as hell. The interviews and Bradman oratory speech were great especially the interview conducted during his retirement. My opinion of the book might not be objective as I read few of the articles earlier on Cricinfo before buying this book and my appetite was left short.
This might not be a great anthology but it multiplies your respect for the great cricketer tenfold. Go read it for the person who fought the tough fight for the team we all loved.(less)