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Breaking Back by James Blake
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Dec 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: sports, non-fiction, autobiography-memoir
Read in January, 2009

Count me among the few who did not know James Blake's backstory. After being a tennis fanatic from the mid-'90s through the early part of this decade, my fandom faded, even though I attended some US Open matches in 2004 and 2006.

This was a very breezy, compelling story and it only took me a few hours to get through. Blake's story is surely inspiring, a story about perseverance and staying positive. The buildup to and including his father's death were very difficult to read because of how close I am with my own father.

The one knock I have on the book is that Blake's positive philosophizing tends to get repetitive and old.

Otherwise, great book.
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