Dec 14, 09
Read in December, 2009
This is an intense memoir that teaches lessons learned and perseverance even under losing circumstances. Conroy's early life that helped shape his later novels is all here--his abusive father, his military training and college life, etc... I'm not sure if a non athletic reader would lack the schema necessary for the basketball action parts. But if you have ever fell in love with a sport that helped you escape the troubles of childhood or gave you discipline and focus, this is your book. But even more, I enjoyed the parts about Conroy's writing and literature studies as a student, which were looked down upon as unmanly in the military college he attended. The prologue, last chapter, and epilogue are especially riveting. How refreshing to read about how refusing to quit during a losing season can shape character and still leave cherished meomories for an athlete--especially in this era of cheating with steroids or winning at all costs or leading a less than exemplary life off the field. For me, an aging ex-athlete, this memoir stuck with me and is right up there with my other favorite memoirs such as The Color of Water; although Conroy's book speaks more to my male white life.