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The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong

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LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK AWARD 2013

To spin or not to spin? – that is the metaphysical question.

When a mortifying defeat to his teenage son rekindles his lifelong passion for table tennis, keen philosopher Guido Mina di Sospiro sets out to learn the game properly.

Guido’s love for spinning a feather-weight ball takes him from his local ping-pong club, popu
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Yellow Jersey
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Sean Goh
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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Sport as a metaphor for life. Glad for that one session of TT in the SRC before exams which allowed me to appreciate the sport references. Also didn't realise TT was popular all over the world. Which would make sense on further thought, since it IS an Olympic sport.

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Table-tennis is, first and foremost, a game about spin.

The more power is available, the more control it takes to master them. In TT, as in anything, control is essential.

I've since begun to suspect that sport becomes useful and
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Lance
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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It has often been stated that sport is a reflection of life. While that seems to be a well-worn cliché, but this book by Guido Mina di Sospiro proves that sometimes clichés are correct. In his case, the sport of ping-pong, or table tennis, was an accurate reflection of his life.

His writing about the sport waxes poetic and philosophical, pop culture and religion. Drawing inspiration and information from sources as varied as Plato, Taoism, Sheryl Crow and Carl Jung, Mina di Sospiro takes t
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JM
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"It was finally clear to me that in China and in the rest of Eastern Asia both calligraphers and table-tennis players are on the same quest for pure form."
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Guido Mina de Sospiro is an award-winning, internationally published novelist born in Argentina, raised in Italy, and educated in the United States. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he lives in the Washington, DC, area with his wife and their three sons.