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Book Title: Beyond a Boundary: 50th Anniversary Edition (The C. L. R. James Archives)|
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The size of the: 5.26 MB
v The author of the book: C.L.R. James
Edition: Duke University Press Books
Date of issue: July 31st 2013
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Read full description of the books Beyond a Boundary: 50th Anniversary Edition (The C. L. R. James Archives):What can one learn from this book, when one knows nothing of cricket? In my case, a hell of a lot. James presumes that the reader knows a lot about cricket; various legends such as Bradman, Grace, Worrell, Headley, et al. are referred to by surname only. But such lacunae can be filled swiftly by means of Wikipedia.
What really matters here are the larger claims James makes regarding the cultural significance of Trinidad's most popular sport. Every few pages, I'd stumble upon a paragraph that made the case for studying sports/"pop culture" far better than anything I'd ever seen before. The technical discussions of cricket would drag a bit, but even those were noteworthy, given James' background as a cricketer of above average skill--there simply weren't any books on sports in the early 60s, not even Liebling's stylish essays on boxing, in which it is clear the author understands the practice of the sport as well as James understands cricket.
And then you get to this passage, the highlight of the book and a sentiment that I share:
"All art, science, philosophy, are modes of apprehending the world, history, and society. as one of these, cricket in the West Indies could hold its own. A professor of political science publicly bewailed that a man of my known political interests should believe that cricket had ethical and social values. I had no wish to answer. I was just sorry for the guy."
Also, read this: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisf...
Of the nonfiction books I've reviewed on here since 2009, this is the best. Ten or fifteen paragraphs can't do it justice. A masterpiece in every sense. The US has yet to produce a book on sports of this caliber, though I'm sure all of you have high hopes for my pro wrestling monograph.
Read information about the authorC. L. R. James (1901–1989), a Trinidadian historian, political activist, and writer, is the author of The Black Jacobins, an influential study of the Haitian Revolution and the classic book on sport and culture, Beyond a Boundary. His play Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History was recently discovered in the archives and published Duke University Press.
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