- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: Yellow Jersey Press (1. Mai 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0224083074
- ISBN-13: 978-0224083072
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 3,3 x 19,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 436.706 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Football - Bloody Hell!: The Story of Alex Ferguson (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2012
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I enjoy Paddy Barclay - he's a fantastic journalist and enjoyable to listen to on 'the game' podcast. Maybe that's why this biography disappointed me. The writing is fine, and I should admit that I continually picked the book up and read it quickly to completion. There's certainly something to be said for that. But I'm a target audience being a United supporter and admirer of Sir Alex.
Paddy seemed handcuffed writing this book.
He failed to provide any real insight into Sir Alex aside from what is common knowledge. The author made sure the reader knew that Barclay had personal interactions with Ferguson, but seemed take no position outside of the accepted view that Ferguson is successful / complicated / inconsistent et al. I'm guessing that all who read this book already knew that and were hoping for a bit more.
The book really flatlines in the final third where the author begins to recite relatively recent fixture results with, again, little analysis or insight into matters that aren't common knowledge.
The book awkwardly ends with the chapter "Where Stands He?", where Barclay compares Sir Alex with other famous managers and explains that his position in Barclay's subjective hierachy is lowerer than other managers like Stein, Clough and (even) Mourinho. It's not that Barclay is necessarily incorrect, it's just surprising that he suddenly has an opinion.
In the author's defense, Ferguson has to be about as complicated of a sporting personality to write about - but if the perspective of the story is "He's complicated" with little analysis as to why, what's the point in writing the book?
Content: This is not so much a biography of Sir Alex Ferguson as a potted history of Aberdeen and Man Utd when SAF was in charge. There's a difference that the author doesn't seem to appreciate. And as it was published in 2010 you can't expect the full history. Too much of the content is padded out with descriptions of long ago matches and league table movements that have faded interest for even a die-hard Man Utd fan like me. Frequent long passages along the lines of Giggs passed to Yorke, who chipped to Cole who headed passed the goalie, etc., tells us very little about SAF the man. For a supposed biography, there is way too little description of the life and doings of SAF, and not enough insight to what makes him tick, and what there is is often referenced from another author's biography.
Style: One thing in particular annoys me about the writing style of this author. Time and again he starts a sentence, then after only half a clause he has an oh-by-the-way moment and goes off on a tangent before returning sometime later to finish what he started. By that time, I've often become so lost in the rambling tangential information that I have to reread the start of the sentence to see what the end is about. If this literary device was infrequent it could be excused, but Barclay uses it over and over and over again, to the annoyance of this reviewer - so annoyed that it has spoiled my enjoyment of the book. I was also irritated by the mangled quotation `the truth that dare not speak its name'.
Conclusion: Not a page-turner, but useful if you're such a fan of Sir Alex that you want this book as a component of a complete set of reference material about him.