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Handful of Summers (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Juni 2008

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Gordon Forbes travelled the world with his racquet during the last days of amateur tennis in the late-1950s and early-1960s. In this book, he gives an account of his travels with his long-time tennis partner Abe Segal, and tells of the riotous characters who populated the amateur tennis world.

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Gordon Forbes played tennis for the South African Davis Cup team in the 50s and early 60s and returned to the circuit as a writer and observer.

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This is a journey through one man's life in an era so different from today. An insight into the world of 'amateur' tennis and its twists of professionalism. An era when tennis was played for the joy of the game, travelling, a varied existence, and a lack of anything better to do!
This traces the realities of life on the tennis tour in the 50s and 60s and the ups and downs which went with it, especially given that Gordon Forbes was from a culture as complex as that of South Africa.
This books gets you really involved in the lives of some of the greatest tennis legends of all time, and others who strove to reach their heady heights, but never quite made it to the top! This book contains so much passion and honesty that it draws you in. You can almost believe that you are right beside these tennis greats, treading in their every footstep, hearing their every breath. You feel as if you grew up with them, laughed their every laugh, and suffered their every defeat.
This is a must for every lover of tennis, and should not be written off by those who have no interest in the game. This is no ordinary tennis chronicle.
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Gordon Forbes has captured the essence of what sport used to and should still be. From South African farmlands to the lawns of Wimbledon "Forbsie" paints a humorous picture of tennis in the fifties and sixtys. The cast of characters become personal friends and the author like a big brother. A Handful of Summers is among the classics on my bookshelf.
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Das Buch ist wahrscheinlich weniger spannend für Leute, die sich nicht für Tennis interessieren. Für Leute wie mich, die selbst gern Tennis spielen und anschauen, bekommt man einen Einblick, wie die Welt für Tennisspieler war, bevor sie alle steinreich werden konnten. Das Buch ist mit viel Witz und Humor geschrieben.
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Ein köstlicher Ausflug ein eine vergangene Welt des Sports. Als der Tennissport noch nicht vom Kommerz bestimmt war, sondern zum Vergnügen betrieben wurde.
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HASH(0xa7286474) von 5 Sternen You don't need to be a tennis buff to find this hilarious! 14. September 1998
Von Elena Segal (E.Segal@ukonline.co.uk) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a journey through one man's life in an era so different from today. An insight into the world of 'amateur' tennis and its twists of professionalism. An era when tennis was played for the joy of the game, travelling, a varied existence, and a lack of anything better to do!
This traces the realities of life on the tennis tour in the 50s and 60s and the ups and downs which went with it, especially given that Gordon Forbes was from a culture as complex as that of South Africa.
This books gets you really involved in the lives of some of the greatest tennis legends of all time, and others who strove to reach their heady heights, but never quite made it to the top! This book contains so much passion and honesty that it draws you in. You can almost believe that you are right beside these tennis greats, treading in their every footstep, hearing their every breath. You feel as if you grew up with them, laughed their every laugh, and suffered their every defeat.
This is a must for every lover of tennis, and should not be written off by those who have no interest in the game. This is no ordinary tennis chronicle.
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HASH(0xa7291114) von 5 Sternen A writen account of tennis when the game was pure. 25. September 1999
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Gordon Forbes has captured the essence of what sport used to and should still be. From South African farmlands to the lawns of Wimbledon "Forbsie" paints a humorous picture of tennis in the fifties and sixtys. The cast of characters become personal friends and the author like a big brother. A Handful of Summers is among the classics on my bookshelf.
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HASH(0xa7290e64) von 5 Sternen A great book on life, not only tennis 31. Juli 2001
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I think this book was named the best book on tennis by some or other panel. Though I have not read all that many books on the sport, I cannot imagine a better book on tennis, or any other sport for that matter. Forbes is a delightful author, writing with gentle wit and charm about his childhood on a farm in the Eastern Cape, his tennis career and his life after tennis. Reading the book it is impossible not to mourn the passing of an era when sport was played for the enjoyment thereof, and sports star were friends.
A book that should be read by everybody, not only people interested in tennis or sport.
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HASH(0xa72932dc) von 5 Sternen Great book, awful edition 1. September 2007
Von Paul Magnussen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers: "A Handful of Summers" is the most informative and entertaining book on tennis I've read.

But the 1997 HarperCollins edition is dreadful: the paper quality is poor, and — most importantly — all the photographs are missing. I was so disgusted with it I returned it to Amazon and bought a second-hand copy instead.

The five-star rating is for the writing, not the edition.

Be warned.
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HASH(0xa7293264) von 5 Sternen Fascinating Read with Today's Perspective 18. Oktober 2010
Von R. Spell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was mentioned in Patrick Mcenroe's "Hard Court Confidential" as one of the best tennis memoir's around. Written by Gordon Forbes, a South African player in an era where decent players represented their country and then joined the "club" of amateur players touring the circuit which mainly consisted of the European tournaments. Remember, the Australian Open was a much further trip and not widely visited and as "amateurs", sponsorship to the American tournaments was a real money commitment by someone. Forbes was able to make the American tournaments late in his career and did quite well.

Without a question this was a different era. While others focus on the simpler time, to me the largest difference is the lack of training and commitment it required now to be on the tour. It's just a much more physical game now. This book spends a substantial amount of time on the "club culture" of the tour rather than the brutality of training and single mindedness required today to be a top pro. For example drinking and carousing are discussed at length and while that goes on, today's top players are serious single minded athletes like Sampras and Nadal.

It is interesting to hear Forbes discuss the players on the tour that he was quite close to, particularly the legend of his era, Rod Laver. Included are stories of sharing accommodations in a club member's home vs. the luxury paid-for hotel accommodations the tour players today enjoy. Yes, some still stay with members or volunteers in tour towns but normally that's the struggling up and coming players.

Without a question this is a very interesting book if you are interested in the 50/60s and tennis in general. I strongly recommend this for a revisit to an old era in tennis.
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