- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1., Aufl. (6. März 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0747579148
- ISBN-13: 978-0747579144
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,9 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 227.473 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Those Feet: A Sensual History of English Football (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. März 2006
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'Thank God for David Winner ... With an easy wit, Winner traces the game back to its roots and the results are as intriguing as they are amusing ... Those Feet really is a marvellous book and you're unlikely to come across anything better for some considerable time' Duncan White, FourFourTwo 'Winner has made as good a stab at psychoanalysing England's national sport as I have read' Daily Telegraph 'It is a book of surprising twists and turns, casually brilliant flicks and powerful, penetrating insight ... Winner has written a great football book' Glasgow Herald 'In this ambitious book, he takes the quintessential elements of the English game and traces them back to their origins in his singular, tangential way ... dazzling' Independent
In this playful, witty and highly original look at English football, David Winner, author of the acclaimed "Brilliant Orange", journeys to the heart of Englishness and sheds new light on the true nature of a rapidly changing game that was never really meant to be beautiful. He shows how Victorian sexual anxiety underlies England's many World Cup failures. He reveals the connection between Roy Keane and a soldier who died in the Charge of the Light Brigade. And, he demonstrates how thick mud and wet leather shaped the contours of the English soul.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Some examples? Well, we start out with the idea of vigorous exercise and athletics in support of masculine Christianity in general and against masturbation in particular. Does the latter part sound a bit much? Well, Winner does a great job of marshalling his evidence and proving that hysteria about “self-pollution” was a very real thing for the Victorians.
Another chapter I particularly liked talked about Roy Keane, the tough and rather violent captain of MANU. The chapter doesn’t actually talk about Roy that much, but goes over similar characters – oddly, named Roy, Kean, or even Royal Keene and Royston Keene – that appeared in mass culture media like school stories, comics, popular novels, etc. Really fascinating. I had to look some of this stuff up just to make sure it was all real. How did he manage all that research?
The chapter I didn’t care for so much was about the relationship between English and Italian soccer. I take it the main theme was something along the lines of English power and lack of imagination vs. Italian skills and an emphasis on defense, but it was a bit hard to follow. There was also a lot of the chapter devoted to two British films I’d never seen – the Italian Job and Sleuth – which seemed a bit obscure and tangential to the argument.
Actually, this last bit throws a spotlight on something rather important about this book. I’m not sure I'd recommend this book for anyone who isn’t already pretty familiar with English soccer and English history and culture. If you are, though, it's is an absolute gem.
C'mon you Rams!