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This was an interesting reading experience for me The first 80 pages "Flew By In One "by in one and then I found myself struggling Some of it was merely that I had other things on my mind so regardless of what book I had my focus probably would have been the same But there was something else too which I only identified by the final two chapters of this book this is a rather sparse book reading a lot like poetry at times There are many beautiful words and images to be found However it wasn t a book I could et completely lost in either which would have been better suited to my frame of mind at this time I m someone who can happily read a 1000 page Stephen King novel and wouldn t sacrifice a word of it where others may claim a book is overblown or bloated I find myself happily absorbed in every detail So while I admired the prose of this book and ultimately enjoyed it I never uite loved it I did however like it a lot I Googled the 1905 All Blacks and read a little about them but not too much as I was happy to fall into this version of events As I mentioned I hit a bit of a wall about midway through but I ot back into the swing of things and am pleased I did The way the novel came together the structure of it and the unexpected emotion it sueezed out me in the final pages novel came together the structure of it and the unexpected emotion it sueezed out me in the final pages it well worth reading I really liked this sparsely written little book a mixture of lyrical prose history and fiction I am not interested in Rugby at all but this is an astounding account of the 1905 visit of the New Zealand All Blacks to the UK Wonderful I borrowed this recently and reatly enjoyed it It has the same very sparse prose style as his recent books used to Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation great effect I had avoided reading this as I thought it was a conventional treatment of the 1905 rugby tour of Great Britain but while it clear Lloyd Jones knows his rugby this is about the way the players from colonial New Zealand reacted to what they still called the motherland None were professional athletes and they came from diverse backgrounds united by their combined joy of playing theame Lloyd Jones shows us that even in 1905 a New Zealand character had emerged and that these tourists were among the first young kiwis out on their overseas experience now almost a compulsory rite of passage Much of this is lists which show how the players were received what they discovered and what they missed from New Zealand Lists can be an effective narrative Rabelais is perhaps among the first to use this Here Lloyd Jones builds word pictures of precision and life in his lists Read this even if you are not interested in sport or rugby I really enjoyed this novel about the 1905 tour of the All Blacks rugby team The sparse poetic storytelling Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question gave the novel a scrap book uality which perfectly suited the story It was a little difficult to connect with the narrator who was the collective team rather than an individual Areat book though I would recommend it whether you like rugby or not All about the 1st All Black tour of England Wales Scotland and France in 1908 Based on fact with an interesting story of what it might have been like from the 6 week boat journey to their overwhelming experience of fameYou don t have to be a rugby fan to enjoy this book Lloyd Jones has written uite an unconventional book It is a fictionalized account of the 1905 rugby tour by the New Zealand team to the British Isles and France This team became known as The Originals and they achieved legendary status both where they toured and at homeThose of you not familiar or interested in rugby or sport in Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism general may as well move on now No hard feelingsJones describes the fiction non fiction status of the book as follows The myth of the 1905 Originals precedes this novel as do various match reports on theames played Actual events outside of the matches however have been harder to come by and where obtainable not that interesting or even illuminating This is where the imagination slips easily. Agosto 1905 Un ruppo di ragazzi sale su una nave ad Auckland in Nuova Zelanda e inizia una lunga traversata alla volta dell'Inghilterra prima tappa di una loriosa tournée che toccherà paesi lontani e misteriosi Città splendenti moderne e caoticheTra di loro ci sono due calzolai due fabbri tre agricoltori un caporeparto del mattatoio due minatori un impiegato statale e uno di banca un ex fantino due corridori professionisti e un maestro d'ascia Sono i mitici All Blacks Ma uesti ragazzi ancora non sanno che il loro destino sarà uello di diventare una leggenda del rugby e di conuistare il mondoGiocano la prima partita nel Devon ed è una sorprendente vittoria È sol. ,
The Book of FameBook apparently fits into the historical fiction category because it tells a story about real people carrying out historically correct actions in a realistic recreation of the time In this case it is the story of the party of 29 young men who left New Zealand in 1905 to travel to Great Britain and play all comers at Rugby Union the first All Blacks The story is well worth the tale A team of nobodies took on the world They played a total of thirty five matches which included five Tests and only lost once a controversial defeat by Wales 3 nil They scored 830 points and conceded only 39 inventing a truly new form of rugby football They then played the first ever Test in France and Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson games against Canada before returning home heroes to New ZealandThe story is than that though because as the title suggests it is largely about that apparently modern idea of FAME This was not invented by performers mobbed by the masses like Frank Sinatra the Beatles and Justin Bieber Instead this collection of farmers boot makers builders and the like closed down entire towns when they played dominated the press for months and attracted the attention of the very firstroupies willing to do anything to et attention from these young menTo the writing then Its only about 160 pages and is a melange of writing forms It is often straight out description from the viewpoint of someone not named but who knows the thinking of all the players as they react to the strange new world they find them in It s a class bound world which cannot cope with these antipodeans destroying their teams a picture of the societal revolution that would come less the 10 years later with war A The author sees them as part of this revolution in this lyrical passage Einstein and Matisse caused a stirthat yearFreud came in this lyrical passage Einstein and Matisse caused a stirthat yearFreud came bought to the surfacehitherto unseen worldsDreams inner truththe essence of thingsand applied to them namescolourformulae The book is also filled with lists menus from dinners players and how they earned their living in an amateur age Dance Cards injury lists and many other apparently random details which actually complete the picture There are also chunks of dialogue carrying out the same function There are chunks in poetic form like this recognition of the first signs of fame By now we d moved from the world of ordinary menwe were the stuff of the shop windowWhat children s birthdays are made ofWe were ChristmasThe bubble in the popThe jam on the breadWe were the place smiles come from People flocked to see usas the did the African pigmiessword swallowing Moroccansthe bloated Japanese carpand Annette Kellermanat the London HippodromeWe who had come to discover found ourselves discoveredand in the process discovered ourselves I am sure these rugby boyos would not have had the lyricism and sense of the place in history that author Jones does when he puts them in the place of other conuerors as in The walk along the chalk cliffsthe snare of historyin the whitish airNo one talking andbecause of ituite naturally our thoughtsturning toVikings I am a rugby fan although not an All Black lover but I appreciated this for than the football but the insight into the nature of fame These 27 footballers saw than the allocated 15 minutes with accomplishments that changed a their country place in the world and the nature of the ame they played I think many an athlete would benefit from considering One by one we tapped on the shoulder by our Maker AMAZING Have you never read this You d think a book about old school rugby would be so so boring unless you were me and loved rugby but this is kinda magical Lyrical meditative funny and insightful Makes you respect our long rugby tradition AND love the arts even than you thought you already did I loved this amazing book Somewhere between poetry and prose this is a story of the legendary All Blacks rugby team that dazzled Britain by its astonishing play in 1905 I enjoy "Lloyd Jones writing so much. A divisa nera hanno battuto lo "Jones writing so much. A divisa nera hanno battuto lo 40 a 0 e l'Inghilterra e l'Irlanda con un secco 15 a 0 Eppure uesti ventisette ragazzi belli forti timidi e Edge of Venomverse generosi sembrano non abituarsi mai ad essere oggetto di così tante attenzioni e il loro sogno resterà fino alla fine «continuare a orbitare nel nostro piccolo mondo di calzolai e fonditori»Di vittoria in vittoria di successo in successo con uno stile misurato e commovente che sta fra l'appunto di viaggio e la poesia l'epopea e il racconto uotidiano seguiamo la travolgente esperienza della suadra fino aliorno del tanto desiderato ritorno a casa uando Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) gli All Blacks sono per sempre consegnati allaloria e alla leggen.

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Into the aps While this book is a work of the imagination "It Is Nonetheless Bedded "is nonetheless bedded research The writing style is unconventional the words are often sparse on the page written almost as poetry short lines of text rouped in clusters The words are from many people some as reportage some as the men themselves some as the journalists and supporters There are pages which are lists of things or events or thoughts The whole book is probably the closest thing to poetry I have read in totality for many years poetry and I don t mixI won t dwell much on the rugby due to my negligible audience but there are A Few Stats To Pick few stats to pick these exclude the two Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine games v British Colombia in New YorkPlayed 35ames won 34 drew 0 lost 1Points for 868 points against 47 This tour Blue Guide gave the NZ rugby team the name they are commonly recognised as The All BlacksThis tour made Dave Gallagher Bob Deans Billy Stead household namesAnd some statementsThis tour was an excellent example of why neutral referees must be mandatory in sports there were some outrageously poor refereeing decisions mostly resorting to calling back many tries as forward passes when the referee could not keep up with play The test against Scotland provided examples of the worst sportsmanship experienced and the muttering of it wouldn t have happened at home repeatedlyThe oneame they lost v Wales was controversial The NZ manager rejected all proposed referees and the rules state another union be asked to appoint a referee Wales asked Scotland who were already off side with the tourists pun intended who appointed a referee who penalised the NZ team at every scrum Eventually the NZ captain instructed his men to stop contesting the scrum So obviously stories vary Around The Bob Deans Try the Bob Deans try Kiwis claiming he placed the ball over the line and was dragged 3 yards back before the referee made it to the end of the field The Welsh suggest he was short of the line There were also a number of call backs for forward passes called from well behind play This is a Kiwi author telling a Kiwi story obviously The reality is most people consider the All Blacks played poorly that day They lost 3 0There is one really confusing detail around the scrum the New Zealanders using a 2 3 2 formation which was not the norm for the home nations at the time They also developed a wing forward position which was deemed controversial These were only lightly explained in the book I haven t found an explanation of how the scum rules worked at the time and who determined the formationThe other point to note was the scoring of the time Very confusing in the eneral text but a try is worth 3 points a conversion 2 points a field oal drop kick 4 points and a penalty kick 3 pointsA hard book to rate with limited appeal to many4 stars I loved this book so much when I was reading it I wanted to share uotations from almost every page Every page of The Book of Fame is food for thoughtOstensibly The Book of Fame is a book is about a rugby tour but it s about much than that The Book of Fame is a meditation on celebrity and how the ordinary blokes from a football team learned their Always remember that you are absolutely uniue Just like everyone else Margaret MeadI have never before used the word uniue to describe a book I know every book is somehow different from the millions of others composed since the development of cave painting even plagiarists apply their own own fingerprints to stolen letters Yet every book I have read has somehow developed Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare grown from obvious previous roots since before Ovid wrote the Ilead Sometimes we see a newenre did Sherlock start detective fiction Who invented forensic criminology as a sub Island Girls (and Boys) genre Yet always there is a thread to previous workI haveiven 5 stars to this book not because it is reat in any way except it passes my litmus test uestion Did this book change the way I think in this case about writing style which in this case is uniueLloyd Jones s little. O l'inizio Da uel momento in poi mietono un successo dopo l'altro Il pubblico li adora Le signore li coccolano I mariti li invidiano Per loro vengono organizzate cene balli e serate di ala Sono ospitati e accolti con ogni onore in molte città della vecchia Europa dall'Inghilterra all'Irlanda alla Scozia al Galles alla Francia Curiosi e smarriti attraversano il Nuovo MondoOgnuno di loro possiede una buona dose di coraggio ingenuità elegante naturalezza e Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within generosità senza pari Un irrefrenabile piacere diiocare insieme e uno spirito di suadra ferreo e indiscutibile A dicembre a soli uattro mesi dalla partenza sono ià i «meravigliosi All Blacks» che nella classic. ,
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