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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I have to say, I've read this one twice now and I don't quite get the hype over it. It's often considered one of, if not THE, best tennis books ever written, but I didn't like it as much as I expected to. The writing is easy to understand and flows very well, but too often it seems as though the funny anecdotes are given much greater emphasis than what is actually happening on the tour (the author's desire to lose his virginity plays a big part in the early chapters, for example). Most of the tennis books I do enjoy have a better balance of the off-court and on-court stuff than this one does, and even the on-court stuff in this one only seems to serve as a framework for "amusing" stories rather than containing honest-to-goodness tennis content. I don't know, maybe it IS brilliant and I'm just stupid. But I wouldn't go out of my way to get this one, especially since it's rather hard to find these days.
Review: A Handful Of SummersUser Review - Goodreads
This memoir is an interesting look into the early history and spirit of the game of tennis -- before it was all money and fame. Very refreshing. The personal antedotes were fun, but the endless lists ...