Beyond a Boundary

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Yellow Jersey, 2005 - Social Science - 355 pages
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One of the greatest of all sports books, now reissued with a new introduction. C L R James, one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century, was devoted to the game of cricket. In this classic summation of half a lifetime spent playing, watching and writing about the sport, he recounts the story of his overriding passion and tells us of the players whom he knew and loved, exploring the game's psychology and aesthetics, and the issues of class, race and politics that surround it. Part memoir of a West Indian boyhood, part passionate celebration and defence of cricket as an art form, part indictment of colonialism, Beyond a Boundary addresses not just a sport but a whole culture and asks the question, 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?'

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

I first learnt of "Beyond a Boundary" when my Marxist politics lecturer recommended it to me. I was just a babe in the woods those days and may have missed some of the more esoteric references to post ... Read full review

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User Review  - TadAD - LibraryThing

I wanted to like this book, really. Up to a certain point (about the first quarter), I loved it. It's considered a classic in some circles. Cricket is something new to me and that's always interesting ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

C.L.R James—historian, novelist, cultural critic, and political activist—was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1901. In 1932 he moved to Britain and became cricket correspondent of the Manchester Guardian. A central figure in the Pan-African movement and the struggle for colonial emancipation, he returned to Trinidad in 1958 in its run-up to independence. He later returned to London, where he died in 1989. His previous books include The Black Jacobins and Minty Alley.

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