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    Beyond a Boundary - Half a Century on

    Beyond a Boundary - Half a Century on

    With the help of two very special guest contributors, CW's book review team revisit what is probably the most revered cricket book ever written.

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    Too pissed to read but clearly vote mongering
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    Too pissed to read but clearly vote mongering
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    Beyond a Boundary - Half a Century on

    With the help of two very special guest contributors, CW's book review team revisit what is probably the most revered cricket book ever written.
    C.L.R. James is a very interesting figure. After leaving the Trotskyist movement, he joined the West Papua independence movement...I hope that Beyond a Boundary will be published in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.


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    After reading the article and seeing that some have confessed to not having read the "best book on cricket ever written", and having actually read it, I will give my thoughts on it.

    Like most in the article I had heard of the book many years before I has able to find a copy to read. But before that I had come across a copy of "Cricket" by the author,a collection of his newspaper and magazine articles, (including an eye witness description of S.F.Barnes playing in a league game when in in his 60's.)
    It is a good read and I recommend it to everyone.

    My thoughts on what BaB were influenced by that book,so when I was able lay my hands on a copy of BaB, courtesy of a large multinational chain store, I was initially impressed by the first hand description of the role of cricket in the area where the author grew up.

    However the role of the development of the authors political thinking and actions overrode the cricketing aspect of the book for me and in a sense I had been mistaken in what I thought the book would be about.

    Back in the early 60's when the baby boom generation was in their youth, the socialist thinking and political struggles of the author may have seemed romantic to a generation wishing to rebel against their parents and the "system" of the time. So to have a book about a favorite sport regarded as part of the "system" which is also "political " may have been the reason it was given such an accolade as the "the best" by people with political sympathy with the author.

    It's a good book, thought provoking and at times harrowing in its description of life in the West Indies,well worth a read to broaden your knowledge of the game.

    I no longer have a copy of BaB but I have kept his collection of writings on cricket, it may have been given another title by the publishers now days, which I recommend to everyone.
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