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Gerrard: My Autobiography - Steven Gerrard
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Gerrard: My Autobiography - Steven Gerrard
Date: 26/11/09, updated on 26/11/09 (80 review reads)
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Believe me it is difficult, very very difficult. A thinker as he is on the field and his book proves that he is more than that- a thinker and a philosopher too. Other wise how can one explain the passion, the honesty, his beliefs, his philosophy of life as footballer of the highest class and a true family man, who has not put either his profession above his family and visa versa. How many celebrities, forget about football celebrities, has been able to do it ? He has been able to balance these two so admirably simply because being a celebrity, a private figure he never forgot HE IS FIRST A HUMAN BEING and then anything else. No wonder human values never over-rode his fathom less talent as a footballer.
But I must first thank, probably Gerrard need not, the nurses, the doctors, the support stuff and the tremendous advancement of science and technology more so of medical science. Why? Do you think I would have been writing this review if the young Steven Gerrard had not been taken care of the way those extremely dedicated bunch of experts did? Because when he was a 9 year old child he nearly had his foot disabled if not amputed, as he kicked a garden fork and it stayed put in there. Thank God he recovered and became absolutely normal. Otherwise there would have been no Steven Gerrard the footballer, no autobiography of this class and naturally no review of this particular book. Lets for once chant "God is good"...
Now let me be honest. I am an out n out ManU fanatic and naturally Liverpool is one of my top rated enemy. I wish ManU could buy this man, but couldn't the reason is he could not be lured and this, although grudgingly, is the commitment, honesty and humility of this supremely talented man. But who can help but admire such a man. He has not lost any respect to any body or for that matter to the fans bearing loyalty to any Club.
I just read the book about two and half weeks ago for the second time. It still was refreshing, interesting and held me like Agatha Christie does. Why did I mention Agatha Christie? Simple, its her business to hold her reader bound to the book, they are totally different breed one is a pro footballer the other is a pro writer. Also it's easier, mind you I'm an avid reader of Christie and she listed as one of my favorite thriller writers, for her to keep her reader engrossed but not for Steven Gerrard. His business is delighting spectators with football skills. That probably speaks volumes about the quality of the book both in terms of presentation and content. I would not write a single word about what is there in the book or its content. The only object of me writing this review is to make people read this book. Okay I would say this book explains vividly the pangs, the joy, the accolades, the criticism, the way to use silence to show hidden arrogence, how make social statement with a sport which requires body contact, the tension and above all the agony of not being selected for wrong reasons, the grit required to comeback and perform under tremendous pressure.
The book back cost you around £8.75 contains 320 remarkably written pages. But it is for every body to read irrespective of club loyalties. Just read Steven Gerrard spilling the bin even it is quite possible you start loving football if you don't already.
It's not a biography, it's a footballers saga and football thriller.
You will say the review lacks content, okay fine, just rate unhelpful. I don't mind!! Call it expression of my feeling about the FOOTBALLER and HIS autobiography, excellent stuff!
Happy reading of "Gerrard: My Autobiography"
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Summary: About an exceptional HUMAN being.
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