The Meaning Of Sport

The Meaning Of Sport Why is sport so profoundly important to us In a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup finals in Germany via the Ashes the Ryder Cup and Wimbledon Simon Barnes ponders such matters

  • Title: The Meaning Of Sport
  • Author: Simon Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781904977858
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why is sport so profoundly important to us In a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup finals in Germany via the Ashes, the Ryder Cup and Wimbledon Simon Barnes ponders such matters as the intellectual genius of Wayne Rooney, the mythic nature of Steve Redgrave and the making of Andrew Flintoff.

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    1. This book by an experienced and eloquent sports journalist was part travel writing and biography, and partly an attempt to address the bigger question of "Why do humans have sport?". For all the intelligent and knowledgeable writing style, for all the honesty and insight into how being a sports journalist works, for all the trying to get to the root of the aforementioned big question, the fact that I didn't think Barnes really convinced me he could answer what he set out to, it left me slightly [...]

    2. Simon Barnes works as the Chief Sportswriter in 'The Times', the English newspaper. I enjoy reading his pieces for 'The Times'. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I read all of his pieces. In his Olympics pieces, there was a slight bias against China and a stronger bias in favour of Barnes' favourite sports and athletes - 100m sprint, beautiful Russian athletes, gymnastics, British sportspersons at the games - but his pieces were in general a pleasure to read. I got this book by Simon Barnes, one [...]

    3. I find myself giving a book about sport five stars! How do we forget that the world is still capable of surprising us? But it wasn't just about sport. It was about human nature and life and Ulysses. And Nietzsche. I have to be impressed with someone who can tie birdwatching, Stephen Dedalus and football together. This was also about writing and creativity. I'm not sure I would now want to watch football, but I do have a new appreciation for passion and focus. I really enjoyed this book. I am in [...]

    4. Started April 18th, finished April 25th.This is a book I borrowed from my friend Shane. he is the main contributor to a great sporting blog Greatest Events in Sporting History This was one of the strangest reads I've had. Trying to capture the Meaning of 'Sport' is hard. Sports may all have common goal but every sport is still different. I also think that meaning may be different to each person contemplating the question.Simon barnes is without doubt a good writer. He also understands his remit. [...]

    5. This is a good book because sport is both ultimately meaningless and yet also can provide us with some of our greatest moments. A great futile obsession I guess. So despite Simon Barnes being fair game for Private Eye's pseuds corner it is a good book as it muses on this paradox. I enjoyed it, it felt like a bit of an indulgence but then it's good to enjoy what you read.

    6. Brilliant. Pretty simple stuff - long time sportswriter Simon Barnes takes a look at sport and what it means. As a man who sees himself as a bit of an intellectual it seems as though the impetus was him wondering if his job, and sport as a whole, was not rather pointless. This is not a fictional book, but a memoir of sorts. Breaking down what sport is, and what it means to participants, spectators and himself, he comes up with some great stories from events he has witnessed, but also justificati [...]

    7. Sportswriter for the London Times lays bare his passion for sport. Not your garden variety sports writer, Barnes loves dressage and birdwatching but his philosophy of sport is close enough to mine for enjoyment. Disdains intellectuals who bypass sports in their studies- something that has long annoyed me.

    8. Well thought out and rather beautifully written. This is what happens when you allow people to cross barriers.

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