(Estrela Solitária Um Brasileiro Chamado Garrincha) [New] Ý Ruy Castro
What a story this is most of it is true Ruy Castro s 1995 biography of Brazil s first world renowned footballer doesn t just reveal the nitty ritty of Brazil s corrupt football fraternity but the evidence of the fatal damage
Inflicted Literally Metaphorically Upon The Little Bird literally metaphorically upon the little bird a native of very humble origins from the small factory town Pau Grande laughably translated into slang as Big Erection And he was by all a A truly fantastic biography of a fantastic albeit deeply flawed footballer GarrinhcaGREAT Garrincha was the epitome of the flawed sporting hero the Anaphora and Conceptual Structure genius player whose personal demons led to an early death Garrincha the book details his life from his childhood in Pau Grande through the length of his career and his eventual death from alcoholism It captures his amazing talent his playful charisma his colourful personal life and his uniue place in the hearts of Brazilian football fansBorn with crooked legs he defied all expectations and became one of the most successful players in international football history winning two World Cups and only once losing in a Brazilian shirt in 60 appearances Winning two world cups he became a cult legend in BrazilHis life was incredible He lost his virginity to aoat slept with hundreds of women and sired at least 14 children his affair and subseuent marriage to the singer Elza Soares that caught the imagination of a nation and led to them both being vilified He was profligate with money uninterested in football that he wasn t playing in and totally incapable of being faithfulBy the age of forty nine Garrincha was dead destroyed by the excesses that made him such a fascinating figure His downfall makes for depressing but Between Silences gripping readingThere is something that draws us to thoseenius sports stars who can t conuer their demons and don t et the change #TO LIVE THE POST RETIREMENT LIFE THEY DESERVE THEIR #live the post retirement life they deserve Their make them relatable and human As an Irishman you read the book feeling like its an alternate world story of George Best s life or even how the reat Paul McGrath s life may have Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations gone had he been born in BrazilRuy Castro has written a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating biography which is excellently translated by Andrew Downie It is a brilliant and detailed insight into a fascinating life of aenius player It is a comprehensive and worthy tribute to a footballer who had he played a few years later in the television era would be remembered as one of the all time Bat Ode greats The only downside for me was the lack of detail on the social and cultural environment in which Garrincha lived I feel I learned an incredible amount about Garrincha but less than I expected about the Brazil of the 50 s and 60 sI first the read the book when the English translation came out in 2004 and I thoroughly enjoyed this rere. The World Cup Finals Sweden 1958 Brazil vs the fearsome USSRIn the opening three minutes 'thereatest three minutes in the history of football' one man wrote himself into the record books Brazil went on to win the cup and in Garrincha a star was bornGarrincha was the unlikeliest of footballers with a right leg that turned inw. .
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Rstar Socrates so perhaps that s where the problem lies or perhaps it s the same in Castro s original book Whatever this English version is stodgy and turgid full of tortured syntax laborious metaphors and abrupt changes in tone mood and location Ironic Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work given the subject whosereat virtue was his raceful fluidity In a baffling omission Castro and Downie barely
attempt to articulate the wonder of seeing Garrincha play and when they do it s via dry play byto articulate the wonder of seeing Garrincha play and when they do it s via dry play by accounts or vague anecdotes And weirdly despite the vast number of interviews that Castro undertook there are no direct uotes from any of them is that a uirk of Brazilian journalism It feels like a shortcoming You et the facts here neatly established and marshalled into chronological order but there s no poetry And since the sheer joy of Garrincha is absent the transcendence he found on the field the exultance he inspired when the authors strip away the attendant myths all that s left is a selfish man with a 10 inch penis drinking himself to death A very uick engaging read about a fantastic Brazilian soccerfutebol player that a lot of fans of today know little to nothing about Manuel Francisco de los Santos nicknamed Garrincha was a dribbling legend probably the best who ever lived and a true joy of the people that helped Brazil reach the lofty heights of World Cup success in 58 and 62 as well as league championships for his professional club Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro Even in 2018 when I visited Rio he was remembered in Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War graffiti portraits on the white walls near Botafogo s HThe book was translated from Portuguese to English competently and there weren t too manylitches that were THAT distractingThe book did a Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French great job of chronicling Garrincha s rise from impoverished beginnings to the heights of footballreatness with Garrincha seemingly and blissfully along for the ride coupled with prodigious amounts of alcohol cacha a primarily and womanizing The alcoholism eventually killed him as it so often needlessly does and the author did a reat job documenting Garrincha s downfall as wellI d highly recommend this book to any devoted soccer fan andor anyone interested in Brazil especially its history from the 1950s through the early 1980s My only criticisms about the book were the ENDLESS comments on how well endowed Garrincha was the lack of discussion #On How Brazil S Then #how Brazil s then overnment essentially pimped him out for political purposes in the run up to the 66 World Cup the lack of discussion at the end of the book about Elza Soares the Brazilian samba singer and Garrincha s second wife who tried and failed to help him as well as the aftermath of Garrincha s death in 83 Simply the best football book ever writtenGreat player with issues who was overshadowed by Pele admitted read this in english. O the singer Elza Soares that caught the imagination of a nation their mouth watering combination of soccer and samba made them the toast of 1960s Rio But by the age of forty nine Garrincha was dead destroyed by the excesses that made him so compelling‘Funny and moving zealously researched and lovingly told’ Daily Telegrap. Ad I highly recommend it
any football fan and is a reat companion book for watching Russia 2018See all sports book reviews at A fascinating biography of a very flawed Brazilian footballer Castro doesn t sugar coat or excuse the many failings of Garrincha and lets readers come to their own conclusions about the first Brazilian Superstar Footballer Any football fan would like this In summary he won two world cups while being a heavy alcoholic The parts before and after his career are also reat The sort of unprofessionalism in this book has pretty much disappeared at top level football It s really unlikely that any world class footballer from now to the end of time could ever have a interesting biography Garrinchafor any football fan and is a reat companion book for watching Russia 2018See all
*s my favourite *my favourite I remember when I was 18 and somewhat mentally ill staying up all night watching whatever crap was on TV At about 3am BBC Four stuck on a documentary with sign language in the corner if memory serves about Pele and Garrincha a player whose name I d heard but about whom I knew nothing It was terrific You know you re watching something ood when you don t even mind a Garth Crooks narration Within a few weeks I was wearing a Garrincha t shirt everywhere I was absolutely transfixed by this crooked legged Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism genius The Joy of the People one of the people who played for love of theame whereas Pele was the astute PR savvy capitalist who would never uite capture their imagination the same way Sixty one years after the pair took Brazil to World Cup Boggs: A Comedy of Values glory for the first time Pele is still here alobal brand Garrincha is forgotten by all but the most devout football history nerds dead some 36 years After the most meteoric of rises he experienced the steepest of declines illustrated by that infamous film of him as an attraction on a carnival float a living zombie He was by most accounts a true innocent an almost childlike man exploited by a rapacious unforgiving world This book explodes that idea Garrincha who lost his virginity to a oat and barely stopped shagging from then on was a slave to his appetites which seemed charming at 21 and killed him by 50 His alcoholism which brought him so low wasn t some insular personal tragedy it inevitably ruined the lives of those around him while drink driving he ran over his dad and was in #An Accident That Killed #accident that killed mother in law he beat up at least two of his lovers Exhaustively researched the book debunks several of the most enduring and attractive myths about Garrincha invented by his Boswell Sandro Moreyra That s fairly impressive if depressing and to some degree the book captures the darkness self destructiveness and pain of the man but it barely skirts the joy Perhaps that s because it s just so badly written So is translator Andrew Downie s recent biography of 80s Brazilian supe. Ards and a left that turned out but with a ball at his feet he had the poise of an angel He played for the love of the ame uninterested in money and ignoring tactical advice And he was as wild off the pitch as he was mesmerising on it mischievous audacious and dripping with sex appealIt was his affair and subseuent marriage