Everybody seems to agree that CLR James’ Beyond a Boundary is the greatest sports book ever written. A beautiful book indeed, with chapter titles like: the welfare state of the mind, the art and the practic part etc; One can write pages about this book. If you love sport of any kind or want to see how sport relates to the outside world, this is the book to read. But one can also argue that it is a “heavy” tome in some sense, filled with scholarly references and rich allusions. A wonderful counterpart to this book is Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano who sadly passed away a while back. This book manages to convey the same beauty and pathos that James’ wanted to in a silken little book in such a deft, delicate way without using bombastic words or abstruse philosophy. A Zen like minimalism compared to James’ labyrinthine work.

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