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Compassionate Portrait of the the Whole Human Being 4 novembre 2014
Par Amy Sandoval - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Kudos to Bill Jones for this biography of figure skater John Curry, a complicated, somewhat tortured, sometimes difficult man with an incredible, incredible talent. He was gay at a time when homosexuality was not usually acknowledged or accepted, he had a difficult family life growing up, and all his life he struggled to express his artistry the way he wanted versus the way the general public and even the skating world expected. Author Jones does a good job of representing Curry’s struggles—both artistic and personal as well as his sources of both solace (his friend and avid supporter Nancy Streeter, for example) and strength (such as his participation in the est Training). While Jones can be somewhat heavy-handed with his cynicism—he perpetuates some urban myths regarding the est Training, for example, but does ultimately credit the course for making the difference in Curry handling his nerves and winning the Olympic Gold Medal. He effectively portrays Curry’s foibles as well as his unquestionable gifts. Jones gives us what seems to be a fair, well-rounded look at John Curry’s life, and has fulfilled his obvious desire that Curry be recognized as a man who elevated his sport to an art form.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par little lady blue - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If nothing else John Curry was a complex miasma of a man. John Curry the skater and John Curry the man seem not to be one and the same. His short turbulent life has been vividly exposed in this excellent biography. Bill Jones has captured the man with every nuance of his personality and put it in black and white.

A genius with a dark side Curry is transcended on to the page in a meticulously researched biography with a straightforward text that is sympathetic but not maudlin.

Two passages especially exemplify John Curry, the artist and the man:
"Pioneering art often transcends understanding." (Pg. 138)
".....an attention seeker who craved privacy." (Pg.142)

I had never heard of John Curry before and I am not a fan of ice skating but this bio led me to seek out as many videos as I could find on YouTube of John Curry and I can only say that the magic he wielded on ice was the kind of magic one only ever sees once in a lifetime.

Bill Jones has masterfully brought this remarkable man to life on the page.
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Fascinating and heartbreaking. 22 novembre 2014
Par Kimberly Weiss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
One of the best written bios I've read. It managed to show his flaws while remaining sympathetic. The story itself is fascinating. John tried to invent a whole new form of highbrow ice entertainment but didn't have the temperament or business acumen to manage a troupe. Recommended to all skating fans.
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excellent! 23 janvier 2015
Par CCRCAR - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Having long admired John Curry's skating, I was interested in learning about what it took to become (in my opinion), the greatest skater ever. Many of the answers are found here: discipline, tragedy & musicianship. There is little doubt Mr. Curry could have been one of the finest dancers of his or any other day, yet was denied that chance by a cruel, close-minded father. Dancing's loss was skating's gain, although I am saddened Mr. Curry is not better known. If this book paints John as an unlikeable person, it also does a fine job of explaining why he was that way. Demon or Deity, I am still intrigued by Mr. Curry's magic.
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Wonderful book 22 septembre 2014
Par Tina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I am a huge figure skating fan and I had heard about Curry over the years without ever really knowing anything about him.

This book does an excellent job of detailing John Curry's life. From the very first paragraph, I was hooked. The author writes with respect, but does not shy away from Curry's darker side. In fact, this book goes into quite a lot of detail about Curry's mood swings, his lack of respect for people and his inability to be happy, no matter what happens.

The skating parts of the story are excellent, making me feel as though I am watching Curry performed through the pages of the book. No question that Curry was a wonderful skater, but wow, I really did not like him as a person.

I loved reading this story. Rarely have I seen an author do such a good job of portraying a troubled man with a life that was hard to write about.

Wonderful book.
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