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Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry (Anglais) Broché – 31 juillet 2014


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Revue de presse

Alone is more than a sports biography. ...it is a timely reminder of the fine boundary between sport and art and the courage it took, and still takes, to be a gay athlete.
- Sunday Times

A terrific read, filled with juicy detail and driven by sympathy for a man who who was feted as a national hero but was extremely hard to like.
- The Times

A moving and explosive biography of an ice skating genius
- Manchester Evening News

A fascinating exploration of a tragic talent.
- Attitude

A touching, revealing story... a book that enthrals and mesmerises in much the same way that Curry did whenever he took to the ice
- Sport

Bill Jones brilliant biography... goes far beyond Curry s achievementson the ice. Informed by hundreds of interviews and a treasure trove of letters kept by devoted friends and family, Jones manages to untangle the man s complex and deeply secretive life.
- Mail Online

Jones diligently researched and evocative book pays tribute to Curry s art and charts his demise
- Sunday Times

A fascinating exploration of a deeply troubled man...a reminder of just how much courage it took to be an openly gay sportsman in the Seventies
- Mail on Sunday

Jones beautifully and sensitively written biography... does not gloss over Curry s faults...but reminds us of his genius.
- Independent on Sunday

A brilliant, honest and detailed account of a tortured sporting genius. A compelling account of a troubled athlete s rise and fall. He s gone, but this biography should mean he s never forgotten again. --- Mail Online --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. One winters night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many millions more watched around the world. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet. He was awarded the OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was and would always remain an absolute mystery to a world that had been dazzled by his gift. Surely, mens skating was supposed to be Cossack-muscular, not sensual and ambiguous like this. Curry himself was an often-tortured man of labyrinthine complexity. For the first time, Alone untangles the extraordinary web of his toxic, troubled, brilliant and short life. It is a story of childhood nightmares, furious ambition, sporting genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, Cold War politics, financial ruin and deep personal tragedy. Alone reveals the restless, impatient, often dark soul of a man whose words could lacerate, whose skating invariably moved audiences to tears, and who after succumbing to AIDS, as so many of his fellow artists and friends did died of a heart attack aged just 44.

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HASH(0x9ae6d1e0) étoiles sur 5 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.
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HASH(0x9b2244a4) étoiles sur 5 MASTERFUL WRITING / DIFFICULT SUBJECT 19 janvier 2015
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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HASH(0x9abf021c) étoiles sur 5 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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HASH(0x9aaa7e88) étoiles sur 5 excellent! 23 janvier 2015
Par CCRCAR - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x9aa9ba50) étoiles sur 5 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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