The Match: Althea Gibson & Angela Buxton: How Two Outsiders--One Black, the Other Jewish--Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History (Anglais) Relié – 1 juin 2004
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“Terrific....An important contribution in spreading the legacy of Gibson, a woman worth remembering.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A reminder of the best and worst in sports.” (Robert Lipsyte)
“Heartwarming....Both the book and the women are to be valued and respected.” (Lesley Visser, CBS Sportscaster)
“Schoenfeld captures the not-so-good-old days of...tennis that are virtually forgotten in these affluent times.” (Bud Collins)
“Skillful....Schoenfeld blends the passion of an enraptured fan with the measured eye of a seasoned journalist.” (Kirkus Reviews on The Last Serious Thing)
“Remarkable...an overdue portrait of Althea Gibson.” (Chris Evert)
“It’s surprising how little the...world knows about [Althea] Gibson...who broke tennis’ color barrier..Schoenfeld...gives [Gibson]...[her]due.” (Starred Booklist)
“Althea Gibson…belongs to the ‘what ever happened to’ school of athletes…this book…answer[s] with verve and style.” (Library Journal)
“A remarkable tale of a friendship.” (Jon Entine, author of Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Althea Gibson first met Angela Buxton at an exhibition match in India. On the surface, the two women could not have been more different. The daughter of sharecroppers, Gibson was born in the American South and grew up in Harlem. Angela Buxton, the granddaughter of Russian Jews, was raised in England, where her father ran a successful business. But both women encountered prejudice, particularly on the tennis circuit, where they were excluded from tournaments and clubs because of race and religion.
Despite their athletic prowess, both Gibson and Buxton were shunned by the other female players at Wimbledon in 1956 and found themselves without doubles partners. Undaunted, they chose to play together and ultimately triumphed. In The Match, which has been hailed as an "important contribution in spreading the legacy of Gibson,"* Bruce Schoenfeld delivers not only the little-known history of Gibson's life but also the inspiring story of two underdogs who refused to let bigotry stop them -- on the court and off. Here, too, is an homage to a remarkable friendship.
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Thus I was excited to find this book, and read it full of anticipation. The first part of the book is excellent: you get a feel for the narrow [and unprofitable, by today's standards] world which tennis occupied in the 50s; and you get a sense of how a narrow, specialized world reflects the biases of the larger world. The struggles of Angela Buxton and Althea Gibson to be accepted as players, as well as accepted as individuals, are very vivid. When we despair of the slow progress of accepting diversity, we should re-view the world of 50 years ago and note our progress. The part of the book describing the youthful lives and struggles of these two women is compelling.
After that, I felt that the book fell apart. Schoenfeld did some excellent research, but his writing became pedantic. The descriptions of the tennis matches are accurate, but lifeless. And the "after life", once they left tennis, is cursorily treated: 40 years in about as many pages. While bemoaning the fact that they were ignored by the tennis world, wasn't he doing the same thing?
I think you will be moved by the first half of the book.
At the same time, while the book displayed well Gibson's personality at certain points, I would have been interested in learning more about this elusive and thorny character throughout her life---A fuller biography of this important figure would have been welcome.