How sport conditioned literature through years and if can be combined to the sacred art of reading.
Sport people and bookworms can’t fit together in the same room.
One it’s a form of activity that includes going outside and making physical things with your body, the other a calm and peaceful way to enjoy free time inside your house under a blanket and with a warm tea in a cozy environment.
So, how can we mix both things without making a carnage?
Sport, for the ancients, was a way to celebrate our body and minds, to glorificate them and purify our souls. Not so distant from culture and reading.
So it’s not surprising literature history has gifted us with novels about sports, dynamic activities and so on.
These are my personal experience in books about sports, so enjoy, and if you sweat too much, be prepared.
Open – Andre Agassi
A life-during struggle with himself lasted several years, narrated through the lens of what he did best: tennis. Sport is a metaphor for life, for not being in comfort with ourselves, all mixed with personal experiences like drugs and trials. A tough book for a tough life. A must have, not only for tennis or sport lovers.
The Natural – Bernard Malamud
An unhappy story of an old baseball player that find for the truth in a world that stole his talent for this particular sport. But it’s Malamud, so there’s a lot more behind the thin metaphor of baseball balls.
Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
Iconic book for all Nineties generation, it’s a sort of memoir to talk about the obsession and love between the author and the sport of it all: football, soccer, or how you would call it.
Must have for soccer fans.
String theory – David Foster Wallace
A journey that only David Foster Wallace could make us do: it’s like being on the field with Federer, sweating every shot, only seeing the ball and not the speed of the ball.
This little pamphlet explains and demonstrates how any sport practiced at high level becomes a privileged place for the expression of human beauty.