By C. L. R. James
This re-creation of C. L. R. James's vintage "Beyond a Boundary" celebrates the 50th anniversary of 1 of the best books on game and tradition ever written.Named one of many best 50 activities Books of All Time by way of Sports Illustrated
Beyond a Boundary . . . should still locate its position at the crew with Izaak Walton, Ivan Turgenev, A. J. Liebling, and Ernest Hemingway.-- Derek Walcott, "The long island occasions publication Review
As a participant, James the author was once capable of see in cricket a metaphor for paintings and politics, the collective adventure delivering a spotlight for staff attempt and person functionality. . . . [In] his scintillating memoir of his existence in cricket, Beyond a Boundary (1963), James committed a few of his most interesting pages to this theme.-- Edward acknowledged, "The Washington Post
A paintings of double reverence--for the resilient, stylish ritualism of cricket and for the black humans of the world.-- Whitney Balliett, "The New Yorker
Beyond a Boundary is a publication of outstanding richness and strength, which greatly expands our realizing of activities as a component of pop culture within the Western and colonial world.-- Mark Naison, "The Nation
Everything James has performed has had the mark of originality, of his personal versatile, delicate, and deeply cultured intelligence. He conveys now not a inflexible doctrine yet a pride and interest in the entire manifestations of lifestyles, and the clue to every little thing lies in his right appreciation of the sport of cricket.-- E. P. Thompson, writer of "The Making of the English operating Class
Beyond a Boundary is . . . before everything an autobiography of a residing legend--probably the best social theorist of our times.-- Manning Marable, "Journal of recreation & Social Issues
The nice triumph of Beyond a Boundary is its skill to upward thrust above style and in its very shape discover the advanced nature of colonial West Indian society.-- Caryl Phillips, "The New Republic"
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It is, of course, impossible to know if this is true. I hope it is. 24 Beyond a Boundary principles of cricket and of English literature, and attained a mastery over my own character which would have done credit to my mother and Aunt Judith if only they could have understood it. I could not explain it to their often tear-stained faces for I did not understand it myself. I look back at that little boy with amazement, and, as I have said, with a gratitude that grows every day. But for his unshakable defiance of the whole world around him, and his determination to stick to his own ideas, nothing could have saved me from winning a scholarship, becoming an Honourable Member of the Legislative Council and ruining my whole life.
So that if the big engines stopped and were not repaired pretty quickly the whole process was thrown out of gear, and if the break continued the cutters for miles around had to be signalled to stop cutting, and they sat around 14 Beyond a Boundary and waited for hours. 1 have worked on a sugar estate and the engineers, usually Scotsmen, walked around doing nothing for days; but as soon as there was the slightest sign of anything wrong the tension was immediately acute. The manager himself, if not an engineer, was usually a man who understood something about engines.
To what degree he represented them should not distract us here. We must keep our eye on the course: exhibition, scholarship, profession, wealth, Legislative Council and the title of Honourable. Whenever someone brought it off the local people were very proud of him. That was the course marked out for me. The elementary-school masters all over the island sought bright boys to train for this examination, and to train a boy for this and win with him was one of the marks of a good teacher. My father was one of the best, and now fortune conspired to give him in his own son one whom he considered the brightest student he had ever had or known.
Beyond a Boundary (5oth Anniversary Edition) by C. L. R. James