David Foster Wallace's extraordinary writing on tennis, collected for the first time in an exclusive audio-original edition.
A "long-time rabid fan of tennis" and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, which have been hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time.
This lively and entertaining collection begins with Wallace's own experience as a prodigious tennis player ("Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley"). He also challenges the sports memoir genre ("How Tracy Austen Broke My Heart"), takes us to the US Open ("Democracy and Commerce at the U.S. Open"), and profiles two of the world's greatest tennis players ("Tennis Player Michael Joyce's Professional Artistry as a Paradigm of Certain Stuff About Choice, Freedom, Limitation, Joy, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness" and "Federer Both Flesh and Not"). With infectious enthusiasm and enormous heart, Wallace's writing shows us the beauty, complexity, and brilliance of the game he loved best.
©2014 David Foster Wallace (P)2014 Hachette Audio
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
David Wallace was a master of his trade. I will venture that practically anyone will enjoy this book of five essays. I've read through it multiple times now and it's always entertaining. If you like tennis you will surely find this book to be a favorite. If you ever picked up "Infinite Jest" and weren't enthralled (as some of his fans are) don't worry, this is well written nonfiction essays, and it's a very engaging read.
Did learn a bit more about tennis organization and player quirks and finer points about why the greats are attain and maintain their amazing abilities but I mostly enjoyed the book just for its narration style and the stories David Foster Wallace has woven. Definitely a unputdownable book narrated wonderfully by Robert Petkoff.
Best so far. But to be honest I've only read (listened) to three.
The author is my favorite character because he is both informative, entertaining, and insightful. Okay, that's three, but still, it's a treat of a book for anyone remotely interested in tennis.
The narrator rocks.
Laugh out loud funny. And often.
He used a lot of footnotes which don't translate well into an audiobook. It felt like every couple of sentences the narrator would have to say, "footnote..." Which was very annoying. I didn't appreciate how he put down some tennis players on how they looked, as if they could help it. I'm glad audible has a return policy.
One of America's greatest, a fine tennis player as a young man whose prose and observations make this among the best sports books of American literature. Not since Halberstam's The Amateurs has a short book so beautifully illuminated a sport that it actually transcends sport itself. Wallace never intended these articles to be accumulated in an audiobook, but we are all the better for the efforts of Hatchette Book Group.
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