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Blessed: The Autobiography by George Best

Blessed: The Autobiography

by George Best

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Despite my careful collation of a reading list I ended up reading the George Best autobiography, 'Blessed'. I think the title was ironic. He died shortly after it was completed. I imagine due to a relapse into alcoholism. I enjoyed the bits about football and anecdotes about him as a young triallist for Manchester United just going back home without kicking a ball as he was homesick. But football was only a small percentage of his life - and the book. The blurb promised a confrontation with his 'demons' but his is a very unreflective story. He hated talking about his feelings and his biography is a one dimensional cycle of blackouts, car crashes and sex with beautiful women. Even the fact that his sister emigrated to apartheid South Africa is mentioned without remark. Occasionally a door opens a crack. For example he talks about the famous story when a room service guy is clearing up around his hotel bedroom. George is in a bed strewn with money and empty champagne bottles. Miss World is in the bathroom and room service guy asks, 'Where did it all go wrong?' As told on the chat show circuits it is a well polished anecdote about what a different game and a different order of success George was playing to. In the book though he concedes that the guy may, after all, have had a point. George Best spent much of his life depressed and ill with the outward trappings of success. The book doesn't look at why or even considers the damage his behaviour causes. Who knows it's even possible Miss Worlds may have had human feelings. ( )
  jefffromclapham110 | Jan 9, 2014 |
Thourily ejoyed this read along side hard tackles and dirty baths, which was more about the best era where this book is pure Best and again represents a journey through the life of a troubled genius, the like of which the UK is so good at producing. Seems to leave no stone unturned, unlike other biographies and charts the good and the bad. If only he could have graced the world cup at his peak. ( )
  jigwagigiggs | May 3, 2008 |
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George Best was blessed with an extraordinary gift; he brought beauty and grace to soccer never before seen. But he was unable to cope with the success and fame his genius brought and his life story is littered with tales of women, sex and, of course, drink. George Best here tells his own dramatic and inspiring story.

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