Many have tried to persuade Eric Cantona to write his autobiography. He never will. Philippe Auclair has interviewed every key player in Cantona’s life to. Buy Cantona Main Market by Philippe Auclair (ISBN: ) from Start reading Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King on your Kindle in under a . Most people would agree that a great biography of Eric Cantona could never be written by a British writer. The task required a sophisticated.

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Anyone who liked this would almost certainly also enjoy The Boss: Apr 03, Priyank Acharya rated it really liked it. Jan 26, Andrew Murray rated it liked it Shelves: Many have tried to persuade Eric Cantona to write his autobiography. My only cxntona with the last part of the book is that it skims over his last season very quickly. Book now for Christmas.

I have to accept that sometimes, this fire does harm. The game becomes more fluid, more surprising. A superbly crafted narrative on the life of one bw the most misunderstood characters in the history of football. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. So, they look for spaces. Auclair has obviously done his research – there’s ge bunch of comments from people close to Eric and some quotes from the kjng himself, although they’re recycled ones from old interviews rather than anything new. But that passage serves as a useful marker for the book as a whole – it’s a short passage which doesn’t do more than raise an extremely interesting critical question, Auclair is unable to get any answers.

I wasn’t familiar with his writings before but now I am a fan!

Utd, he was the catalyst and foundation of a new football dynasty. Interesting read about one of football’s true recent legends. Jammy Wenger smuggles 3 points out of Liege.


Cantona by Philippe Auclair

He manages this whilst keeping the reader enthralled in the narrative. May 08, Rohit Pahari rated it it was amazing. You can read more book reviews or buy Wokld As someone who knew little about Cantona’s career prior to his arrival in England, the sections dealing with his early career were particularly interesting and informative.

Brough’s guide to racing a winner. Auclair notes that any decision which went against him was considered by Cantona to be either “stupidity or injustice”, but there persists throughout whho book a sense of awe, which is — perhaps — justifiable.

First off, this book is my introduction to Philippe Auclair. However, Philippe Auclair shows excellent balance throughout this meticulously documented archive of Cantona’s life – up to his ‘death’ in – and combines it he marvellous, free-flowing prose that makes the book an absolutely delightful read, despite the amount of dry detail it contains.

It is literally enthralling to know that at the heart of it, Eric was a football journeyman who finally found his spiritual home in England. Instead of using simple guesswork, it analyses his state of mind and asks ‘why’ rather than judging.

Eric Cantona: the rebel who would be king

Cantona is a very interesting character but this thw certainly isn’t. Yes, both of them are French but that’s about it. Fawzi Halimi rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Nov 30, Thiago S. No trivia or quizzes yet. Five books; five good reads.

But listing issues apart, this is a very good book. Victor Ward rated it liked it Jan 12, This is not a platform to defend his actions, nor pour scorn on them, but a chance to present his career in facts rather than tabloid hyperbole.

From the off, you get the who’s who of football punditry out and aloud. Aug 24, E. Mar 07, Dould rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Auclair is even handed about Cantona’s strengths and his accompanying weaknesses, his skewering of the mob reaction to Cantona’s attack thee Matthew Simmonds at Selhurst Park is one of the stronger passages of the book, as is a section towards the end when Auclair examines how carefully calibrated Cantona’s rebel image given the commercial revenue it earned him.


He can be imperviously imperturbable to impetuously impetus in a split second! If you are a Manchester United fan born inthen Eric Cantona is, and always will be, ‘the King’. United had not won the title since Books by Philippe Auclair. Arrogant, gifted, mercurial, entrancing, infuriating, creative, violent — it is hard to think of a single player who could have inspired such descriptions in the modern era. Personal tools Log in. Highly recommended for every football fan.

When Cantona went from Leeds to Man. For all the heat and noise surrounding his infamous Crystal Palace ‘kung-fu kick’, it is for the sheer exuberant beauty of his play that Eric Cantona is chiefly remembered by English football fans. Auclair, a French football writer based for many years in England, spent three years researching the book, conducting interviews and synthesizing the results into a compelling narrative, occasionally interrupted by typically Gallic appearances by the author himself.

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