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Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game
     

Tennis and the Meaning of Life: A Literary Anthology of the Game

by Jay Jennings, George Vecsey (Foreword by)
 

The only book of its kind, Tennis and the Meaning of Life is a resplendent collection of the best fiction (and poetry!) written about this sport/obsession. The stories are hilarious and sad, whimsical and philosophical - and thoroughly saturated with the art of the game.

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The only book of its kind, Tennis and the Meaning of Life is a resplendent collection of the best fiction (and poetry!) written about this sport/obsession. The stories are hilarious and sad, whimsical and philosophical - and thoroughly saturated with the art of the game.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his introduction to this enjoyable pastiche of stories, novel segments and poems about tennis, Jennings admits that the title is ``exaggerated and ironic,'' but then goes on to express his hope that the book will explain the relationship of tennis to the meaning of existence, after all. It doesn't, but wide-ranging selections do reveal the meaning of tennis to its many fans, demonstrating how the game resonates with the undercurrents of life. Roger Angell's ``Tennis,'' for instance, is a vision of a suburban father-son struggle for dominance on the courts that comes to a sharp and beautifully simple revelation, while Irwin Shaw's ``Mixed Doubles'' explores a marriage through the perceptive eyes of a disenchanted wife. In a lighter vein, humorous pieces, like Ring Lardner's dialect-mangling ``Tennis by Cable,'' are numerous and most welcome. A lengthy passage from Lolita suffers from being unmoored from its context, however, as do other novel excerpts. Few of the 24 poems match the quality of the 22 prose selections. One exception is Galway Kinnell's On the Tennis Court at Night (``We step out on the green rectangle/ in moonlight; the titles glow,/ which for many have been the only lines of justice...''). While this collection won't convert nonbelievers, it's a good bet for the faithful. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156004077
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/25/1996
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
420
Sales rank:
1,326,256
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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