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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Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King: The Turbulent Life of Eric Cantona
To ask other readers questions about Cantonaplease sign up. Refresh and try again. Auclair has obviously done his research – there’s a bunch of comments from people close to Eric and some quotes from the ,ing himself, although they’re recycled ones from old interviews rather than anything new.
Good biography of an unusual character. Both had power as well as flair, physicality as well as finesse. Whether or not you approve of Cantona’s on-field antics, or admire his post-football artistic activities, he remains a fascinating character, and one well-served by this hefty but consistently interesting portrait. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in klng final of the World Cup inand the poetry of the aould Rimbaud’ – Eric Cantona.
Jan 26, Andrew Murray rated it liked it Shelves: So, they look for spaces. Nov 30, Thiago S. Lists with This Book.
Cantona: The Rebel Who Would be King. By Philippe Auclair – Arsenal News Review
His journey from France, his parallel career with his national team and ultimately his exit from France to Leeds United in Even though I’m not a Manchester United fan, Eric Cantona is one of my all time favourite players and I was really excited to get the opportunity to read a book which was billed as revealing his innermost thoughts, and being the definitive account of his career.
Well, definitive doesn’t even begin to describe this book. Auclair’s book is intelligent and well written, certainly worth reading if you like football with flair, passion and panache, Eric had plenty of that!
I wasn’t familiar with his writings before but now I am a fan! Ian Grogan rated it liked it May 21, Wouldn’t place is on the top of the biographies with Agassi’s OPEN, but was definitely worth reading. Cantona is a very interesting character but this book certainly isn’t. One slight drawback was that the book was pretty much only about his playing career – to be honest I was quite glad to be spared the massive amount of boyhood memories that you find in some biographies; on the other hand it’s now twelve years since he’s kinf and he’s gone on to become thr film star and manager of the French beach soccer team – it would have been nice to read a bit about those things.
Instead of using simple guesswork, it analyses his state of mind and asks ‘why’ rather than judging.
A terrific account of the career of a footballing genius and an unmissable read for any fan of Cantona or Man. Sam Wallace Will soaring Spurs be brought back down to Earth by new stadium saga?
And of course, Auclair has been more detailed and done more actual research than most previous biographers – again, the English tendency had been to cobble together tabloid stories with a view to sales rather than accuracy.
Very few people truely know or understand Eric Cantona, a man as elusive as he is brilliant, but this book comes closer than any to explaining the motives and ambitions of the gallic genius.
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Aug 24, E. Critically, I’m sure that ‘Cantona’ will divide opinions on him more than ever and might even surprise the most ardent fan of the Frenchman. Brooks off to a flier. Auclair notes that any decision which went against him was considered by Cantona to be either ne or injustice”, but there persists throughout the book a sense of awe, which is — perhaps — justifiable. In most ways, I was really impressed by the book – it told me lots that I didn’t know about his time as a footballer and I particularly enjoyed the second half or so, about the time spent in England playing for Leeds and Manchester United.
That decision was made because of special circumstances which existed around him at that time. The research has been meticulously done, the prose is wonderfully written and Philippe Auclair’s insight is unique and refreshing. George Best, one of few candidates for comparison, said that he would gladly have given all the champagne he had ccantona drunk to have played alongside Cantona in a major European match at Old Trafford.
What else do we need to know about Eric Cantona? Well, first of all, Goodreads’ page count for this hardback edition is out by nearly as there are pages, rather than the it tells me there are.
If you are a Manchester United fan born inthen Eric Cantona is, and always will be, ‘the King’. Cantona was unique, and still occupies a special place in the heart of football fans everywhere even in Leeds, whom he left for United as one of the greatest bargains in football history. An engrossing and high-quality biography. Auclair is even handed about Cantona’s strengths and his accompanying weaknesses, his skewering of the mob reaction to Cantona’s attack on Matthew Simmonds at Selhurst Park is one of the stronger passages of the book, as is a section towards the end when Auclair ex Curiously a much better book than Auclair’s autobiography of Thierry Henry, possibly because Cantona is a much more interesting man than Henry and I speak as an Arsenal fan who loathes Manchester United with every fibre of my being!
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No trivia or quizzes yet. Ragnar Liaskar rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Cantona found his football and spiritual home at Old Trafford because Alex Ferguson “got him” in a way few managers before did. At Leeds United he transformed the team into title contenders, but became a true talisman at Manchester United, where to this day fans sing of ‘King Eric’.
So much more depth than the typical football bio. Cantona played for six different French clubs, making his international debut at twenty-one, before Many have tried to persuade Eric Cantona to write his autobiography.
Of the part I had the endurance to read, got one or two good anedoctes, the rest were endless senten Cantona is a very interesting character but this book certainly isn’t. Aug 13, Luke rated it rebell liked it. Maybe hundreds of man utd fans have just voted without reading it.
Sultan rated it liked it Jun 09, Jan 04, Richard Leeming rated it liked it. A blank stone, because what I would like to leave behind me kihg the sentiment of a great mystery.
Utd, he was the catalyst and cantnoa of a new football dynasty. A brilliant and unusual biography of a brilliant and unusual player. At the time it seemed to me that Cantona pushed Hughes forward another fifteen yards. Many of us watching his wonderful and bizarre career here felt that the key to his character was that he was, well, French arrogant, entrancing etcbut it’s fascinating to discover from a new biography by Philippe Auclair that the Wouldd found him enigmatic as well.