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 by Philippe Auclair – book review

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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.

Jun 01, Adam Whitemore rated it it was amazing. It is literally enthralling to know that at the heart of it, Tthe was a football journeyman who finally found his spiritual home in England.

Eric Cantona: the rebel who would be king

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sam Wallace Will cantlna Spurs be brought back down to Earth by new stadium saga? Marrying a deep knowledge of Cantona’s impact on the pitch with soulful, pin-sharp insight into the heart and inner thoughts of this most complex of characters, this is nothing less than the definitive biography of a one-time rebel of the French game, who rose to be the King of Old Trafford.

Achievements and controversies are reported equally – and vitally, with the context that cantna English reports often omitted.

No trivia or quizzes yet. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Michael rated it it was amazing Jan 09, So, they look for spaces. There’s also an insight into the infamous kung fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan and the response to that.

However, Philippe Auclair shows excellent balance throughout this meticulously documented archive of Cantona’s life – up to his ‘death’ in – and combines it with marvellous, free-flowing prose A superbly crafted narrative on the life of one of the most misunderstood characters in the wpuld of football.

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Mar 22, Mohd Farid Scott rated it really liked it. Fantastic insight into a grossly misunderstood footballer.

Mar 18, David Miller rated it really liked it. And of course, Auclair has been more detailed and done more actual research than most previous biographers – 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.

Published October 21st by Macmillan first published August 6th Want to Read saving…. 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. Wouldn’t place is on the top of the biographies with Agassi’s OPEN, but was definitely worth reading.

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 dantona view to sales rather than accuracy. Maybe hundreds of man utd fans have just voted without reading it.

Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King: The Turbulent Life of Eric Cantona by Philippe Auclair

Auclair’s book is intelligent and well written, certainly worth reading if you like football with flair, cantlna and panache, Eric had plenty of that! However, Philippe Auclair shows excellent balance throughout this meticulously documented archive of Cantona’s life – up to his ‘death’ in – and combines it with marvellous, free-flowing prose that makes the book an absolutely delightful read, despite the amount of dry detail it contains.

May 08, Rohit Pahari rated it it was amazing. Mohamed rated it really liked it Nov 01, Fawzi Halimi rated it it was amazing Aug 06, The Rebel Who Would Be King leading French football journlist Philippe Auclair has interviewed over key protagonists in Cantona’s career, searching for the man behind the myth.

Auclair writes this in such a way that it does not feel like a biography of a famous personality but tue historical or psychological piece on one of history’s great characters. I give it 2. Nov 30, Thiago S. Arsenal had won it in and but Manchester United had not won it since Mark Hughes loved to receive the ball with his back to goal and give it back — we could combine in small spaces.


Open Preview See a Problem? After interviewing people over three years, Philippe Auclair is able to give us thd broad picture and well as a detailed narrative.

Refresh and try again. See more book details 19 February Auclair notes that any decision which went against him was considered by Cantona to be either “stupidity or injustice”, but there persists throughout the book a sense of awe, which is — perhaps — justifiable.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Ed Gutteridge rated it it was amazing Oct 22, The author comprehensively and convincingly rubbishes the ghosted earlier autobiography — in which Cantona himself seems to have had little interest — and establishes this book as the likeliest text on which future historians of the game may base their judgment of this extraordinary man.

He writes in English, and trusted his editors to remove the inevitable outbreaks into hyperbole, which they have done without removing any of the character of the prose. An excellent book about a complex character.

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I think it helps that the author is a fellow Frenchman, who can cantlna Cantona’s Marseille background in cultural and social terms that most English biographers would not bother with. 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.

When Cantona went from Leeds to Man. Dec 28, Smh rated it it was amazing. An engrossing and high-quality biography.

Both had power as well as flair, physicality as well as finesse. Charlie Eccleshare Wenger mustn’t moan at fans – he and players only have themselves to blame. Five books; five good reads. What else do we need to know about Eric Cantona?