The Damned Utd

The Damned Utd➢ [Epub] ➜ The Damned Utd By David Peace ➬ – Overachieving and eccentric football manager Brian Clough was on his way to take over at the country's most successful and most reviled football club Leeds United home to a generation of fiercely comp Overachieving and eccentric football manager Brian Clough was on his way to take over at the The Damned eBook ´ country's most successful and most reviled football club Leeds United home to a generation of fiercely competitive but ageing players The battle he'd face there would make or break the club or him David Peace's extraordinarily inventive novel tells the story of a world characterised by fear of failure and hunger for success set in the bleak heart of the s. During my gap year I worked as a nanny My ward was a tremendously shy and emotionally inhibited young boy One of my tasks was to take him to watch Chelsea FC play The first game we went to together was an evening kick off What I remember is the otherworldly green of the grass under the floodlights the almost phosphorescent white glow of the chalk lines But most of all what I remember is the uninhibited joy of my ward when Chelsea scored We became the best of friends after that evening While I can’t say I’m at all interested in reading about football I am interested in David Peace because he’s a writer I greatly admire He’s something of an original a great stylist who likes making fiction of fact He’s written about the Miners’ strike the Yorkshire Ripper and a serial killer in post WW2 Japan Here he turns his attention to the legendary football manager people’s champion and outspoken maverick Brian Clough The novel has two timelines Clough’s phenomenal achievement of winning the championship with a small and ailing club Derby County and his subseuent job at the tremendously successful but universally hated Leeds Utd Peace does a fantastic job of ventrilouism in appropriating what feels like an authentic voice for Clough Peace’s familiar fragmented hypnotic prose style is present in which he gives his prosaic cataloguing of detail a dark poetry through his mastery of cadence and rhythm “Saturday’s come with Saturday’s stink The sweat and the mud the liniment and the grease The steam and the soap the sewer and the shampoo”The novel is both fabulously humorous and poignantly tragic It's a brilliant character study of hubris of a man being his own worst enemy It’s also clever how emotionally involved Peace gets you in the results of each new football game But with Clough it wasn’t just about winning it was winning in style that mattered He wanted and needed to be loved by the working people He wanted to be a kind of Robin Hood At heart it’s a novel about the little man fighting and being defeated by the complacency and corruption of the establishment A remarkable piece of historical literature that just so happens to be centred in the world of English footballDavid Peace is clearly an exceptionally talented writer of semi noir stories His Red Riding uartet being the darkest bleakest deepest black that the modern take on the genre gets And on the face of it a fictional tale of a high profile sports personality from 1970s England doesn't automatically lead you in that direction His portrait of Brian Clough however ticks the majority of the boxes reuired of a noir protagonist and it is this portrait that lifts this novel head and shoulders above all other books about football and perhaps even as The Times said in its review every novel ever written about sportForty four days in the life of a disturbed genius Forty four chapters of self loathing and doubt interspersed with examples of his brilliance and an almost biographical look at how it was that Brian Clough came to be in the position he found himself in It plays out with a sense of inevitability the kind of relentless and futile struggle that you might find in such classic B movie noirs as Detour and the kind of psychological study of human nature that wouldn't be out of place next to the great names of 20th century literature like Graham Greene perhapsPeace really finds Clough amongst these words contrasting his speech patterns with his inner monologue to enhance the troubled genius aspect of him a constant repetition of words and phrases highlighting the driven nature of the man and again this skill is what marks Peace out as the award winning talent that he isWhilst this is a fictional tale it is based on fact and extensive research it becomes easy to villify the designated bad guys thanks in no small part to the talent of the author; and it is this that got both him and his publisher in to legal trouble after publication After losing a libel case certain sections were removed from editions published after 2008 I was very happy to find myself in posession of a 2007 printing and read with great interest keen to discover what exactly was no longer deemed suitable for publication I must say I thought it a bit soft Johnny Giles really doesn't come off too badly especially not when compared to the conflicted drunken genius of the main characterThe movie adaptation was also very good but to my surprise on reading the novel painted Clough in a much friendlier light Whilst I enjoyed the movie it didn't really give you an insight in to the inner workings of the man and only really touched on the turmoil of his mind when compared to this book Both are excellent on their own meritsThis was a very easy read addictive to the point where I have put off all other activities where possible today to allow myself the pure pleasure of reading this novel without interruption Highly recommended for fans of powerful character studies as well as all those football fans impatiently waiting for the new season to start 810Having read Brian Clough's autobiography a number of years ago I've always been intrigued by the man and his achievements fair to say he was a uality player and a uality manager This book focuses on his worst management period where he took over Leeds United the previous league winners and a team who he had berated in the press for their style of football and lack of discipline To say this was a poor management choice is uite the understatementThe narrative weaves between the 44 turbulent days Clough was in charge of Leeds but also his successful period running up to the job where he gained promotion and won the league with Derby County before alienating himself with the board and forcing himself into retirement It's literally split every other half page so some could be irritated by this narrative style but I liked it Especially come the end where it could be seen how he was forcing the playing staff of Derby to give the new manager a hard time due to his circumstances and his time at Leeds where he was facing the hard time from their players The book can be a bit over indulgent in the profanities which doesn't bother me but eventually I noticed it which means it was in there a lot It's not a totally fair reflection on the Leeds players and Clough as this is a fictionalised account of the events but it's got the general gist right The parts where the author clearly emphasised the drinking problem for effect is purely that and not what really happened at that time according to his wife who probably knows than the author but it foreshadows what would eventually be his downfall This was turned into a film which I've seen and really enjoyed anyone with a slight interest would do well to watch that This isn't the whole story of Clough merely a dark chapter the man is a legend of English football and his life really was uite extraordinary I'd be happy to re read his autobiography after this outing Having once briefly worked with Cloughie in the late 1970s when I was promoting a series of football talk ins and he guested 'Shave your beard off young man' were his first words to me and having enjoyed the uncannily accurate characterisation of this controversial figure on film by Michael Sheen I was particularly interested to catch up with David Peace's fictional portrayal the novel that inspired the filmSo glad I did Peace nails the self obsession the paranoia the manipulative but compelling speech and eccentric behaviour and above all the sheer neediness of the man who set out deliberately to create his own legend and came close to being destroyed by the ghost of another Don RevieThroughout we live in Cloughie's tortured mind first person voice for the Leeds episodes constantly switching to second person for Derby and other scenes of the past It's an uncomfortable lodging but the very best place to explore his troubled psyche and it does not restrict Peace who brilliantly illustrates the seedy shambling low level corrupt and amateurish nature of 'professional' football in the 1970s and colourfully recounts the tale of Clough's 44 day tenure as Leeds United managerThis is a fascinating story seared by truth and a great character study powerful dramatic and original than any sporting biography or autobiography you are likely to read 'ghosted' or otherwise It may not be as the cover claims 'the best novel ever written about sport' Peace's own list of sources and acknowlegements throws up a couple of contenders for that title but it's certainly in the running A biographical account of Brian Coughs tenure at Leeds United told from he’s point of view it’s an insightful look at that ill fated spellOf course there’s some liberties taken with the story but I felt it helped gives an idea as to why he’s spell at Leeds didn’t work outThe story includes flash backs from both he’s playing days and previous managerial jobsI uite liked that he’s time at Brighton was included That the story would read as brilliant as it is to a stubbornly romantic football fan like me was expected That Peace's writing would go all the way down a dark haunting decadent poetic road with such elegance and soul such music was not Apparently Brian Clough was an impossible person He was arrogant and he was angered He wouldn't take criticism He was vengeful and bitter Perhaps unforgiving Definitely annoyingAnd he was isolated isolated isolated It nevertheless didn't feel like he was alone The Damned Utd effectively avoids the cliché of yet one novel about withdrawal and how we fill our misery Brian Clough didn't need to fill his misery because his faulted heroic nature was shadowed by his ambition It’s in almost every page of this book that you can feel the demons in his mind being threatened by his obsession to excel It didn't always work but when it did another page of glory was added to the history of the sport Engaging Brian Clough with empathy was probably a challenge back in the day But this book isn't trying to make you like Clough anyway because it doesn't need to Brian Clough’s character is larger than the book itself Constantly flirting with self destruction he is determined to give rise to his own legend With memories of his successful years at Derby County he is set to exorcise the dark legacy of his predecessor at Leeds United football club Don Revie Nice and clean Through work and painful honesty No blue suits No dossiers No bingo and no bowls No ritual walks around the traffic lights or lucky routes to this bench in the dug out No envelopes full of cash No gamesmanship or cheating – Just football Just football Only this book isn't about just football Because Brian Clough doesn't believe in God But he does believes in doubt He does believe in fear Because David Peace winked to the 60s and the 70s with style and made it so I am writing this two years after I actually read this book The reason I remembered this book is nothing than Leicester's glorious rise to the top this season which has been nothing less than a fairy taleWell Derby's rise was nothing less than a fairy tale either only made possible by the genius of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor They took a team hanging by the threads struggling at the bottom of the second division to the top of the first division Why? Because of Clough's obsession with Don Revie of courseThis book explores Clough's inner demons his rise to glory his obsession with Revie and Leeds United and his subseuent failure as Revie's successor at Leeds The plot is nothing short of a top notch drama novel in itself Clough did go on later to win double European Cup with Nottingham Forest now Champions League but that is another storyGo take a read to experience of one the greatest sports stories ever told Or just watch the movie really Its great in itself with a spectacular performance by Michael Sheen Forget the movie this came first It's the best damn book looking inside the mind of a single human being I've ever read An obsessive man an anxious man worrying and fretting about the same things over and over again as Peace writes a human mind as non linear set of concentric circles closing in on itself The language and voice drive you through this book and you come out the other end knowing this character better than you know yourself You don't need to know anything about football either to enjoy it It is powerful stuff and maybe not for everybody but I have no problem recommending it It will forever remain on my all time top ten listHaving just reread it in 2019 I see nothing to change my mind I will be talking about this and two other books in detail on the Papertrail podcast which will be broadcast in April I'm probably being harsh with my star rating because it is a tremendous feat writing from inside Brian Clough's head Unfortunately it is terribly repetitive and after the first 100 pages which are uite an exhilerating read becomes boring With a pace as fast as ol big ed's mouth and as much fags and booze as a working man's club this is the no holds barred story of how Brian Clough went to Leeds United And left in no time flat On his 1st meeting with the team he told them they had won the previous league through cheating and they should just throw their medals away because with him they would win it fairly From there it went rapidly downhill helped along by a fair amount of boardroom backstabbing and dressing room betrayal So that's the history and it makes a fairly amusing story but probably not enough for a book Unless you are David Peace and you plant yourself inside ol big ed's big ed Memories motivations and ego collide to give an insight into one of football's few true geniuses As with Peace's other work this fictionalised account of real events is propelled by dialogue plucked from the air and thrown on the page with no concern for anyone's sensitivities Close your eyes and you can hear Cloughie return from the grave but open them again so you can finish the book Juxtapose this with the story of Clough's previous meteoric managerial success and you have a great read What happened after Cloughie left Leeds is as the cliche goes history Hartlepools Derby County and Nottingham Forest can testify to the wonders that Brian Clough could achieve given the right support More fool Leeds Damned Leeds The Damned United

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  • Paperback
  • 420 pages
  • The Damned Utd
  • David Peace
  • German
  • 22 March 2015
  • 9783453676091