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Title: A Rain of Dollars. "Playing God: The Rise and Fall of Gary Ablett" by Garry Linnell and "Bob Rose: A Dignified Life" by Steve Strevens. [review]
Authors: Matthews, Brian Ernest
Keywords: Australian
Book Reviews
Brian Matthews
Australian Football League
Peter Rohde
Western Bulldogs
Ricky Nixon
Wayne Carey
Tony Lockett
St Kilda
Nyah West
John Wren
Bill McMaster
Tom Hafey
Malcolm Blight
Rob Astbury
Paul Couch
Dwayne Russell
Billy Brownless
Marilyn Monroe
Port Melbourne
Fred Cook
Damon Runyon
Alan Horan
Alisha Horan
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Matthews, Brian 2003. A Rain of Dollars. Review of "Playing God: The Rise and Fall of Gary Ablett" by Garry Linnell and "Bob Rose: A Dignified Life" by Steve Strevens. 'Australian Book Review', No 254, September, 17-18.
Series/Report no.: No 254
Abstract: Bob Rose epitomised all that was good about the era he played in; and he survived and triumphed over its pitfalls — everything from bog-muddy grounds and generally antediluvian player conditions through to a species of on-field violence now unheard of. The most appalling family tragedy simply brought out another level of his extraordinary personal, as distinct from well-known physical, gifts and capacities. Ablett’s is a terrible story, but it is not the only dark note in "Playing God", even if it is the most resonant. Just as Strevens refuses to romanticise the now legendary past in which Bob Rose had his hour, so Linnell is, by fairly clear implication at least, unimpressed with the corporate culture of modern football, the sometimes predatory behaviour of the media and the clubs’ ambiguous capacity for on the one hand callousness and on the other a dangerous, reality-denying protectiveness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/597
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 254 - September, 2003

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