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Sooley: A Novel door John Grisham
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Sooley: A Novel (editie 2021)

door John Grisham (Auteur)

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Titel:Sooley: A Novel
Auteurs:John Grisham (Auteur)
Info:Doubleday (2021), 368 pages
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Trefwoorden:read 2021

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Sooley door John Grisham

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A good story of a Sudanese teen who becomes a US basketball star. Good Grisham writing, but since I know zip about basketball, the sports parts were wasted on me. The parts of living in a refugee camp, etc., was eye opening. ( )
  LivelyLady | Oct 6, 2021 |
I enjoy John Grisham's writing and often find myself lost in his books whether it's a legal thriller, nonfiction, or sports novel. I also often find myself let down at the end. Sooley fit the mold to a T (basketball pun).

The story is of a young South Sundanese basketball player but it's also the story of his family living in danger in Africa while he is living well on a North Carolina college campus. In many ways the novel felt formulaic, lots of predictable outcomes and all of the emotions in play: joy, success, pride, failure, grief, and loss. Sooley's support system is incredible from coaches to friends to other adults.

And there's basketball. Lots and lots of basketball. I am a basketball fan so I enjoyed the play by play of many games, the craziness that is March Madness, and the sports reporting that can be so over the top. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Sep 21, 2021 |
I enjoyed the first half of this book then got delayed in reading and had a hard time getting back into it.

Samuel Sooleymon is a young man in South Sudan with incredible basketball skills. This story takes him from the Sudan to the United States where he becomes a famous basketball player. Along the way, he is "handled" by agents, befriended by an American family, and deals with the pressures of fame and money. Much of this book (especially in the second half) tells of specific games.

The entire book seems to provide a narrative of behind the scenes of not only collegiate basketball but professional basketball as well. Not always a pretty picture.

The most interesting parts of the book, I felt, were about his family in the Sudan - soldiers, killings, etc. and life in a refuge camp. The book is a strange juxtaposition of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. ( )
  maryreinert | Sep 18, 2021 |
This is a beautiful human interest story and even non sports people will like. Sooley from South Sedan is picked to play basketball for the Under 18 team in the US. While playing in the states, his village is wiped out and he doesn't know if any of his family is alive or not.
GrIsham does an excellent job with the historic aspect of this story. I loved how Grisham told the NBA draft procedure and how college students are enticed to drop out of school to enter the draft. ( )
  travelgal | Aug 12, 2021 |
Grisham created a lovable character then killed him off. I felt like it was a real let-down after taking us along on Sooley's journey to success. ( )
  DrApple | Aug 6, 2021 |
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