Brilliant Orange

Brilliant Orange

The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer

Book - 2008
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If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to the most enduring arts, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely cerebral form of soccer--Total Football--that led in 1974 to a World Cup finals match with arch-rival Germany, and more recently to a devastating loss against Spain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delight observers around the world. As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shared ancestry with Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Rembrandt's The Night Watch, and maybe even with Gouda cheese.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, c2008
ISBN: 9781590200551
Branch Call Number: 796.334 WIN
Characteristics: x, 288 p. ; 20 cm


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Feb 14, 2014

If you love futbol (soccer) and find the Netherlands interesting, as I do, this rates 4 stars. Deduct a star for each of those interests you don't share with me. At it's best this book describes the Dutch philosophy of total football and it's beauty and finds paralells with the Dutch social philosophy. At it's worst, it gets a little repetitive in going over certain moments over and over again. Winner's research was exhaustive and reveals a lot about the Dutch character, although I recommend a grain of salt with his most emphatic conclusion.

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