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The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong (Hardback)
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The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 05/09/2013
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LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK AWARD 2013 To spin or not to spin? - that is the metaphysical question. When a mortifying defeat to his teenage son rekindles his lifelong passion for table tennis, keen philosopher Guido Mina di Sospiro sets out to learn the game properly. Guido's love for spinning a feather-weight ball takes him from his local ping-pong club, populated by idiosyncratic players with extraordinary stories to tell, to training drills with a world-class coach. This seemingly harmless game also leads him into sticky situations in the CIA headquarters and the ganglands of Washington, D.C. Woven throughout his ping-pong epiphany are philosophical ruminations on Plato and Aristotle, metaphysicians and empiricists, Jung's dark shadow, Sun Tzu's war tactics, the I Ching, and much more. As Guido's journey takes him from Big Sur to a nail-biting showdown in China against a string of elite players, he finds ping-pong can teach us a surprising amount about life.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224092166
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 326 g
Dimensions: 206 x 139 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Like nothing I've ever read and all the more wonderful because of it, this is a non-fiction masterpiece which deserves a position on the sports writing podium" -- Ben Keenan * Press Association Syndication *
"Fast-footed, inspiring book about winning the inner game of life in sport" -- Iain Finlayson * The Times *
"Erudite, experimental and engaging, Mina di Sospiro has given us a work that breaks new ground in sports writing. Whether or not you ever pick up a paddle, The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong provides an initiation into a visionary life, igniting the fires of inspiration through an intriguing intimacy with the mysteries of daily life that is available nowhere else" -- David Metcalfe * Daily Grail *
"An enthralling guide to the mystery, mastery and practice of ping-pong" -- Eric Idle
"Excellent" * Publishers Weekly *

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