Meanwhile, Corey, who has an easy grace with girls and considers himself a writer and artist first and a basketball player second, can barely be taxed with trying in class. High schoolers there attend Abraham Lincoln High, known all around the East Coast for its outstanding basketball teams, where players see the sport as their way out of the projects. One is that it never faces up to the fact that the writer has a place in the story. The Last Shot now has - like from the same year - a thick layer of irony. They live in the bad projects of Coney Island, New York. In the summer of 1991, Darcy Frey — then a 29-year-old freelance writer — ventured into the Coney Island projects, looking for a story. Some like to read a book, go out for a walk, hang out with friends, and Russell Thomas likes to go to the park and play basketball.
In The Last Shot, Frey explains that a physical altercation with his girlfriend led Darryle to believe his college prospects were now nonexistent, and that his future was kaput. Frey paints Coney Island as a desolate community where drugs and violence rule the day. I started getting a sick feeling in my stomach towards the end. There was no sugar coating, and that tactic worked well for this nonfiction novel. Sometimes the character that experiences one or many of those things is, even with full textual explanation, too far removed from the reader to be appreciated on a human level. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Despite the efforts of some dedicated faculty members, socioeconomic conditions have put academics down the priority list. The book was about 4 people growing up in the Coney Island Projects. As these kids are in school they are going to parks after school and play basketball. Then there was these young men who The last shot by Darcy Frey is a classic nonfiction book of a little town called Coney island which is a place of desolation and despair where the only hope came from men who are gifted at playing basketball. He has won the National Magazine Award which is considered the most prestigious prize for magazine.
Follows him through leading events to the outcome of his tournament at the Empire State Game. Hearing their dreams deferred even just their desire to leave Coney Island is a sad and powerful experience. He is immensely intelligent and has a work ethic matched by hardly anyone in his zip code. This book is raw and real. We get to feel what the four boys feel, and struggle as they do.
. I think that the writing is of very high quality because the author uses different dialects in his writing which gave another layer of depth to the book. The book is captivating from beginning to end but for different reasons. I was thinking about the young boys in my future class. It follows four high school boys who live in a very run down urban area on Cooney Island.
This book turned out to be something way different; it's like the movie , but for basketball. But, still, the author's moral dilemma, if it even rises to that level, must have made the writing of this book a bit uneasy. Has there ever been a time when you realized you had to get your life together? I liked how the book really highlighted the troubles that were faces, and while the book is about basketball it is also sending messages and themes that I think everybody can relate to. He follows them in their daily routines and listened to what they had to say about basketball, school and life. And yes, Barnes actually performed the quarter-behind-the-ear trick.
It reads more like a first draft of a weak doctoral dissertation than it does a novel about high school athletes who find themselves stuck inside of the manipulative and cutthroat industry of college recruiting. A neighborhood obsessed with basketball and dangerously little room to imagine much else. Ούτε καν μια ρομαντική εξιστόρηση για τις θυσίες που πρέπει να κάνουν αυτά τα παιδιά για να καταφέρουν να γλιτώσουν Ο διακεκριμένος δημοσιογράφος Darcy Frey πέρασε το 1991 9 μήνες στις συνοικίες του Coney Island κ έζησε από κοντά τις ζωές 4 νεαρών μαθητών που χάρις στο μπασκετικό τους ταλέντο έψαχναν διέξοδο απ'την σκληρή ζωή που τους περίμενε αν δεν κατάφερναν να βρουν υποτροφίες σε κάποιο πανεπιστήμιο. Frey's writing is lyrical and highly personal. This story is about boys who want to make something of themselves, people who want to take their talent further.
It was downright devastating to read those final pages. That's something the author only partially admits to. There are times where these students put themselves in dangerous situations just to get where they want to be in life. They are not characters, they are not young black men, they are not basketball players--they are very clear people he is writing about. The relationship between academics and basketball at Lincoln high was a very personal one. While the stars of their high school team, each young man portrays their excellence and puts their city on the map and raise money to make it a better place. Quit reading the crap Oprah recommends and check out this book.