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The Olympian

Glanville, Brian

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ISBN 10: 0436181053 / ISBN 13: 9780436181054
Published by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd, New York, 1969
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1969 Hardcover 1ST . 287 p. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76624124

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Title: The Olympian

Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd, New York

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1ST.

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The Olympian is Ike Low, a young Cockney miler who is taken up by the eccentric, dominating coach, Sam Dee and turned into a world champion but at an immense human cost.

The author himself writes, 'The Olympian can be read as an allegory, or as s straightforward story of an outstanding Cockney miler and his eccentric demanding coach. Ike Low, at the end, can be seen as a doomed Icarus, while the obsessional, deeply self-centred life of the international athlete has an almost Faustian quality. . . So Ike Low, groomed and driven by Sam Dee, his implacable coach, is at once hero and victim.

On first publication in 1969, this novel attracted deservedly extravagant praise both in the UK and USA:

'His tale is brilliantly told, rushing to a wildly exciting climax at Ike's second Olympic effort in Tokyo. And it is also as serious an effort as anyone has made to explore the tortures and indecisions of the totally dedicated athlete . . . He has picked (Ike) apart, found the delicate balance wheels inside and arrived at a tortuous, ironic absurdity. This absurdity races head and head with the sheer force of the narrative, right to the powerful, puzzling conclusion of this fine novel.' Pete Axthelm, Newsweek

'One of the best sports novels of all time. No one who is seriously interested in sports or in modern fiction should miss it.' Bill Perkins, National Observer

'Sheer unadulterated, unalloyed pleasure! How rarely that comes from a novel that is also first-rate.' Richard Lister, Evening Standard

'The Olympian is a polished technical achievement, convincing in detail and affect.' William Trevor, The Guardian

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A true classic in sports literature. With the author's introduction to the new edition.

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