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Book Title: Eleven Seasons|
The author of the book: Paul D. Carter
Edition: Allen & Unwin
Date of issue: May 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781742697086
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.12 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.5
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Three and a half stars.I admit I am a huge AFL (Australian Football for those of you overseas) fan. Though I follow a different team to Jason Dalton, the character in this book who has a passion for the Hawthorn Hawks , there was enough detail included for me to remember watching some of those players talked about on TV. Being a footy tragic I found this emphasis on football made the book highly readable.
Jason is a boy from inner city Melbourne who lives in a rundown place with his mother who is a nurse and works long hours. The result is that Jason is largely left to fend for himself much of the time. It is the story of his mother Christine who has had a hard life and dreams of getting a place of their own in the Dandenongs. As for Jason? He is no good at school and has low self esteem, except when it comes to football. Then he thinks he can take on the world. The reader can feel how closely he is wrapped up in his footy heroes and his acute disappointment when he plays and his mother doesn’t get to the games, not even when he wins his first best and fairest.
The book follows Jason as he gets older, starts work, drops out of school, gets in with the wrong crowd and manages to make more than his share of mistakes. This is not a pleasant book to read as it is filled with language and sexist attitudes. It is a gritty and realistic novel about a boy growing to manhood and the friends good and bad, he makes as he struggles to make sense of his life. The reader feels for him when he says “figuring out what to do is like trying to see though a closed door.’ It is also a novel that shows passion and talent is not enough. To become a top footballer also requires commitment and dedication. Does Jason, known as ‘Dalts,’ have it? I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to read the book to find out.
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Read information about the authorPaul D. Carter was born in Melbourne and spent much of his youth going to Collingwood Football matches with his Dad and brother, Marcus. In 2001, Paul completed a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Deakin University and, in 2008 completed a PhD while writing Eleven Seasons. In writing Eleven Seasons, Paul was able to integrate his own experience of growing up in Melbourne in the 1980s with his keen interest in modern Australian history. He is especially interested in the sociological aspects of AFL and sport in society, in particular its sometimes fraught relationship with women. Paul currently teaches English and Creative Writing to secondary students in the western suburbs, as part of the Teach for Australia Programme.
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