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May 2, 2024

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Raay Saga
Genre - Memoir
Publishing year - 2024
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-92279-63-8
Pages - 442

Racket Boy by Philip George with Geetha K

Book Review - 

In Racket Boy Philip George extends an invitation to journey alongside him from his modest beginnings in Malaysia to the tranquil landscapes of Tuscany, Italy. His memoir is a tapestry woven with threads of resilience, transformation, and the relentless pursuit of identity against daunting odds.

At its heart, George's narrative is a rebellion against the stifling expectations imposed by his father. Rather than succumbing, Philip harnesses his love for badminton as a catalyst for exploration and self-discovery. 

His odyssey spans continents, from the intricacies of English law practice to the kaleidoscope of cultures in India and Spain. Yet, amidst the whirlwind of diverse locales, he grapples with the fundamental questions of who he is and where he belongs.

Through George's anecdotes with Geetha K's vivid storytelling, readers are transported to the verdant landscapes of Malaysia and the rustic allure of all the places he's been to. His prose delicately balances historical context with personal introspection, offering readers a front-row seat to the highs and lows of his journey.

At the narrative's core stands Philip George - whose resilience, adaptability, and unyielding pursuits of fulfillment inspire readers like me. His encounters with his Indian father, coaches, friends, and colleagues, leave an indelible mark on his path toward self-discovery.

Structured chronologically, the book maintains a brisk tempo, each chapter unveiling fresh insights and adventures. However, some readers may find themselves bogged down by the minutiae of certain passages, weighed down by a plethora of names and details that disrupt the narrative's flow, which makes it a slow-paced read.

Yet, despite these occasional detours, this book retains its grip, brimming with moments of vulnerability and triumph. This book is a compelling read for anyone seeking inspiration in the face of adversity and the promise of redemption in the pursuit of one's true calling. Join the voyage of a clueless immigrant and discover whether he ever found his true home.

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