Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks

About the Book

An eccentric wager finds Tony Hawks, a man who loves an unusual challenge, bound for the little-known Eastern European state of Moldova. His mission: to track down members of the country's football team and persuade them to play him at tennis. The bizzare quest ultimately has little to do with tennis or football, but instead turns into an extraordinary journey involving the Moldovan underworld, gypsies, chronic power shortages, near kidnap, and a surprisingly tender relationship with his host family.

My review:
From the moment I picked up this book I was drawn in. It might help that I'd just been lucky enough to see the man himself talking about it, but I think it would have been hard to put down anyway. 
Every character is described in a way that suggests Tony really understands how they tick. They are real people, who feel like they might jump out of the page at any moment.
Its amazing how many events manage to come together in this one book. There's never a dull moment as Tony pursues his quest. Sometimes its even hard to believe that it is real- surely at least some of it is fiction?! But real it is, providing a good insight into a pretty much unknown world alongside its hilarious turns of event.  
Hilarious, inspiring, and revealing, this book is a must for anyone wanting a lighter read.  

Action Reader's Action: 
 Use an atlas to find a country that you don't know much about. Make it your mission to discover more about it.

What's the most exotic place you've ever traveled to?

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