Stillness and Speed- a review by @DazzledChica10
Having read the book in record time, I have decided to try my hand at writing a book review. Please don’t be too critical of it as it is the first time I have attempted this.
So what is the book about?
Well it is pretty much what it states on the cover, it is Dennis’ story ranging from his childhood through to his playing career. It also talks about his family and touches on what he is currently doing.
There were many parts of the book that I enjoyed; my favourite however has to be about the Arsenal years. As a Gooner reminiscing about years gone by made me smile and relive some of the first Arsenal trophy winning memories I have. I was quite young when Bergkamp joined Arsenal so reading about the process was enlightening; prior to reading all I remembered for myself was seeing him revealed as an Arsenal player on the news.
Reading the autobiography was enlightening as it dwelled into Dennis’ life and what Dennis is like as a person. Throughout his career he has been a private person, one never to be in the public eye and kept himself to himself. This book allowed his fans to get to know him through himself and not through rumours or snippets of information that the media have managed to get their hands on. This came from the original source. After reading the book it is clear that Mr Bergkamp is a great person, he works hard and doesn’t take his skills or talent for granted. He has worked extremely hard from childhood to get to where he is today and he continues to improve his skills.
The one thing I admire about Dennis in this book is that there are periods of his career where he has not got on with managers or fellow players as well as one would like. However he does not slate them off in the book, he is respectful and even let’s said people air their views in the book. Dennis doesn’t necessarily agree with their opinions but agrees to disagree.
The book is a must read for any avid football fan, many of my friends whom are not football fans frowned upon my book choice when they saw what I was reading. Truth be told Stillness and Speed gripped me from the beginning and I couldn’t stop reading, I was starting to wish my commute to work was longer! The book could have continued for another 300 pages and I would have continued reading with such vigour.
This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in football. Whether you are young and weren’t around or remember Dennis as a player but have an interest in football legends and history then this is a book you must read. Or if you are of the older generation and watched Dennis play and enjoy football books then I cannot recommend this enough. Even if you are not an Arsenal fan, this book would still be interesting to anyone who follows the sport.
I would rate Stillness and Speed a 5/5 and urge anyone that enjoys reading about football and footballers to have a gander.