Expatriate Games

Expatriate Games

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When Dave Fromm graduated from college with good grades and high LSAT scores, he planned to apply to law school. But he actually wasna€™t that sure he wanted to go, at least not right away. A few years earlier, hea€™d been to Prague for a weekend, and played a game of pickup basketball there. And he was a decent basketball player, though not good enough to make the team at Boston College either time hea€™d tried out. So he did the kind of thing wea€™d all do if we had the guts (and a foolhardy sense of determination) a€“ he moved to Prague, even though he didna€™t speak Czech, or know anyone whoa€™d been to Prague, or if they had basketball leagues there, much less professional leagues, much less if they let foreigners play. Expatriate Games is Dave Fromma€™s touching and amusing memoir of the year (1994) he spent playing basketball for TJ Sokol Kralovske Vinhorady, a Czech semi-pro team. Throughout, Fromm, a self-proclaimed a€œgym-rat, a€ struggles with his teammates, the European style of play, and the language barrier. But miraculously, Fromm describes how despite the struggles the team came together, a girl appeared, and he was introduced to a side of Prague most foreigners cana€™t--a Prague full of ghosts and back alleys and a people simultaneously embracing and reeling from transition.The Skoda was a manual transmission androde heavy, and on thecobblestones we rattled without pause, but just sitting behind the wheel mademe feel like I could fly. Wedrifted through the back streetsof Prague 3. Tomas was nervousanbsp;...

Title:Expatriate Games
Author:David Fromm
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2013-12-13


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