[ read online books ] A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert EnkeAuthor Ronald Reng – Bilb-weil.de

Why Does An International Footballer With The World At His Feet Decide To Take His Own Life On November The German National Goalkeeper Robert Enke Stepped In Front Of A Passing Train He Was Years Old Viewed From The Outside, Enke Had It All Here Was A Professional Goalkeeper Who Had Played For A String Of Europe S Top Clubs, Including Jose Mourinho S Benfica And Louis Van Gaal S Barcelona Enke Was Destined To Be His Country S First Choice For Years To Come But Beneath The Bright Veneer Of Success Lay A Darker Story In A Life Too Short, Award Winning Writer Ronald Reng Pieces Together The Puzzle Of His Lost Friend S Life Reng Brings Into Sharp Relief The Specific Demands And Fears Faced By Those Who Play Top Level Sport Heartfelt But Never Sentimental, He Tells The Universal Tragedy Of A Talented Man S Struggles Against His Own Demons A beautiful book, about a short life in sport, but much about life than sport Robert Enke committed suicide following a severe bout of depression, but it would be such a shame to let that define him, and this book sets out to understand what came before the tragedy.The author, a journalist and friend of Robert Enke, looks deeply, but never intrusively, into Enke s history to reveal the all too human side that may otherwise be missed when a celebrity takes his or her own life I certainly never thought much about professional footballers having anything other than a bit of a gilded career, but I doubt I ll look at them the same way after reading this It never crossed my mind that a professional footballer, or any other sportsman for that matter, would look forward to a game with anything other than sheer relish for the performance to come I d heard the occasional tale of footballers throwing up with nerves before a big game, but never really believed them I believe them now This book takes you into the nerves, the anxiety, the doubt and the self loathing that can come from the pressure of trying to play at the top level of sport Despite this, the book isn t depressing or downbeat in itself On the contrary, the simple and almost sparse prose probes into the life of Robert Enke with a sensitivity and near objectivity that doesn t ask for your sympathy but elicits it nonetheless Robert and his family come alive through the pages, but never larger than life despite their situation A hero to many, Robert Enke here becomes writ large only in the depiction of his struggle with depression.The book carries you toward the end with a rising sense of foreboding as Robert is trapped behind a fog of hopelessness that nobody can reach him through The author manages to convey just how difficult it is, and how frustrating and terrifying it can be, for those who d love to give help and support, but become frozen out as the illness takes a grip Sad, moving and sometimes quite frightening, this is not an easy read but is a very worthwhile one. The author Ronald Reng deserves a lot of credit for this book The way he describes depression and how it affects Robert will strike a cord for anyone who has ever been afflicted by this cruelest of diseases.Robert Enke comes across as a humble, likeable and kind hearted person who never came close to understanding what a truly special person he was.Even though the reader knows that Robert committed suicide his death still feels like the worst kind of sucker punch at the end.Highly recommended. Let me begin by saying up front that I have bipolar disorder manic depression and so I know a thing or two about what Robert Enke must have gone through, but I also respect that depression is personal and the way it effects people and how sufferers respond to it are never the same from person to person.I don t know anything about Ronald Reng but he clearly has a deep understanding of the depressive illness and how it can make people feel not just the person with the depression both physically and mentally but the people around them, from loved ones to work colleagues and casual acquaintances His fluid style means the book unfurls like a work of fiction, although we are of course, never left in any doubt that it is an all too true and tragic story.Whether you like football or not Whether you have heard of Robert Enke or not Whether you can bring yourself to care about Robert Enke or not please, please read this book.I often feel myself bristle inside when I hear people talk about feeling so depressed, when they simply mean they feel a bit low or are having a bad day It s not a problem, I tell myself, it s just a word But that s the trouble, it is just a word, a word that people associate with that state of feeling a bit low Bad days We all have them Monday morning blues So the word has become diluted and this means that when someone is genuinely knocked out by clinical depression, people do question the illness what s wrong with them They ll get over it Stop being so bloody selfish Look on the bright side As one reviewer has already said, he wanted to give Robert Enke a shake and tell him to snap out of it, there are people far worse off.I felt Reng has done an excellent job of describing Robert Enke s depression as a medically recognised illness Sufferers know that there are millions of people in the world far worse off than them, they realise that they have a comfy life compared to say front line soldiers or African mothers walking miles for dirty water, so why do they feel this bad Why can everyone else cope with life and they can t And you sink lower and lower Hate yourself and Reng brilliantly lays out these thought cycles.As I ve said depression effects everybody differently Mental illness effects as many people as cancer and yet it is still a taboo A sign of weakness for all too many people There is no universal cure, what works for one person will not even touch the sides of somebody else s problems Robert Enke died believing that for him there was no cure Anybody who thinks that a depressive will ever respond to a good shake should be made to read this book from cover to cover, that way Ronald Reng s gifted friend will not have died in vein. Has to be one of the most captivating sporting read ever Yes its sad, tragic however, the quality of how Robert s life is told captures your attention and ultimately your heart An excellent mix of sporting triumphs, lows with the mental impact of a man s struggles, the most captivating sport biog ever read