An Irishman moves to Mexico, falls in love with polo and the niece of a famous polo player. As his life begins to unravel in a polo competition, he comes face-to-face with corruption, dirty politics, racial discrimination and plain old greed. The protagonist realizes he must believe in himself to achieve victory. The stakes are high, and the odds are against him in one important showdown... a winner-takes-all polo game where he who dares, wins.
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By Alex Abiecal
Feb 28, 2012
Although I have been to the Yucatan several times, this novel depicts a whole different side to the region. When I go back, and I will, I want to find my own version of David, Stephen, Javier, Isabel and others. Their characters are vividly etched in my mind, and I wish them well. A great read, and more than that...this book gives you plenty of substance and leaves you informed--on more than one subject.
The Polo Affair is one of those books that you race through -- only to reach to final chapter and find yourself savoring every last sentence because you don't want it to end. Even though I am not a polo player (I don't even ride horses), I really enjoyed the polo component of the book. I've seen a few polo games in my life but have never understood them; Hennessy does a great job of not only explaining polo to the novice, but capturing the game's beauty and incorporating its fast pace into the pages of his novel. Mostly, though, I fell in love with the characters: their complex personalities and well-versed back stories. The author does a great job of introducing them to the reader, developing relationships, all the whilst weaving an intricate, riveting story line. I read this book while in Mexico, which was even more of a treat. Hennessy has a very deep understanding of (and obvious connection with) Mexico's country and culture, and takes great care to explain the details to the... More > reader. The book not only heightened my appreciation for Mexico, it actually contributed to my experience there. All in all, I loved the book. Great plot, funny, interesting, beautifully written -- I couldn't put it down!< Less
A real page turner, I did not work out all the twists and turns until the end. The polo part is excellent and a real insight to the sport, even if you know nothing about polo it is explained as you go without even realising it. I also think the book gave a great insight into Mexico. Well worth it.
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