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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
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Fever Pitch (original 1992; edition 2005)

by Nick Hornby

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Title:Fever Pitch
Authors:Nick Hornby
Info:Penguin (2005), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:nonfiction, football, soccer

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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (1992)

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Nonostante il calcio che imperversa. Grazie a Stefano che mi ha fatto conoscere Nick Hornby partendo proprio dal libro che in potenza mi sarebbe dovuto piacere meno. ( )
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
A life chronicled in football matches
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
FAR, FAR better than the recent movie which claimed to have been based on this book, but which if it had been, would have instead centered on a fan of British Football (i.e., "soccer") rather than Bo-Sox BASEBALL, for cripe's sake. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Great book even for the non Arsenal fan. I can totally associate with Hornby's frustrations and joys. One of the few football based books that all fans could read and enjoy. Great to re-live the 80's ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 6, 2015 |
Just the type of book I love. Nick Hornby is the master of coming of age psychological dramas, what does it mean to be a man in this day and age is answered in most of his books. I am thankful for his honest and insiteful journey he shares in his books. ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140293442, Paperback)

In the States, Nick Hornby is best know as the author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, two wickedly funny novels about being thirtysomething and going nowhere fast. In Britain he is revered for his status as a fanatical football writer (sorry, fanatical soccer writer), owing to Fever Pitch--which is both an autobiography and a footballing Bible rolled into one. Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year--the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved "way beyond fandom" into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: "Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive." Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasizes that even if a girlfriend "went into labor at an impossible moment" he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle.

Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir--there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v. Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: "Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about." But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with "its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems."

Fever Pitch reveals the very special intricacies of British football, which readers new to the game will find astonishing, and which Hornby presents with remarkable humor and honesty--the "unique" chants sung at matches, the cold rain-soaked terraces, giant cans of warm beer, the trains known as football specials carrying fans to and from matches in prisonlike conditions, bottles smashing on the tracks, thousands of policemen waiting in anticipation for the cargo of hooligans. The sport and one team in particular have crept into every aspect of Hornby's life--making him see the world through Arsenal-tinted spectacles. --Naomi Gesinger

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:33 -0400)

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A humorous memoir by an obsessed British soccer fan captures the intensity of a sports lover who measures his life in seasons rather than years.

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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140293442, 0141045493, 0241950198, 0141391812

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