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A Season With Verona by Tim Parks
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A Season With Verona (2002)

by Tim Parks

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Really enjoyed this, football mixed with travel what could be better ! Very enjoyable ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 31, 2015 |
Tim Parks matkusti vuoden jalkapallojoukkue Chievo Veronan kannattajien mukana pitkin Italiaa. Parks ja muut kannattajat kävivät jokaisessa koti- ja vieraspelissä. Kirjassa kuvataan hyvin italialaisten intohimoista suhtautumista jalkapalloon, sillä se täyttää niin lehdet, tv:t, radiot kuin myös kahvipöytäkeskustelut. Myös kannattajakulttuurin negatiiviset piirteet tuodaan kirjassa esiin. ( )
  jlgr | Nov 18, 2014 |
I'm not a football fan, and this book didn't make me one. But it's fascinating, tells you a lot about day to day life in Italy, and gives you a massive vocabulary of italian swearwords. Dio boia! ( )
  Libra500 | Jan 30, 2012 |
I dont remember this book to well, although I do remember liking it. If your a soccer fan you'll love it. ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 9, 2009 |
A tough, and non too pretty look inside the world of football fandom (and corruption in Italian football). Ultimately Parks comes to understand the motivation of the fans, if not always condoning their sexism, racism and other uglier behaviour. ( )
  saliero | Feb 16, 2008 |
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Infame, i nomi no si scrivono!
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Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities. This is a highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people and its national sport. A book that combines the pleasures of travel writing with a profound analysis of one country's mad, mad way of keeping itself entertained.

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"After twenty years in the bel paese, Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on the conundrum that is national character." "A book that combines the tension of cliff-hanging narrative with the pleasures of travel writing, and the stimulation of a profound analysis of one country's mad, mad way of keeping itself entertained. At the end of it all the reader will be convinced that there is no boundary between ordinary life and sport. In Italy everything can be seen as a function of football and football is present everywhere and at every moment."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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