Fever Pitch Hb



❰BOOKS❯ ⚡ Fever Pitch Hb Author Nick Hornby – E17streets4all.co.uk This is a book about identity, belonging, obsession about afternoons in the driving rain and bitter cold and glorious, unforgettable goals getting your head read in Hampstead and punched at Highbury t This is a book about identity, belonging, obsession about afternoons in the driving rain and bitter cold and glorious, unforgettable goals getting your head read in Hampstead and punched at Highbury the dazzling skills of the gods of football and leaving your girlfriend lying fainted on the terraces because Arsenal are about to score It s about the moments of ecstasy in one man s life And his pain And it s about the only true question there is Which comes first, Football or Life.Fever Pitch Hb

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E M Forster Award and the winner of the Orange Word International Writers Fever Pitch MOBI :ò London Award Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books A film written by Hornby, An Education shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim was the lead movie at the Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim Hornby lives in North London.

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  • Nick Hornby
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  • 11 January 2017
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  1. says:

    First Hornby I ve read managed to avoid the brief college craze after High Fidelity came outbut now wish I hadn t.My roommate lent me this book after it came up randomly in a conversationas I approach 30 and sports fandom becomesridiculous proportional to my age, I find myself having to defend my enthusiasm for baseballandBeing in Europe probably has something to do with this too In fact, discussing my love of baseball generally turns into an argument for against the l First Hornby I ve read managed to avoid the brief college craze after High Fidelity came outbut now wish I hadn t.My roommate lent me this book after it came up randomly in a conversationas I approach 30 and sports fandom becomesridiculous proportional to my age, I find myself having to defend my enthusiasm for baseballandBeing in Europe probably has something to do with this too In fact, discussing my love of baseball generally turns into an argument for against the legitimacy prominence of professional sports in our lives generally, and this inevitably leads, in my current context, to pointless self righteous circle jerks about football hooliganism Suddenly I m being handed a book about an English football fan.At any rate, I find Fever Pitch to be cogent defense of passionate sports fandom, with all the sheepish acknowledgments of occasionally overdoing it that this obviously requires It is thoughtful, well written and funny, and describes the windy path of a personal professional life as it develops alongside and sometimes in direct relation to the game to game, season to season drama of FC Arsenal in London.Now, I am nowhere near as crazy and obsessed a Twins fan as Hornby is an Arsenal fan, but to the extent that I nonetheless have to hear questions like can you go a day without talking about baseball fairly frequently, I feel personally identified with his sometimes indignant self defense Now instead of trying to explain in the same old tired ways what is so exciting about baseball which is obviously barking up the wrong tree in the first place considering the glaze that appears in any interlocutor s eyes the moment you use the word strategy, much less intense personal struggle , I can just recommend this book and let the chips fall where they may.You either understand it or you don t

  2. says:

    This is a complicated book On the one hand it is a highly personal look at the shortcomings of one man and or should I say because of his obsession with a British football soccer team, seemingly so narrow in scope that I have a hard time thinking anyone but an Arsenal fan would enjoy it On the other hand, it just might be the greatest sports book ever written, enabling those who don t get sports to understand how and why certain people they love can care so much about a bunch of grown m This is a complicated book On the one hand it is a highly personal look at the shortcomings of one man and or should I say because of his obsession with a British football soccer team, seemingly so narrow in scope that I have a hard time thinking anyone but an Arsenal fan would enjoy it On the other hand, it just might be the greatest sports book ever written, enabling those who don t get sports to understand how and why certain people they love can care so much about a bunch of grown men running around chasing after a ball I want to recommend this book to everyone I know, but with the caveat that they will probably not enjoy it Hey you should read this I think you ll hate it Fever Pitch is Hornby relating his struggle as a die hard sports fan in his case soccer , and what an unmerciful, miserable, and ultimately inescapable experience it truly is To love a sporting team is to know the constant, dull ache of suffering at best punctuated by fleeting moments of triumph, at worstendless, bottomless despair The prevailing sentiment carries over well to other sports and it comforts me, when I find myself wondering why the mis fortunes of 11 or 9 or 22 strangers affect me so much, to know that someone out there shares and understands my pain In the end, it s not even a sports book, not really Fever Pitch is about obsession the ease with which we fall into it as well as its smothering intensity Ostensibly a book about soccer, in reading it you can recognize the traits of that person in your life, perhaps yourself, who loves anything just a little too much

  3. says:

    Just an okay book which is disappointing from this author I expectedThere were hints of his usual entertaining writing style and at least having grown up in the same time frame in the UK I did know some of what he was talking about However his descriptions of his obsession were actually very sad and he came across as a rather shallow and unlikeable individual I think I would have liked to hearabout his life and less about who kicked which goal at which match whenever I have to s Just an okay book which is disappointing from this author I expectedThere were hints of his usual entertaining writing style and at least having grown up in the same time frame in the UK I did know some of what he was talking about However his descriptions of his obsession were actually very sad and he came across as a rather shallow and unlikeable individual I think I would have liked to hearabout his life and less about who kicked which goal at which match whenever I have to say his memory for all those unnecessary details was bordering on scary Not his best book in my opinion

  4. says:

    I love this bookthan I can express I read it for the first time after a particularly painful baseball season Mariners expelled from the playoffs by demonic Yankees and I ve probably read it every year since I m actually reading it again right now because I am painfully baseball deprived until spring training Now I realize that it is not actually about baseball specifically and please, never speak to me about the Americanized movie starring Jimmy Fallon because I will cry and shriek I love this bookthan I can express I read it for the first time after a particularly painful baseball season Mariners expelled from the playoffs by demonic Yankees and I ve probably read it every year since I m actually reading it again right now because I am painfully baseball deprived until spring training Now I realize that it is not actually about baseball specifically and please, never speak to me about the Americanized movie starring Jimmy Fallon because I will cry and shriek but sometimes it s the only thing that can make me feel like part of the universe again after my brain has been completely taken over by baseball fanaticism and I need to come down In a review of Moneyball, Nick Hornby said this I understood about one in four words of Moneyball, and it s still the best and most engrossing sports book I ve read for years If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode For me that completely applies to Fever Pitch, but substitute English football or as I like to say, soccer for baseball The ridiculous, futile, completely self inflicted pain of being a sports fan is universal If you like this book at all, and even if you re a Red Sox fan no, especially if you re a Red Sox fan, do not ever watch the American movie There s a perfectly pleasant and enjoyable British movie that stars Colin Firth, and you can probably find it on Netflix It s very satisfying, and it doesn t insult the entire world of sports by shoving Drew Barry and David Ortiz together

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    The football season ended with a huge sense of relief but almost instantly I was in pain at the thought of June and July, those two months of the year when I have to fill my mind with thoughts other than when are Arsenal playing next What time of the night do I set my alarm for The two months without football are the worst of the year Not least because now that I am living in Australia, as opposed to England, it s also winter It felt like the perfect time to finally revisit one of the book The football season ended with a huge sense of relief but almost instantly I was in pain at the thought of June and July, those two months of the year when I have to fill my mind with thoughts other than when are Arsenal playing next What time of the night do I set my alarm for The two months without football are the worst of the year Not least because now that I am living in Australia, as opposed to England, it s also winter It felt like the perfect time to finally revisit one of the books I ve enjoyed most in my life, the memoirs of Nick Hornby, the now celebrity Arsenal fan and writer of lit light novels that get turned in to not bad movies.Having initially read this book in 1994 at the age of 12, before my world changed in so many ways and before professional football in England changed in so many ways I was curious as to how Fever Pitch would stand the test of time and how accurate my memory of it was And I am happy to report that I enjoyed as much, if not , now than I did then but most likely for different reasons.The anecdotes are often hilarious and the observations of people and especially obsession fandom fanaticism are incredibly accurate, at times it felt like somebody actually understood why I behave the way I behave, these things that I always struggle to put in to words to justify myself to those people who just can t understand my chosen passion or the effect it has on me It s not just a game to me, no matter how often well meaning people try to console me with that cliched line and perhaps now I can hand them this book and they will understand.From an anthropological perspective this is an invaluable text, its a fabulous historical document also and as entertainment it fulfils its purpose and then some but most of all it s a marvellous source of pride for us, the fans of The Arsenal that something so highly thought of is on its surface about us and not some other bunch of lillywhites or oil rich zillionaires playthings.It didn t make the wait for the new season any easier but merely served to heighten my anticipation and expectation for when it finally arrives

  6. says:

    I have been an Arsenal supporter for the past 12 years I have seen the ups and downs of the football team, I have shared their glory, I have shared their pain They have given me days where I would not have wished to be anywhere else, and they have given me days where I wondered why I got hooked onto them It has been a fan s journey, and it is going to continue to be, as I find myself in one of my biggest love hate relationships Nick Hornby has been on this path since 1969 While this book wa I have been an Arsenal supporter for the past 12 years I have seen the ups and downs of the football team, I have shared their glory, I have shared their pain They have given me days where I would not have wished to be anywhere else, and they have given me days where I wondered why I got hooked onto them It has been a fan s journey, and it is going to continue to be, as I find myself in one of my biggest love hate relationships Nick Hornby has been on this path since 1969 While this book was written during the 1991 92 season, it is still the narrative of someone who has lived a fan s life forthan two decades It is a thought which I dread, and yet one I know I will have to experience too Fever Pitch does not tell me in any way that things would get better, infact it does the opposite but what it lets me come to terms with is the fact that I will not be walking out of this relationship, that I am in it for the long term, and that I am not alone Fever Pitch is a riveting book written from the heart by Nick Hornby who talks of the journey that Arsenal took since he started following the English football club, and how events on the field intermingled with events in his personal life Arsenal back then were not even as exciting as they have been post the book s publication, so it really must have been something to support the club then Fever Pitch talks about the club s heroes and villains of those years, and it talks about the events that went around in the football world then, be it hooliganism or the Hillsborough tragedy But this book, as the author himself states, is not about the football as such, but its consumption The turmoil that it can bring to a hardcore fan, the amount of significance it can assume for some, is something that can be mocked or respected Nick Hornby asks you to do neither, nor does he care He writes about the way things are, not about how they should have been He writes his narrative with ease, mixing it with moments of dark humour, while also dwelling on the serious issues Fever Pitch is a book that should be read by any Arsenal fan It should in fact be read by any sporting fan The emotions in the narrative will strike a chord and make you nod your head repeatedly, for you have been there too for you too would be loving something so much that it hurts

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    NB I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Program, but that has not affected the content of my review.I wanted to like thisthan I did I ve read several of Nick Hornby s novels, and as I generally enjoy reading about sports and I enjoy memoirs and humor, I figured this book would be a gimme for me But sadly, it wasn t To say that Nick Hornby was obsessed with football soccer is an extremely large understatement And like all people with true obsessions, if yo NB I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Program, but that has not affected the content of my review.I wanted to like thisthan I did I ve read several of Nick Hornby s novels, and as I generally enjoy reading about sports and I enjoy memoirs and humor, I figured this book would be a gimme for me But sadly, it wasn t To say that Nick Hornby was obsessed with football soccer is an extremely large understatement And like all people with true obsessions, if you let them, they will talk in excruciating detail about the object of their obsession, and they will talk about it endlessly, sure in the knowledge that the subject of their fascination is so interesting that whoever is listening can t help but appreciate every last bit of detail they can provide you with Chances are, if you haven t been on the receiving end of that kind of informative onslaught, you ve been the one doing the talking or wanting to do the talking I have been both whoops The funny things is, listening to someone or reading their writing about something they are well informed at or skilled at can be pleasurable But there s a fine line between giving them information that will keep them interested and giving them so much it threatens to drown them Unfortunately, I think that s what happened here, for me Hornby talks about soccer with a level of detail that assumes his reader already knows what he s talking about He talks about soccer in a way I didn t know it was possible to talk about soccer There were times entire sentences meant nothing to me because the words or concepts he was using rang no synaptic bells whatsoever And that was frustrating, especially so because the rest of the book was very good Hornby ties his soccer obsession in very nicely to his relationship with is father, his childhood, growing up It s also a very funny book Hornby is unflinchingly aware of not only the negative and positive effects of his obsession on his own life, but is also extremely self aware and reflexive about it He talks about his love for soccer, and specifically his loyalty to his team, Arsenal, not as something he chooses to love, but which he literally can t help but to love, even if he doesn t want to At times, it seemslike loathing than anything else It s actually pretty fascinating I just wish the lengthy bits about soccer had been a little less impenetrable 3.5 stars

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    I just finished reading this book for the second time The first time I read it, I probably would have given it five stars something about the glimpse into Hornby s world enthralled me, but then I wasn t quite as familiar with the lifestyle of being a Premiership fan as I am now Set up as a series of essays, Fever Pitch depicts the life of a man who is much, muchthan a casual Arsenal fan, while much less than a hooligan It caters to everyone who finds themselves in between those two d I just finished reading this book for the second time The first time I read it, I probably would have given it five stars something about the glimpse into Hornby s world enthralled me, but then I wasn t quite as familiar with the lifestyle of being a Premiership fan as I am now Set up as a series of essays, Fever Pitch depicts the life of a man who is much, muchthan a casual Arsenal fan, while much less than a hooligan It caters to everyone who finds themselves in between those two descriptions As I was reading, I found myself at times nodding in affirmation as he described his emotional state during key moments in his lifetime At other times, though, his experiences and observations were foreign to me since I am an American, for example, it is difficult for me to understand a lot the nuances between fan bases for different clubs which seemed second nature to him As a result, I felt Hornby came off unintentionally judgmental during certain portions of the book, though I got the feeling that someone who has been an fan of footy in Europe for longer than I have could confirm some of the perceptions and, to an extent, stereotypes that he portrayed.The book is very introspective Hornby is the main, and really the only character, though it is his relationship with his dad which drives the story in the beginning and his relationship with his girlfriend which drives it toward the end In a sense, Hornby is discovering the depths of his own passion as you go along There is a great self awareness at play here, and at some points I felt like Hornby was describing me instead of himself

  9. says:

    I first discovered Fever Pitch when I first discovered Nick Hornby years back we read one of his novels for book club I got it at that time and have been waiting for the right time to read it Last week when I was thinking of which book to read next, Fever Pitch leapt at me I thought it was the perfect time to read it, with the World Cup on Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby s account of his life as a football fan In the book, he talks about how his father took him to his first football matc I first discovered Fever Pitch when I first discovered Nick Hornby years back we read one of his novels for book club I got it at that time and have been waiting for the right time to read it Last week when I was thinking of which book to read next, Fever Pitch leapt at me I thought it was the perfect time to read it, with the World Cup on Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby s account of his life as a football fan In the book, he talks about how his father took him to his first football match when he was around eleven years old and how by the end of the evening he had fallen in love with the game The football team he fell in love with was Arsenal and in most of the rest of the book he talks about Arsenal s ups and downs over the next twenty five years, how he was part of it as a fan, how his life as an Arsenal fan was entwined with his life outside football and how during this same period he became a teenager, graduated from high school, went to college, had a girlfriend for the first time, how football affected his relationship with his mother, father, stepmother and half brother He also talks about what it means to be a loyal obsessive fan of a particular team Hornby also explores the changes that have occurred in football from the time he started watching the game till the time he wrote this book He also talks about many of Arsenal s important matches and some matches involving other English clubs The whole book is structured as a compilation of accounts of a series of matches through which Hornby explores the above themes I loved Fever Pitch It is Nick Hornby s love letter to football, and his love for the game shines through in every page There are beautiful lines and passages in every page which delight and warm one s heart My highlighting pen didn t stop working Football is not my favourite sport cricket and tennis are I follow football only during the quadrennial World Cup But while reading this book, I almost wished I was a football fan, an obsessive one Though Hornby mostly talks about players that I haven t heard about the only known names I encountered were Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, George Best, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Linekar, Pele, Johann Cruyff as the book covers mostly English club football from 1968 to 1992 the descriptions of those times, the players and the matches was so beautiful and vivid, that they transported me to those times and made me feel that I was watching the scenes that Hornby was describing When Hornby gushes about Liam Broady, I felt that I was there in the Highbury stadium watching Broady playing for Arsenal, making beautiful moves in an important match Hornby s humour shines through in every page and there were many passages which made me smile and laugh I wish I had read this book when I was younger I would have become a lifelong football fan Fever Pitch is fan s beautiful ode to football It is the most charming, passionate book in football that I have ever read Maybe, not even football It is probably one of the most passionate accounts of any sport ever written by a fan It is a book I will be reading again If you are a football fan, this is a must read I will leave you with some of my favourite passages from the bookBrady was a midfield player, a passer, and Arsenal really haven t had one since he left It might surprise those who have a rudimentary grasp of the rules of the game to learn that a First Division football team can try to play football without a player who can pass the ball, but it no longer surprises the rest of us passing went out of fashion just after silk scarves and just before inflated bananas Managers, coaches and therefore players now favour alternative methods of moving the ball from one part of the field to another, the chief of which is a sort of wall of muscle strung across the half way line in order to deflect the ball in the general direction of the forwards Most, indeed all, football fans regret this I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we used to like passing, that we felt that on the whole it was a good thing It was nice to watch, football s prettiest accessory a good player could pass to a team mate we hadn t seen, or find an angle we wouldn t have thought of, so there was a pleasing geometry to it , but managers seemed to feel that it was a lot of trouble, and therefore stopped bothering to produce any players who could do it There are still a couple of passers in England, but then, there are still a number of blacksmiths Like everyone, I have lamented long and loud the deficiencies of the English game, and the permanently depressing ugliness of the football that our national team plays, but really, deep down, this is pub speak, and not muchComplaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear it misses the point somehow, and this is what Alan Durban understood that football is an alternative universe, as serious and as stressful as work, with the same worries and hopes and disappointments and occasional elations I go to football for loads of reasons, but I don t go for entertainment, and when I look around me on a Saturday and see those panicky, glum faces, I see that others feel the same For the committed fan, entertaining football exists in the same way as those trees that fall in the middle of the jungle you presume it happens, but you are not in a position to appreciate it Sports journalists and armchair Corinthians are theIndians who knowthan we do but in another way they know much, much less One thing I know for sure about being a fan is this it is not a vicarious pleasure, despite all appearances to the contrary, and those who say that they would rather do than watch are miss the point Football is a context where watching becomes doing not in the aerobic sense, because watching a game, smoking your head off while doing so, drinking after it has finished and eating chips on the way home is unlikely to do you a whole lot of Jane Fonda good, in the way that chuffing up and down a pitch is supposed to But when there is some kind of triumph, the pleasure does not radiate from the players outwards until it reaches the likes of us at the back of the terraces in a pale and diminished form our fun is not a watery version of the team s fun, even though they are the ones that get to score the goals and climb the steps of Wembley stadium to meet Princess Diana The joy we feel on occasions like that is not a celebration of others good fortune, but a celebration of our own and when there is a disastrous defeat the sorrow that engulfs us is, in effect, self pity, and anyone who wishes to understand how football is consumed must realize this above all things The players are merely our representatives, chosen by the manager rather than elected by us, but our representatives nevertheless, and sometimes if you look hard you can see the little poles that join them together, and the handles at the side that enable us to move them I am a part of the club, just as the club is a part of me and I say this fully aware that the club exploits me, disregards my views, and treats me shoddily on occasions, so my feeling of organic connection is not built on a muddle headed and sentimental misunderstanding of how professional football works This Wembley win belonged to me as much as it belonged to Charlie Nicholas or George Graham, and I worked every bit as hard for it as they did The only difference between me and them is that I have put inhours,years,decades than them, and so had a better understanding of the afternoon, a sweeter appreciation of why the sun still shines when I remember it Have you read Fever Pitch What do you think about it

  10. says:

    I came to Fever Pitch in a slightly roundabout way I m seeing someone with a couple of Nick Hornby books on her shelf, and feeling I had read some rather poor books recently and that few of my ways to book recommendations were leading me to books I enjoyed of late I had been thinking of giving Hornby a go I still procrastinated it for a while, but I was thinking fondly, recently, of my experience with Jonathan Tropper and I happened to see something online comparing the two.So I looked u I came to Fever Pitch in a slightly roundabout way I m seeing someone with a couple of Nick Hornby books on her shelf, and feeling I had read some rather poor books recently and that few of my ways to book recommendations were leading me to books I enjoyed of late I had been thinking of giving Hornby a go I still procrastinated it for a while, but I was thinking fondly, recently, of my experience with Jonathan Tropper and I happened to see something online comparing the two.So I looked up Hornby ons Kindle store, and resolved to sort by highest customer rating and read whatever bubbled to the top I didn t expect it to be Fever Pitch, at least not once I understood that it wasn t a novel and was therefore not quite what I was hoping for But, I decided, what the hell My own judgment wasn t leading me to good choices lately anyway.The result was mixed Fever Pitch isn t a complete autobiography of any sort It s a memoir about being a soccer obsessive, and specifically an Arsenal obsessive If you re mentally upbraiding me for calling it soccer and not football, please don t bother The English coined the term soccer in the first place, and sneering at it is an ugly, particularly tribal sort of anti American derision I use it here where I might use football elsewhere because it permits no confusion and because the bulk of my Goodreads friends are American Hornby is not a soccer fan in the same way you might imagine if you aren t well acquainted with the game He is a die hard, the sort for whom soccer results are deadly serious and apt to overshadow any other news, good or bad He comments early on that the book is therefore primarily for either obsessives like him or people on the outside who want to know what it s like to live with such an obsession I am neither, really I count myself a soccer fan, and support a couple of teams in different leagues I appreciate a beautiful play as much as anyone, and a victory for my side does put me in a better mood But I don t live and die by results and I don t have or want the sort of recall necessary to remember the squad from a decade ago or the particulars of a match from someone else s Cup final I lack both the proximity and the distance he describes.So here is where the trouble begins for me The book is not long, some 270 pages or so, but it s consumed, as I now know Hornby to be as well, with details It makes it a bit of a slog at times, lacking the obsession particularly with Arsenal, who are not my team to really care about minor details Hornby has an essentially simple thesis I am a diehard Arsenal supporter and here is evidence of my obsession and he runs into a fundamental contradiction I don t care enough to want to read all of these match details, but did he not feel compelled to include all of them it would undermine his own thesis The result is that I enjoyed myself a fair bit for perhaps 50% of the book, and then I was ready to be done.Another recurring issue for me, and I will have a caveat about this in a moment, is that Hornby is an unrelenting homer He has to be for the book to make any sense, but it s aggravating nonetheless Here comes the caveat if I remember correctly, this book was written around 1991, long before I paid any attention to professional soccer Hornby is convinced that Arsenal are universally hated and perennially cursed with terrible fortune Perhaps it was true then I really don t know, but I doubt it But Arsenal have finished very near the top of the league for years now, manager Ars ne Wenger is famous for doing very well with alimited budget than his peers, and among the people I know they draw far less hatred than Manchester United, say, or Chelsea Hornby endured years of failure and Arsenal have won the league only three times in his life Cry me a fucking river To this West Ham supporter, whose team has never, ever won the league despite its storied history and famous academy system, this seems like an awful lot of whining Hornby names West Ham as a much loved club even among fans of other teams in my time supporting them we have been among the most universally reviled sides in the English system Perhaps my own homerism is clouding my judgment, but having seen them written up alongside a lot of generally neutral descriptions by thoroughly unaffiliated writers as a bunch of cheating Cockney bastards nobody likes, I really don t think so Again, of course, a lot can and has changed since 1991 But the persecution complex wears a bit thin.On a technical level, the book is executed well enough Hornby strings together a sentence just fine, and he is candid about the many ways in which his behavior and thought processes are thoroughly ridiculous.I feel okay about Fever Pitch, but I don t know that I can recommend it to a general audience If you have an interest in soccer it s an interesting look at a true obsessive, and makes me feel better about my own interest in the game It also tells me very little about whether I ought to read Hornby s other work, which comprises mainly novels A mixed bag

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