FEVER PITCH BOOK
Fever Pitch, first published in , is Hornby's first novel. It won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in and was reprinted with. Fever Pitch [Nick Hornby] on weinratgeber.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A brilliant memoir from the beloved, bestselling author of Funny Girl, High. Editorial Reviews. weinratgeber.info Review. In the States, Nick Hornby is best know as the author . So what sets apart Fever Pitch from other books? Nick Hornby.
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Fever Pitch book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real footb. Fever Pitch is Hornby's tribute to a lifelong, obsession soccer. and honest about Hornby's obsession and the state of the game—The funniest book of the year'. Fever Pitch is the anatomy of that obsession, a knowing, bittersweet, and very funny autobiography in which the writer's life is measured not in.
He's a man who never stopped being a boy this is very much a story about the mysteries of masculinity and the boy wants two things. He want to believe every week that next Saturday will be better - and he wants to forget himself, to merge into the magic of the mob surge and roar. As Hornby asks of his teenage self, 'Who wants to be stuck with who they are the whole time? I for one wanted time out from being a jug- eared, bespectacled, suburban twerp once in a while'.
But in a way, in the end, he does grow up. Or at least, he grows up enough to download a flat near the ground, and a season ticket in the seats, and to write this book: It wouldn't have worked if it had been only about football.
Without the interplay between football and the tricky, sometimes morbid process of Hornby's growing up, the drama of the game would have remained more opaque altogether. And without the wry acknowledgement of his obsession for what it is - 'both a backbone and a retardant' - he'd probably still be in suburbia now, dreaming of N5 the way others dream of Africa or America.
But when we are unhappy, Hornby says, we settle for the richest medicine available. It's cheering, in his case, that the treatment appears to have worked. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try Independent Minds free for 1 month. Independent Minds Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Minds. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.
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Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life
Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn. Robert Fisk. Mark Steel. Janet Street-Porter. John Rentoul. Chuka Ummuna. Shappi Khorsandi. Gina Miller. Our view. Sign the petition. First Hornby I've read--managed to avoid the brief college craze after High Fidelity came out My roommate lent me this book after it came up randomly in a conversation Being in Europe probably has something to do with this too. 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.
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? 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 View 2 comments. Jan 29, Bucko rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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? 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 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.
To love a sporting team is to know the constant, dull ache of suffering - at best punctuated by fleeting moments of triumph, at worst 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.
Oct 14, Phrynne rated it it was ok. Just an okay book which is disappointing from this author. I expected more. There 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 hear more about 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 have to say his memory for all those unnecessary details was bordering on scary! Not his best book in my opinion. Jan 25, Moira rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this book more than 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 book more than I can express.
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: If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode. 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 Barrymore and David Ortiz together.
Ironico, sagace, cinico, mai superficiale, tagliente, tenero e sopratutto interessante.
Parla quindi di calcio, parla molto di calcio, della passione, in effetti il calcio da' perfino il titolo ai capitoli, nei quali si narra la vita dell'autore, meglio: Non sono in grado di obiettare allo stesso livello, mi fa male la schiena, ma improvvisamente sento di non aver sprecato la mia vita.
Colonna sonora: The Clash - London Calling http: 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? 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?
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 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 more, now than I did then but most likely for different reasons. 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. View 1 comment. 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 While this book wa I have been an Arsenal supporter for the past 12 years. While this book was written during the season, it is still the narrative of someone who has lived a fan's life for more than 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 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. 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.
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 to - 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.
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 book. 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: 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. Complaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear: 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: Sports journalists and armchair Corinthians are the site Indians who know more than we do - but in another way they know much, much less. 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 in more hours, more years, more 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. What do you think about it? Oct 15, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: 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 this more than 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.
And like all people with true obsessions, if yo NB: 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 seems more like loathing than anything else. It's actually pretty fascinating. I just wish the lengthy bits about soccer had been a little less impenetrable.
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View all 3 comments. Insomma, non ho potuto non legarmi empaticamente ad Hornby! Jan 10, Megan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Soccer fans. 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, much more than a casual Arsenal fan, while much less than a "hooligan.
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. Il Un anziano tifoso avversario lo vede e lo rincuora con queste parole: Vent'anni dopo, il Una sola certezza: Per la prima volta, a 28 anni, mi rendo conto che una porta si chiude per sempre. Da allora la mia vita d Il Nick Hornby, non mi freghi: Jun 04, Rob rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. So I looked up Hornby on site's 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.
There is no point alienating that readership just because you have seen something in the book that could make a movie. It is too disappointing for people. Brooklyn is a beautiful, literary novel but we had to amplify it because its feelings and gestures are so understated. Artistically speaking, you are starting to get a reputation as a ladies man: Is writing about women harder than writing about men? I find it hard to write about anybody who is not myself laughs. The easiest thing to write was Fever Pitch because it was a memoir.
Whether I am writing about a man or woman makes no difference in terms of difficulty. Brooklyn raises the question: It is always chance that one meets someone. When it comes to looks, interests, things that can be judged on social media, there is all this flicking through pages and pages on dating websites and suddenly deciding: Our pool was pretty small by comparison.
It is amazing any of us have survived!
Yes, exactly. Yet think how small the Beatles pool was — meeting each other, I mean. They were just four local boys. Now, you would go on the internet to find your drummer. The Beatles would not have been the Beatles…. Writing is about confidence and wondering what the point of anything is. Wearing several hats has prevented me from being stuck.
Do you like the collaboration of film as opposed to solitary novel writing? Next year will be the 25th anniversary of sitting on my own in a room.I have to s Just an okay book which is disappointing from this author. May 21, Sergiy Svitlooky rated it it was amazing Shelves: Una sola certezza: Liverpool vs Arsenal, Most, indeed all, football fans regret this. Follow comments Enter your email to follow new comments on this article.