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Book Title: Fever Pitch|
Date of issue: October 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780140293449
The author of the book: Nick Hornby
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 947 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
Read full description of the books Fever Pitch:“I have always been accused of taking the things I love - football, of course, but also books and records - much too seriously, and I do feel a kind of anger when I hear a bad record, or when someone is lukewarm about a book that means a lot to me.”
No, you haven't imagined it. I am reviewing a football book. Or should I say, a book about an adorably idiotic Arsenal fan. This is the second time I've read this book. Is it as good as I remember? You betcha. As you all know, I am athletically challenged. I also have a crippling fear of balls. Yet here I am reading a book about football.
Ah, football. If you're from Europe or Latin America, chances are you're pretty obsessed with football. Unless you're Grumpy Cat. Or me.
Most people love football. Because, hey, what's not to love. They don't call it the Fever Pitch for nothing.
The men in my life are sports fanatics. My boyfriend and dad are obsessed with football. As are my uncles. It's hard to imagine, but my mom played football as a child. Everyone in my family is athletic, well, everyone except me. Oh but that's not all. Imagine your significant other is a mix of two different nationalities and you're forced to listen to him talk about not one, but two national soccer teams. Throw my dad into the mix and that makes it three national soccer teams. Yay me.
Men sure take their sport seriously. Ladies you know what I'm talking about. Sports make men behave like babies.
Everything's calm, and then suddenly they go batshit crazy.
They get super excited over nothing.
I try to pretend I know what's happening. In reality, I am just as clueless as Jon Snow.
They, of course, see right through me. For some reason, they find my lack of enthusiasm disturbing.
I'm like, dudes it's only a game. It's not like it's something important, like books or the final episode of The Vampire Diaries. Or watching From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. I've got my priorities straight.
So how did a non-sporty person like myself end up liking this book? The answer is simple- Arsenal. The Gunners hold a special place in my heart because my father used to take me to the Arsenal football matches. Strangely, I enjoyed myself (despite often not knowing what the hell they were doing). The reason for this was directly related to a certain Spanish player.
Ah, those were the days. So that's my football story. Nick Hornby's is much more interestine than mine. How could I not like this man.
“For alarmingly large chunks of an average day, I am a moron.”
See? He's adorable. He's loyal to his club. Through the good times and the bad times. Whether it's pissing rain or the sun is shining, he's out there supporting his team. He's a big fanboy. He's also a great writer. I'm definitely interested in reading more of his other works, namely High Fidelity and About a Boy.
P.S. The book has spawned two movies- the 1997 version with Colin Firth and the 2005 version with Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.
“Everyone knows the song that Millwall fans sing, to the tune of „Sailing”: 'No one likes us/No one likes us/No one likes us/We don't care.' In fact I have always felt that the song is a little melodramatic, and that if anyone should sing it, it is Arsenal.
Every Arsenal fan, the youngest and the oldest, is aware that no one likes us, and every day we hear that dislike reiterated.”
Read information about the authorNick 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 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ 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 2009 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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