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Fever Pitch 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


15 thoughts on “Fever Pitch

  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 becomes ridiculous proportional to my age, I find myself having to defend my enthusiasm for baseball and Being 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...


  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 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 prevail...


  3. says:

    Just an okay book which is disappointing from this author I expected 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 about his life and less about who kicked which goal at whic...


  4. says:

    I love this book 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 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 enjoyabl...


  5. says:

    Febbre a 90 tutto quello che mi piace di Nick Hornby Ironico, sagace, cinico, mai superficiale, tagliente, tenero e sopratutto interessante Consigliatissimo se volete capire che cosa c dentro la testa di vostro padre, vostro zio, vostro marito o il vostro amico che per prendere un appuntamento con voi deve avere il calendario delle partite sotto mano Onestamente non me la sentirei di consigliare il libro a...


  6. says:

    Spassoso, vero e profondo Roddy Doyle, 1992 Mr Doyle dice la verit Procyon Lotor, 2009 E un romanzo di formazione, la formazione essendo quella dell Arsenal antico e famoso football club londinese 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 nei quali si narra la partita del momento e quindi i fatti della vita sempre narrati con wit e humour quando concesso dall evento naturalmente Pertanto se detestate i romanzi di formazione, se detestate la passione, non importa da quali radici, se detestate i tifosi bench non hooligan, se detestate il calcio anche come onesto divertimento popolare, se detestate il wit e l humour britannico e perfino la birra, questo libro non fa per voi, nemmeno voi per me comunque, per cui addio senza nostalgia Sappiate comunque che nonostante siano passati diciassette anni dal giorno nel quale questo volume d enorme successo proiett Hornby fra gli scrittori di fama internazionale, permettendogli di vivere del suo e di scrivere il resto dei suoi numerosi e meravigliosi romanzi, che giustamente tante sere di felicit ci dispensarono, il volume del quale allora lessi un solo capitoletto in una rivista non invecchiato ed fresco come l uovo che in certi pub vi servono con la birra Che aborriate l uovo con la birra vi concesso ___ PS Il mio we...


  7. says:

    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 peop...


  8. 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 was written during the 1991 92 season, it is still the narrative of someone who has lived a fan s life for 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 pe...


  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 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 stru...


  10. says:

    Find all of my reviews at Pitch had been on my TBR since Jesus was a toddler due to my love for Nick Hornby I avoided it since I was well aware the combination of soccer superfandom and autobiography might not prove to be a winner for me Somehow I believe when I was looking for a sporty book to read at one of the kids various games this cycled back around on some list I have long since forgotten and I requested the porny librarian to obtain a copy which she did pronto because she is well aware that What I did not realize was this was the inspiration behind the Jimmy Fallon Drew Barry flick of the same name they just flipped the script to make things Murican Which I can TOTALLY relate to as a lifelong Cubs fan I don t remember particularly enjoying the American film version of Fever Pitch, but knowing these were based on the same story I bumped the book up on the TBR thinking it would at minimum bring me some LOLz with Hornby finally dropping the charade and admitting he is the inspiration behind all of his loveable losers I was assured by the list which cannot be named that Fever Pitch would be a guaranteed winner for even those who detest soccer b...


  11. says:

    Ho sempre voluto leggere Hornby per un motivo forse un po stupido tutti i film tratti dai suoi libri mi sono piaciuti moltissimo e forse proprio per questo ho sempre rimandato, ma alla fine mi sono tuffata su questa autobiografia per entrare in contatto con lui perch , prima di tutto, ho amato i due film che ne sono stati tratti, e perch sono una grande appassionata di calcio sono un abbonata e, quando la mia squadra gioca in casa, faccio circa 400 km A R per supportarla e perch adoro anche il calcio inglese lo vedo meglio organizzato, per alcuni aspetti, rispetto a quello italiano.Durante la lettura, molte volte mi sono ritrovata a sorridere per alcuni aneddoti o per alcuni pensieri, perch credo che alla fine siano comuni a molti tifosi, ma soprattutto mi sono rispecchiata in molte descrizioni i riti scaramantici, il pensare che si possa controbilanciare un successo della propria squadra del cuore con qualche evento mediamente negativo del mondo, che la propria vita sia legata a doppio filo con la vita della pr...


  12. says:

    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 this 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 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 Unf...


  13. says:

    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 than 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 girlfri...


  14. says:

    Il 05.05.1972, all uscita da Wembley l adolescente Nick sconsolato dopo una finale persa Un anziano tifoso avversario lo vede e lo rincuora con queste parole Ci sar una prossima volta.Vent anni dopo, il 24.05.1992, all uscita da Wembley ci sono io, sconsolato, con altri 20.000 sampdoriani dopo la finale di Champions persa con il Barcelona.Una sola certezza non ci sar una prossima volta.Per la prima volta, a 28 anni, mi rendo conto che una porta si chiude per sempre.Da allora la mia vita di tifoso praticamente finita, senza rimpianti, lasciando il posto ad un vago e saltuario interesse, che si ravviva solo in occasione dei grandi eventi.Meglio cos , da allora ho maturato una crescente avversione per l ambiente del calcio ed ho liberat...


  15. 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 up Hornby on 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 m...