Nick Hornby has been a football fan since the moment he was conceived. Call it predestiny. Or call it preschool. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analy...more
This is a complicated book. On the one hand it is an obscure, detail-riddled rant about the shortcomings of one man and his obsession with a British football (soccer) team, one which I have a hard time thinking anyone but an Arsenal fan would enjoy. On the other hand, it just might be the greatest sports book ever written, one that might help those who don't understand sports understand how and why certain people they love can care so much about a bunch of grown men running around chasing after...more
Hornby, a big "Gunners"-fan visited as child his first Arsenal-game and never skipped a game since.
Hornby describes all the highlights en disappointments through the years.
While reading you start to understand his love for Arsenal.
I think the first 100 pages are kind of boring and the second part is better, but this book is serio...more
My roommate lent me this book after it came up randomly in a conversation...as I approach 30 and sports fandom becomes more ridiculous proportional to my age, I find myself having to defend my enthusiasm for baseball more and more. 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 l...more
Nick Hornby details his relationship to the English football team Arsenal F.C. and yes, it's helpful if you know a little about the sport, otherwise you'd be a bit lost. However, his obsession with the team and sport is applicable to other obse...more
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-...more
The writing is great. I can’t say much more about that. His good rep is well-deserved and I feel that...more
It all starts in 1968 Nick Hornby's parents have just gone through a gruesome divorce which must have been hard for him.Considering his dad felt bad and was sorry for putting the narrator though th...more
Fever Pitch wasn't what I expected, based on those other two Hornby novels I've read. The book isn’t broken into chapters; instead, it is...more
I did watch Fever Pitch starring Colin Firth (not his best film, in my opinion) but the book is far superior. I was quite surprised because I am not a football fan. What the book did w...more
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." It caters to everyone who finds themselves in between those two d...more
There were a few parts in the book that I could relate to as a Dodger fan that hasn't seen the world series since 1988 and a Charger fan (No description required):
"Entertainment as pain was an idea entirely new to me, and it seemed to be something I'd been waiting for".
"...and began to understand how football could mean so much to boys...more
Story: At no point in this memoir do you doubt Nick Hornby's love for Arsenal or football in general. It shines through much of the way an individual's personality or temperament does. His fanaticism makes the memoir easy to relate and understand, as the reader is able to substitute in their own teams or obsessions that grip them. As a sports f...more
Hornby writes about many different topics in the course of the book. We read about hi...more
I shouldn't have worried. The book pulled me in from the first page. This is the first book I've read by Hornby and it won't be my last. It tracks his obsession with football from...more
I'm not much for...more
I can easily imagine pick...more
Fever Pitch does an excellent job of describing what it means for Hornby to be an obsessed fan. He does not take the long view, he is not detached, and his analysis comes in bits and chunk...more
That said, I found myself in a...more
Being an Arsenal fan myself, I had wanted to read Fever Pitch for quite long. Although the book made me realise that I'm not as obsessed about the game or the club as much as Nick Hornby, I was nodding away vigorously when he narrate...more
Fever Pitch is Hornby’s tribute to the ever consuming passion of supporting Arsenal F.C. From his first experience in the terraces of Highbury to the championship winning seasons under manager George Graham, Hornby looks at what it truly means to be a supporter of the beautiful game.