I read this book at the wrong time in my life. I should have read it in college or just after. Evans speaks of her personal belief system's transitionI read this book at the wrong time in my life. I should have read it in college or just after. Evans speaks of her personal belief system's transition from fundamentalism to a more progressive faith, and from someone who has lived through a similar journey, I can appreciate her story. I love reading her blog as it demonstrates the struggle between different factions of Christianity. I would consider myself even further to the left than Evans, but I do admire her willingness to speak out and hopefully touch Christians who have questions about these same issues. I have known enough fundamentalist-turned-liberals to know that there are those who will find plenty to think about here. ...more
I read this book when I was starting to move toward a liberal faith. It didn't cause me to be a "liberal Christian" (I was already heading in that dirI read this book when I was starting to move toward a liberal faith. It didn't cause me to be a "liberal Christian" (I was already heading in that direction) but I took a lot of guidance from it at the time. ...more
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 glimpsI 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." 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....more