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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
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Nov 17, 11

Read from October 21 to November 15, 2011

Written very much in the quick-hit/short chapter style of Eduardo Galeano's "Soccer in Sun and Shadow" (which predates "Fever Pitch" by a couple of years), this book achieves its primary aim — to detail Hornby's lifelong love-affair (and at times loathe-affair) with the sport of soccer. It's at times funny, at times poignant and at times political, and it's an easy and enjoyable read.

The only downfall, especially for American readers, is that Hornby assumes the reader knows and understands and can envision the terraces at Highbury or Anfield, or knows all the details behind certain soccer tragedies (Heysel and Hillsborough) and so he spends no time setting the scene or describing the surroundings. It's not completely necessary he does this, but it sure would have helped for those reading the book that haven't been watching and attending English soccer games since 1968.

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Reading Progress

11/08/2011 page 135
53.0% "It's good, sometimes very funny and written in Hornby's elegantly simplistic style. The only drawback is sometimes the anecdotes are hardly distinguishable from the ones before or after. Still, a very easy and enjoyable read."

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