telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Bookdown: No. 10, Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby by Barbecue Bros
August 5, 2009, 3:15 pm
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10. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (1998, 256pp) – Nick Hornby is obsessed with soccer. More accurately, he is obsessed with Arsenal soccer. Fever Pitch is part love letter, part memoir, part diary of an obsessed fan. He retraces his life as an Arsenal fan starting with his first game ever (a 1-0 win vs. Stoke City in 1968) through the famed double in 1971 and the drought until Arsenal won another cup title in 1989.

While the culture of English soccer is not entirely foreign to me, I found myself losing interest when he rattled off specific players (Arsenal or otherwise) or games I just couldn’t be aware of growing up in the US two decades after him. However, when he wrote about his experiences in life within the context of games (family, divorce, relationships, etc), I found myself enjoying Hornby’s style of writing. However, I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to everyone. As a side note, please don’t bother with the Jimmy Fallon baseball adaptation.

Next up: City of Thieves by David Benioff, a change of pace from the memoirs I’ve been reading

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