Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review #171 - Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Fever Pitch

Nick Hornby has been a soccer fan since the moment he was conceived. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis of insanity, Hornby's award-winning memoir captures the fever pitch of fandom--its agony and ecstasy, its community, its defining role in thousands of young men's coming of age stories. Fever Pitch is one for the home team. But above all, it is one for everyone who knows what it really means to have a losing season.

My Rating: 5/5

I don't know why it took me so long to hear about this book, as this is a book that I can 100% relate to. Not only am I also an Arsenal fan but I also have a very unhealthy obsession with my favourite team (although not Arsenal).

This is the perfect book that I would recommend to people who don't understand how important sport can be to people and the different emotions it can create.

I really enjoyed reading about Arsenal in an era before I was born as the book starts in the year 1968 when he went to his first game.

What was refreshing at times was how much I could relate to his story. It was good to know I wasn't the only person who loves a sporting team a little too much.

The only thing that bothered me was when he said that he didn't go to games for a while because they were losing or that they lost a key player. It just contradicted everything he had previously stated throughout the book.

Although this book is mainly about the author's experiences with supporting Arsenal the book would not have been anywhere near as good as it was if it weren't for his writing.

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