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Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 1991


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  • Taschenbuch: 364 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperPerennial; Auflage: Reprint (September 1991)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060974060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060974060
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 14 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (62 Kundenrezensionen)
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Secular religions are fascinating in the devotion and zealousness they breed, and in Texas, high school football has its own rabid hold over the faithful. H.G. Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, enters into the spirit of one of its most fervent shrines: Odessa, a city in decline in the desert of West Texas, where the Permian High School Panthers have managed to compile the winningest record in state annals. Indeed, as this breathtaking examination of the town, the team, its coaches, and its young players chronicles, the team, for better and for worse, is the town; the communal health and self-image of the latter is directly linked to the on-field success of the former. The 1988 season, the one Friday Night Lights recounts, was not one of the Panthers' best. The game's effect on the community--and the players--was explosive. Written with great style and passion, Friday Night Lights offers an American snapshot in deep focus; the picture is not always pretty, but the image is hard to forget.

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"Superb and disturbing - More than a sports book, it's a search for the America of ordinary people." (Newsday)

"A remarkable book, fascinating from start to finish, full of surprises." (David Halberstam)

"Friday Night Lights offers a biting indictment of the sports craziness that grips ... most of American society, while at the same time providing a moving evocation of its powerful allure." (New York Times Book Review)

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Brian D. Rubendall am 12. Mai 2000
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Like all great books about sports, "Friday Night Lights" is really about life. Specifically life in a football-crazed small town in Texas. But before any of us outsiders start feeling superior, we should reflect that the book is really about America and the way we overvalue athletic ability. The people of the town felt betrayed when they realized that author H.G.Bissinger was going to tell the whole story, warts and all. But he has written a masterful social history and one that has many implications beyond the gridiron.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Karen am 12. März 2000
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H.G. Bissinger, an investigating reporter for the Chicago Tribune, feels the necessity to write an entire book on the traditions and segregation surrounding a single season with the Permian Panthers of Odessa, Texas. Being from a similar size school with a modified version of football madness, I felt a connection with the subject matter, but that is where my connection ended. Bissinger's background as a reporter is highlighted in his writing. The basic who, what, when, where, and why is covered in great detail. Bissinger sets out to prove some monumental point about the insanity of West Texas football but finishes with an extended new article. I left the book feeling let down as well as shocked by the actions of the town. Bissinger has done his research. With interviews with what seems like everyone in town, the reader has a better understanding of the feelings of all people. Everyone from the first Mexican- American school board member to the coaching staff is interviewed.I appreciate his throughness on such sensitive subjects like the obvious racism of the town. However, this style does not lend itself to an engaging plot. Bissinger has also uncovered an interesting side of what may seem to be a passionate oil town. Bissinger chose not to ignore the obvious racial undertones of Odessa. As a former Permian All-State running back commented on the destruction of the "Mojo" school spirit, "I blame it on the niggers' coming to Permian. People say you can't win without the blacks, but we did." This comment was made not in the 1960s but in 1988. The school was not actually integrated until the early 1980s. A divided community can only rally around one thing, "Mojo" football.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Von Oscar Arguijo am 18. Februar 2000
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I finally got around to reading this book just recently; I wish I had read it when it came out in 1990. "Buzz" Bissinger pulls no punches in telling it like it is, how a high school football team can be the main rallying point of an otherwise isolated community, several hundred miles from the nearest large metropolitan area; a community whose residents are deeply religious, God-fearing, and shamelessly prejudiced and intolerant of non-whites.
I remember the controversy this book caused shortly after its release. Having read it, I now understand why: In a community where there's otherwise "nothing to do," a local high school football team can unite people of all races, incomes, cultures, etc. I should know: I used to live in Lubbock, not too far from Odessa; the townfolks share the same conservative beliefs and euphoric passion for football. Bissinger's metaphor-rich style of writing really made me feel as if I was back in West Texas. The similarity of the two cities was uncanny. I began to read in search of something startling and controversial; instead it brought back a lot of memories. As I learned, the people of Odessa and Lubbock are strikingly similar (except Lubbock also has collegiate football, from Texas Tech University, to root for, as well as a few local high schools). I found Bissinger's descriptions totally accurate, if not downright eerie.
In the end, I couldn't help but feel for the 17- and 18-year-olds who had to endure the pressure to produce one victory after another, and the supporters' shameless win-or-else attitude. Bissinger's ability to empathize with America's appetite and obsession for winning really drove home the point. When I finished reading it, I cried. This book was THAT soul-stirring.
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You will love it or leave it. You will appreciate if not understand what "MoJo" is. If you're still reading after the first chapter, find a comfortable spot - it's hard to put down. My fourteen year old daughter bought this book for me but I couldn't wrestle it away from her until she read it first (which didn't take long). Keep in mind that Bissinger wrote this book using his personal biases, perceptions and opinions. I found no fault with his interpretations of the issues and facts as presented other than the racial issue was not as severe from my personal experience. If you have kids playing football (or any competitive sport), if you played high school football, if you are a coach or if you just love high school football - this is must reading. I'll leave it at that. You form your own opinion, but you will appreciate the game in a different "light". I was born in Odessa at the same time Hayden Fry was playing there. I know all the "characters" in the book, although by different names. Yes, they are are all very real. I played football at Rankin (Red Devils) and later in Louisiana. Rankin is just south of Odessa about 56 miles and football there was intense, also. Intense football is prevalent in west Texas. Bissinger made it so real that the familiar taste of so long ago became noticeable in my mouth as he described the boys throwing up before the games. The smell of the locker room became real. I could feel the pain in Boobies knee (from my own seven knee surgeries). I was actually sore the day following finishing the book as if I had played the game, too. The book will have you cheering one moment, shaking your head in disgust one moment, and your eyes will tear from sadness the next moment. Prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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