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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gut nicht nur für Fussball-Fans
Nick Hornby schafft es, die Faszination des Fußballs außerhalb des tatsächlichen Spielgeschehens sowie das Gefühl der Verbundenheit zu einem bestimmten Verein, die auch in Deutschland so mancher nachempfinden können wird, treffend und lustig zu beschreiben. Dennoch kommt auch die Kritik gegenüber diversen, negativen Entwicklungen der...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen if you're not into soccer, don't bother
"Fever Pitch" is basically the same story as "High Fidelity" only in this case the main character is obsessed with football (that's soccer to us North Americans) instead of music. Although my own experience with soccer is limited to the one summer I spent in a soccer league when I was six years old, I felt obligated to read this book because...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 1999 von Jer Fairall (j_fairall@yahoo.com)


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A sports and literature classic!, 10. März 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
The essence of the book is captured in the following. After Arsenal lost the FA Cup final against Ipswich in 1978: "... to them (the business types), it really was only a game, and it probably did me good to spend time with people who behaved for all the world as if football were a diverting entertainment, like rugby or golf or cricket. It's not like that at all, of course, but just for an afternoon it was interesting and instructive to meet people who believed that it was." Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby is the search for an explanation of being an obsessive football fan. This search results in a brilliant book. Although not all football supporters are as obsessive as Hornby (some are even more obsessive), the vast majority will recognize the emotions that drive them to support a team fanatically and to remember the numerous, useless details about teams and matches. The (lack of) reason to do so will also apply to other sports like American Football, Baseball, Hockey, and Basketball. This book is a great self-analysis for all fanatic supporters of any sport worldwide and, if read by non-supporters, they can understand or at least accept supporters' behavior a little better. With Arsenal taking many trophies in England during the last seasons with their impressive offense Bergkamp, Overmars and Anelka and the resulting general recognition that Arsenal is not at all boring, I am pretty sure that Hornby had (and continues to have) many ecstatic moments.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fantastic book for anybody with a passion for anything, 17. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
I am a British lad studying here in America and I would like people to take the opportunity to read Nick Hornby's book "Fever Pitch". He captures the passion shared amongst British soccer fans leaving us thinking, I remember doing that or I wish I would have done that. But you don't have to be British or even a soccer fan to enjoy this one, the book gives a great insight into British culture and goes far beyond the tea and biscuits stereotype sometimes assosiated with the U.K. So come on Americans put down that issue of sports illistrated and find out how the rest of the world lives. I bet my bottom dollar you will come out wishing that your favorite /football /baseball /basketball or hockey team had the same patriotic support. If not, then you will see one man's love for a team that streches far beyond support. But the reason this book has sold millions of copies across the world and had a movie made on it is because there are so many soccer fans like it. I would love to bring two thousand away fans from any soccer team in Britain to the Superbowl, and let them take the place over with songs, chants and the odd bit of high temper. You have to support your team, not watch your team. Please give it a go, trust me it will open your eyes to another part of the world. As Fat Boy Slim says "I Have To Praise You Like I Should" It's a religion in Britain, go on read the bible- Fever Pitch.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What if he'd been a Cubs fan????, 20. Februar 1999
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Let me get this straight -- Hornby takes us through some two decades of his fanatic devotion to Arsenal and in the course of that time they win -- by my count -- at least four major championships of the endless variety that European football seems to offer. This is suffering???? Gees, he should be a San Francisco Giants fan like me and you folks in Chicago would find him even more of a whiner. Still, he's a lot of fun in his whiny fandom, and more than once you'll feel this book is a mirror of your own disproportionate affection for a sports team that has broken your heart too many times to count. Give this book to your wife, girlfriend (or for that matter, husband or boyfriend) who just doesn't understand why you have to slip away from the party, the restaurant, to seek out a TV, or call a scoreline and check how the lads are doing (although you know, of course, that they are losing). It's also worth noting that Fever Pitch was made into a pretty good movie which, to my knowledge, hasn't been released in the US. I saw it a couple years ago on an airplane across the Atlantic before I'd read the book or heard of Hornby's novels. Last thought: the best book ever of this biography/sports fan genre is Frederick's Exley's A Fan's Notes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hornby shoots ... and scores!!!!!!!!!!!!, 9. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
An autobiography? A book about soccer? A story about a strange, obsessive love for 11 men and a small ball? " Fever Pitch " is a mixture of everything. In this book, Hornby, storyteller of books like " High Fidelity " and " About a boy ", tells about his obsessive love for soccer and especially for his favourite club Arsenal London, which unites him with some ten thousand other desperate fans. This guy only loves and lives soccer with only very small place for other more or less important things. Although he tries to unite his passion for soccer with the one for his girlfriend, he always prefers 22 strong soccer player legs to the two sexy legs waiting for him at home.
Hornby uses his chance and fires a straight shot into the hearts of all soccer maniacs around this great football called earth with the help of his fabulous humour and his amazing insider knowledge about this sport. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS ABOUT SOCCER EVER WRITTEN... not only for soccer fans but also for those who didn`t get behind the sense of that game yet!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hornby's book an instant classic, 5. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
Not only has Hornby written a book of superlative class full of street smart sensibility combined with wishful gullibility (how else do you describe the optimistic sports fan?), he has crafted the image of the typical sport fanatic in such an enjoyable and entertaining fashion that the book is impossible to put down. Mind you, being an Arsenal supporter has forced me to view the book through red and white glasses if you will. That aside, Hornby's book is an example of brilliant storytelling combined with the brutal honesty that often times is either missing or superficial among many of his peers. He writes of himself in a self depricating tone even though he knows his position is one to envy (who wouldn't love to have a passion that although is time consuming oftentimes also provides you with the motivation to get to the end of the day?).
A brilliant book, and one that needs to be emulated by a North American author to bring the message of the sport fanatic here to those who can't relate to soccer here in North America.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Stuff for Soccer Buffs, 29. April 1999
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This is an odd but compelling memoir structured around the author's lifelong obsession with the Arsenal Gunners (a football team in England). The book is organized into bite-size chunks which chronologically cover 1968-1982, from ages eleven to twenty-five. While the memoir is full of Hornby's commentary on various facets of modern life, make no mistake, this book is unlikely to captivate anyone not deeply interested in football. In that arena, there is buckets of opinion and analysis of English football, including such topics as hooliganism, decaying stadiums, escalating ticket prices and new demographics of fandom. These sections were the most interesting to me, and in the end, I found myself glad to have waded through the minutiae to discover them. Hornby's memoir is written with an openness reveals a somewhat deranged love for his team, one that exceeds rational fandom in my opinion. The book has been made into a film in the UK.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen So true to life, it's frightening!, 31. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch" is one of the best sports books written in the modern day. His obsession with the Arsenal Football Club goes beyond being a fan and into being a glutton for punishment. Waiting for Arsenal to make good on a play, waiting for them to score, waiting for them to lose, being miserable in the weather, being physically injured but still standing on the North End of Highbury watching a nil-nil draw, but most of all being a devoted fan, rellishing in the good points about Arsenal (26th May, 1989!) and then returning to the drab, old way again and again, season after season.
He describes his love of the team in a way that anyone could apply it to their own favorite team, not just English football, but American football, baseball, hockey, etc. His descriptive humor is what makes you find yourself laughing out loud during the book. A must read for fans of sports everywhere!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Schönes Buch, 2. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
BK H.S. i.d.N. JUNE 1999 Note to Sports Execs: Read this book. I couldn't help thinking while enjoying this book that it should be part of a sports management curriculum. The people who run big teams, like the NY Yankees, or big companies, like Nike, need to understand the way fans think. I've seen how the prepackaging of sports here in the United States has sucked out much of the joy this book celebrates. In the end, sports aren't merely entertainment, they are tribal rituals and religous ceremonies. I especially liked Hornby's description of promotion and relegation in soccer. This is a system that should be employed in all professional sports. I am passing this book around to my friends now, so that they can begin to understand why it does matter that Chelsea not only win the ultimate Cup Winners Cup, the League this year, and as of this writing possibly the Double.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for sports fans, not just soccer (footy) fans, 19. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
This is without a doubt the best book on football (soccer) that I have ever read. It is also the best book dealing with sports that I have ever read. It describes like no other book I have read what it means to be a fan.
Although this book follows the life of an Arsenal supporter, anyone can read it, because Hornby's experiences are no different than those of any committed, "obsessed" football fan. I am a Leeds supporter, and much of what Hornby said described what I feel, so perfectly. I especially liked the part when he went on about wanting to switch allegiances if he could, but found out that he couldn't because he was too emotionally tied to Arsenal. No matter how poorly they played, or how frustrated they made him feel, he still supported the club. I've felt the same way about Leeds on many an occasion.
A great book about life, not just about football.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book for all sports fans, not just football fans, 11. August 1999
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If you have a passion for sports, than this simply is the book for you -- even if you despise the game of football (soccer for those American non-fans out there, one of which I'm proud to say I'm not a member). Hornby captured in absolute perfect detail the sports lover and/or fanatic, and how the ebb and flow of the game, even just one game, can literally change your day, your life. My favorite part of the book is in the end, when he describes the Arsenal 2-goal win over Liverpool to win the Premiership, and how no one save the true sports nut can appreciate how that moment will stand for him as his greatest moment ever in life. If you're a sports fan who has that one memory in life (Lenny Dykstra's 10th inning homer of Game 5 of the 1993 NLCS is mine), then you must buy this book -- and learn a little about yourself in the process. Nick Hornby, you're my new hero. Cheers.
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