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5.0 von 5 Sternen Life imitates sports
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...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2000 von Brian D. Rubendall

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A New View of Football
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...
Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2000 von Karen


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Searing, 6. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
FRINDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is a deeply disturbing book. It deserves a wide audience. While outwardly, football is the focus of the book, the books delivers a devastating critique not only of false dreams and hopes, but of class and racial devides. As I was reading FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, I could not help comparing Odessa Permian with "Laketown High School"(Yorktown, West Chester NY), as portrayed in Richard Woodley's magnificent TEAM: A HIGH SCHOOL ODYSSEY (published in the early 1970s, and out of print). Like Bissinger, Woodley the journalist spent his time with "Laketown" football team. The contrast between Odessa and "Laketown" could not be more different. The difference? One can start off by the leadership and teaching roles of the two head coaches. The other factors, of course, is the role of football plays in various communities. Two weeks ago (August 1999), I drove by Odessa (it was hot and dusty) on my way back from San Diego, and I was reminded of the characters portrayed in the book: Boobie Miles (what are you doing now, Boobie?), the earnest QB with the wobbly pass, and the TE who went to Harvard.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE GREATEST BOOK SINCE THE BIBLE!, 22. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This book is without a doubt one of the greatest books I have ever read. With being a three-year varsity letterman in football at my high school, I can relate to some of the pressures and hardships that the players at Permian high had. No one can really understand the excitement of playing under the lights on Friday night until you are out on the field lined up against someone as exited as much as you are. Some of the problems the players face are not just faced when you are out on the field, whether you are on the field or not you face problems everyday of your life, like whether to go to the party on Saturday night or go out with your friends and stay out of trouble. When Boobie got hurt they just kind of left him out of everything, and that was not very cool he was probably one of the best players on the team. When I got hurt my coaches helped me get back to my full potential as soon as I could and that is how it should be in every program. I would highly recommend this book to anyone I think this book should be a required book to read in class.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great look at the truth behind high school football, 17. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Friday Night Lights (Hörkassette)
As I read through the book Friday Night Lights, I saw a lot of realism to what high school football is all about. The first thing that I could relate to, is the practices, and how much effort and time that you have to put into the sport of football. I don't think that I have ever read any books like this or by the same author but I hope H. G. Bissinger has written more books, because this is my favorite book and I would like to see more from this author. I think that everyone should like this book, even if you never thought you liked football, this book might even turn you on to it. Now you may say to yourself, why would I want to read about some dumb town in Texas that is football crazy? because there is so much more to the book than just the football. It deals with the situations and problems that the players and parents face, not just because they are football players, but because they are also teenagers. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in a good story because even my mom, who isn't really interested in sports loved it!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Outsider Often Has The Best Perspective, 28. Januar 2000
Having grown up in the very real madness that is Texas High School football religion, I can unquestionably state that this book is a dispassionate look into my home state's unquenchable thirst for football. It reveals the dark side of hero worship, and in one of the most telling passages Bissinger finds that many of the female high school students were forced too "dumb down," so that they would not look smarter than their athelete boyfriends. The outcry over this book by the Permian Basin city boosters was loud and predictable. On the other hand, the book shows that for many down and out people inhabiting this bleak landscape, Friday football is the one salvation, the one escape from a life full of lost dreams. Is that any different from a drunken fanatic dressed as a dog sitting in the 'dogpound' in Cleveland swilling beer while his team goes down in defeat? Is it any different than Dennis Hopper's struggling alchoholic character -- ex-roundballer Shooter -- in the basketball-as-religion opus "Hoosiers?" Probably not.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing and Sad, 23. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
An excellent account overall -- disturbing, engrossing, and ultimately very, very sad. My only criticisms:
1. The author's breathless, metaphor-happy style gets a bit tiring toward the book's end.
2. The exploration of gender roles and sexism at Permian High School and in the larger community of Odessa was far too brief. I was outraged and fascinated by the slavish role that the Pepettes and cheerleaders played at Permian. I wondered how the players' mothers felt about their sons participating in such a brutal sport, and whether they encouraged their daughters to participate in athletics. I wanted to know how many people attended girls' sporting events at Permian, and whether the girls' and boys' sports programs were funded equally (What was the reaction in the community to Title IX in 1972?). Bissinger writes thoughtful, lengthy descriptions of race relations, economic divisions, and political leanings in Odessa, and I felt that the gender divide deserved at least as much attention as those topics.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen God, this is good!, 12. November 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I just finished reading this for Sociology class at college, and was very impressed. It goes beyond the usual recounting of a football team into the team's town's search for something to hang their hats on, to claim as their own.
Bissinger's style is almost excruciating to read, as he cuts away from the action just when the reader's interest is most peaked, to discuss different people's reactions to side issues involving the team, the town, race relations, and the cult of masculinity and sports built up around the Permian High team. However, this style is exactly what makes the book impossible to put down.
In the end, the 1988 team that Bissinger covers does not win the state championship, but it is revealed in the epilogue that the following year's team did. However, instead of this being joyous, it simply emphasizes the point of exactly how expendable the players that Bissinger covered were to the town and the team.
From beginning to end, this book hits its targets hard.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book i have ever read!, 8. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The story is set in the small north Texas town of Odessa, it revolves around high school football and the effects it has on the people who live in Odessa. The year is 1988 and the Panthers are heavy favorites to win the state championship. Odessa is a football crazed town of about 25,000 people and the football stadium has a capacity of 18,000 people which is filled every other friday night. In Odessa football doesn't revolve around life, life revolves around football.
The book deals with many other issues than football. This book deals with the players lives on and off the football field. This book also deals with the issue of racism, which is as evident in 1988 Odessa as it was in the 60's the only place that African-Americans are fully accepted is on the football field. The Panthers end up having a very sucessful 1988 and end up going far into the state playoffs.
I would definetly recommend this book to any high school aged kid and to anyone with an interest in football.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Truth, 18. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
H.G. Bissinger tells the tale of the high school football team and it's players. I play football at a Paraclete,a small catholic school in So.Cal. I look at the characters portrayed, the lives portrayed, and I see my own, and those around me. Football wise our school has one back to back state championships and I understand the pressure faced by Boobie, Brian and all the Panthers players every Friday night. The book takes you on a surreal ride, a ride in which you are rooting for a team, but also rooting for yourself in a way. You are rooting for a chance to be on the field, a chance to win, a chance to be home again. Friday Night Lights doesn't tell the tale of the Permian Panthers. It tells the tale of the Paraclete Spirits, the Mater Dei Monarchs, the Carter Cowboys, the Alemany Indians, the entire high school football world. If you play, or once played, or know someone that plays, you have to pick up this book and truly realize what football really is.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow, 3. Dezember 1999
After having read this book about 10-15 times over the years, I am still continually drawn back to the story of one year in Odessa, Texas.
Whether you love sports or you hate them, this book will have something for you. While showing the common excesses often involved in sports, it also lets you feel elation and sorrow along with players you will get to know and like as well as the author did. I'm not sure what the Bissinger's intention was when he originally started this book but he writes with both stern disappointment in the emphasis given football in West Texas and genuine enjoyment of both the games of and the people involved with the 1988 Permian Panthers.
This book both adores and scolds Texas high school football in such equal measure as to tell more about the reader's opinions of sports than those of H.G. Bissinger. Like seeing a great old movies, it is worth coming back to again and again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The truth to Odessa, 20. November 1999
I am from Odessa Tx, and this book shows it as it is. The town is made up of close to 100,000 people and they live and breath high school football. I lived in Odessa when this book was written and I know how it made us feel to hear that there would be a book written about our High School. I was also there when everyone found out what happened inside the school walls and how this book made the city look bad. Making it look like we only caried about football. When you live in west Texas that is the only thing to look forward to. While it shows how crazy a town can get over h.s. football, it never shows what it is like in a town after that one thing is taken away from us. But I do have to say the book was well written and makes me miss being home each year to see if they can find there way back to the state finals. If you want to see what football can do to a town in Texas this is a must read book
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