- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Arrow; Auflage: New Ed (1. Oktober 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099416344
- ISBN-13: 978-0099416340
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 26 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 113.103 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Among the Thugs (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2001
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“Superbly written…darkly exhilarating…a sort of rollercoaster chamber of horrors.” – Guardian
“Compelling, intelligent and fully engaged.” – Martin Amis
“[Buford] gatecrashes a social world that most of us have spent some portion of our lives avoiding and brings it to life on the page with a ferocious relish that only someone who was a foreigner to soccer could manage, or stomach.” – Jonathan Raban
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There's much to commend Buford's book. The portraits of the people he comes to know are pointed, vivid, and well rounded. He's particularly able as a narrator of violence, carrying the reader along for page after page of his accounts of riots forming and then "coming off."
Much of what's interesting about the book is Buford's account of his own recognition of the inner thug, so to speak. When he begins his story, Buford is full of smug generalities and facile answers. He's sure he knows who the thugs are -- young, unemployed, uneducated yobs -- and why they're wild in the streets -- social protest. Then he begins to meet some of them and enter their social sphere, and realizes he's wrong. Many of them are older than he'd thought, family men with children and decent jobs. They're not protesting anything -- they're fighting because it's fun. And as he gains acceptance among them, Buford realizes that he, too, feels an atavistic thrill when the combat begins.
English readers have suggested that Buford may have been taken in a few times by Brits having some fun with a gullible Yank. That might well be, but most of the book is an eyewitness account. Compelling reading.
As he relates his journey into the world of the yobs, we get a vivid picture of the people and the events, but no real glimpse into what is behind the football mob violence -- even after Buford spends most of the second half of the book trying to work it out. The only real insight were provided is that the mob becomes greater than the sum of its parts, and that there is a line where a person within the mob ceases to be an individual, and becomes a compnent of a greater organism.
However, questions such as why sporting crowds in the US, Canada, or other countries never reach the level of violence or mob mentality as seen in England are never addressed, nor are questions of why this sort of violent behavior seems to be limited to a very large degree to football (soccer) crowds. Of course, that subject is beyond the scope of any one book.
Still, the snapshot into the seedy world of NF members, jingoistic supporters, drunks and felons provided by Buford is entertaining, in a voyeuristic sort of way. Besides, unless you are intimately familiar with crowds at English, or any European, football matches, Buford's book is best if taken as a sort of superficial sociological travelogue, offering a glimpse into a strange land, complete with foreign customs, traditions, uniforms and etiquette.
Reading 'Thugs' won't provide too much enlightentment on sports violence or the psychology of mobs, but it will entertain. And with the coming Euro2000 tournament, reading this may prove timely, as well.
Buford's second technique, employed in the middle section, uses a more scholarly approach as the author relates the supporters' behavior to the tenets of modern sociology, especially those that deal with the dynamics of the group or the crowd.
Although possessing a thoroughly interesting subject, especially for Americans whose sports are comparitively homoginized in the face of such thuggery, Buford's somewhat schitzophrenic approach takes away from the novel as a whole. When Buford immerses himself in the thug life, the reader immerses himself, too, thus providing for entertaining and slightly voyeuristic literature. Buford's sociology lesson is boring and repetitive, however, and the incompatible narrative methods keep the book from attaining its full depth.
In all, Buford presents an flawed yet interesting tale about a subject to which few Americans can relate.
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Buford's experiences with football (soccer) hooligans, most of them supporters of Manchester United, is an honest and brutal account of what is out there. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2000 von Stosh D. Walsh
No movie or work of fiction encapsulates the pure animal violence of this brilliant non fiction work. I have not recommended any book to friends more than this one. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2000 von Wood
A must for a soccer-hater and -lover. It's a real life thriller. Scary to know these "people" are actually alive. It's a real page turner.Am 18. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
The first 60 pages are hysterically funny descriptions of yobs behaving badly. The remainder gets bogged down in theorizing. This book is classified as a sociology book, remember. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2000 von S. Clark
As an Englishman living in Los Angeles, I have often attempted unsucessfully to communicate to American friends the mentality and culture surrounding English football (soccer)... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Februar 2000 von SusScrofa
I only bought this book, because I had choosen to write about football hooligans in English class. I remember I bought the book on a friday, went home, and bagan to read. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2000 von Jakob Veino
excellent .....just finished reading it ,having borrowed the book from the college library and i`m gonna buy that sucker for sure..... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2000 von OnDaRun
I LOVE THESE FIRST PERSON BOOKS WHERE THE AUTHOR LIVES THE THEME HE'S WRITING ABOUT. IN THIS CASE THE FOOTBALL THUGS IN ENGLAND. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 15. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
This is a terrifying, fascinating book. I have recommended it to many friends. Buford is a wonderful observer, capable of capturing and relating the mood and mayhem of his... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 1999 von Kevin Pedraja