- Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (6. März 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099422670
- ISBN-13: 978-0099422679
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 3,1 x 19,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 54.878 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Season With Verona (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. März 2003
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For the last few months Anglo-Italian novelist Tim Parks has been writing of his devotion to Italian football club Hellas Verona in The Guardian. In A Season with Verona we get a chance to read the full and absorbing narrative that lay behind those short snippets.
In some ways the book is a standard travelogue. In following his lowly Series A team in their seasonal slog around Italy, Parks gets to visit all the famous sights and cities. What makes this journey so different and so interesting is that Parks is accompanied by vividly ordinary, honestly working-class, determinedly urban Italians and gets to share their Nick Hornbyish highs and lows. This in turn provides a credible, fresh and revealing insight into the Italian character. These fans do all the normal soccer-supporter things like fight, drink, despair, exult, rant and put each other in comas; but they also do more surprising things, like sing songs in praise of the murderous Liverpool fans of Heysel and give voice to racist feelings about their southern compatriots.
This may not sound like most people's image of southern loveliness. Indeed it isn't. But it is a much needed antidote to all that saccharine-sweet Under The Tuscan Sun stuff; and it also makes this book a splendid bedside companion to the Italian campaign in the next, or indeed any, World Cup. --Sean Thomas -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"Addictive reading...each chapter is a short story, the whole book an epic" (Observer)
"Parks knows his football, and he knows Italy still better. His adopted country, in all its enduring and exasperating strengths and weaknesses, comes vividly to life" (Sunday Times)
"A fascinating emotional journey... His descriptions of Italian football are descriptions of Italy itself, its regional differences, its squabbles, its distinctive temper" (Daily Telegraph)
"An enthralling, insightful account of the real Italy" (Independent)
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Englishman, Tim Parks, spent a season following his beloved Verona team all over Italy to watch them play in the Serie A football league. His chronicles of his travels and the games make Italians and Italian soccer fans in particular sound like lunatics.
Parks and the Hellas Verona die-hard soccer fans are the principal characters of the book and they were a hard bunch for me to like or relate to. They spend a large portion of their fandom drunk or high. They waste much of their emotion on trying to antagonize opposing fans or their own players. They seem to love playing the part of the "victim" after they have been detained by the police or their team has been beaten on the pitch.
Parks spends a good portion of time making observations on how soccer fits into Italian society, makes interesting observations, and tells humorous stories. I think most soccer fans would enjoy this book and travelers who have spent some time in Italy might enjoy it as well. I can't heartily recommend "A Season With Verona," though.
After I read Chuck Culpepper's "Bloody Confused" I was ready to hop on the trains and follow English Premier League teams all over Britain. After reading Tim Parks' "A Season With Verona" I'm not sure I ever want to set foot in Italy.
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