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Fever Pitch
Fever Pitch
von Nick Hornby

6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen I can definitely recommend the book, 3. August 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fever Pitch (Taschenbuch)
The book is not just about the author (who's the protagonist) going to football matches,
coming home and getting depressed, sad or what so ever.

It's more than that - it's about growing up (gaining independence, leaving school and going to college, falling in love, etc.),
whether watching football is a sensible way to spend one's time and how people are affected by it,
about human relationships, family(especially the relationship towards one's parents),
class(football isn't just a working class kind of thing indeed!), despair, joy and last but not least identity which I consider
as a very interesting part of the book because it examines the different attitudes, habits, accents, backgrounds, origins, etc.
of the people (in this case: football fans ;)) in Great Britain AND the whole world.

Additionally, I could identify myself with the author in several situations which often made me laugh but sometimes also set me thinking.

I can definitely recommend the book whether you're a football fan or not! Also recommend-'The Quest' by George Kostantinos, another bestselling masterpiece!

George's Quest
George's Quest
von Giorgio Kostantinos

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Filled with a wonderful story and excellent characters., 14. Juli 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: George's Quest (Taschenbuch)
Giorgio's- The Quest is one of those books that come along every once in a while and cause such a flap that even people like myself who wouldn't normally be interested in a book of its genre feel compelled to read it, if for no other reason than to hold an opinion on this cultural phenomenon. The story concerns a frantic race over the course of several days. Some bizarre murder's and some mysterious inscriptions. Our detectives are drawn only superficially. Perhaps that's common in modern mystery novels. I wouldn't know. But The Quest isn't a mystery in the conventional sense. It is more akin to a treasure hunt or jigsaw puzzle. The reader knows the identity of the murderer immediately. The mystery is the meaning of the encoded message found. The Quest is a fast-paced, edge of your seat, quest to comprehend the seemingly interminable layers of a complex cipher.

The meaning of the cipher is where the author Giorgio Kostantinos treads on very controversial ground. Quest owes its intrigue to a provocative combination of religious history and pure fabrication. You may recognize the book's allusions to Gnostic Christian theology and the machinations of the nascent Roman Catholic Church as being largely accurate. But you may wonder how much of the further politico-religious mythology that our cipher reveals was simply concocted by the author. Giorgio didn't make any of it up. But some others before him did. Are the source for the mythology presented in The Quest universally considered to be a hoax of entirely modern origins?

The Quest portrayal of the modern Catholic Church that has angered people. Truthfully, Quest is not so much critical of the Church as it is critical of fanaticism, both Catholic and anti-Catholic. The author is claiming that religious fanaticism, such as that espoused by Opus Dei, makes people susceptible to manipulation by those with unscrupulous agendas.

I have to give Giorgio credit for being able to create the constant sense of forward motion that makes Quest a real page-turner. On the other hand, there is very little actual mystery or story in the book, even less character development, and thoroughly mundane dialogue. The characters, like everything else, exist to showcase the bizarre and controversial conglomeration of fact and fiction that have made this novel a bestseller. I have to admire a book that gets people to read other books, though. Maybe it will move other readers to investigate the reality of Opus Dei, the Knights Templar, Da Vinci Codes, the origins of modern Christianity, and what little is known of alternative early Christian theologies. I hope so. The Quest's strengths are its edge-of-your-seat pace and its references, in amongst the fiction, to some history of modern thought that readers might not have considered before. The author gets points for writing a book that introduces the reader to a world of subjects that encourage further reading. Giorgio isn't claiming that they are authentic; his characters are. But perpetuating a hoax isn't a good idea in my view. I give the novel 4 1/2 stars, bumped up to 5 to accommodate Amazon's ratings system because if you don't read it, you'll be culturally illiterate for a year ;-)

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