Nothing but 5 stars, for accuracy, honesty, and compassion,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream (Taschenbuch)
I could hardly care less about football. After one season of playing in the marching band for my high school's games, I dropped out of the music program. I don't watch sports today. But I thought this book was incredible.
The reviewer below who attacked the book for "not really being about football" missed the point. Several reviewers further back who grooved on the memories of playing the game may have missed it, too, but that they were able to do that shows what a fair and rich account this is. The book is really about economic realities, communal dreams, the way adults live through their kids and sometimes use them up even before they've grown, and how people can lose perspective in a crowd.
I grew up on the south coast of Oregon, in a school which did not have quite the football dynasty that Permian does, but took the game almost as seriously (still does). I think people from almost any corner of the country would recognize the landscape in this book. Those of us who were not in the thick of such intensity missed something, yes ... but we're probably the better for it later on.
On top of being rich and affecting, this book is simply beautifully written. It's poetic without being either flowery or preachy. And that's an achievement in itself.