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by Nick Hornby

Free eBook Fever Pitch download ISBN: 0575053151
Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Gollancz; Third Impression edition (1992)
Language: English
Pages: 256
Category: Sports Books
Subcategory: Soccer
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Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life is a 1992 autobiographical essay by British author Nick Hornby. The book is the basis for two films: Fever Pitch (1997, UK) and Fever Pitch (2005, .

Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life is a 1992 autobiographical essay by British author Nick Hornby. It tells the story of the author's relationship with football and with Arsenal Football Club, in particular

Hornby’s triumph is that, without glossing over its large-scale stupidities and discomforts, he makes the terrace life seem not just plausible but sometimes near heroic in its single-minded vehemence, its heart-shaking highs and lows’ Ian Hamilton, Independent on Sunday. An absolutely marvellous book’ Matthew Engel, Guardian. We don’t have a lot of time for Arsenal round my way but even we rose to applaud Fever Pitch. A compulsory text even for Chelsea fans’ Giles Smith, Independent.

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Fever Pitch is Hornby’s tribute to a lifelong, obsession soccer. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis of insanity, Hornby’s award-winning memoir captures the fever pitch of fandom its agony and ecstasy, its community, its defining role in thousands of young men’s coming of age stories, Fever Pitch is one for the home team

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A brilliant memoir from the beloved, bestselling author of Funny Girl, High Fidelity and About A Boy.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In America.

In America, it is soccer. Nick Hornby has been a football fan since the moment he was conceived. Or call it preschool.

Nicholas Peter John Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English writer and lyricist. He is best known for his memoir Fever Pitch and novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, all of which were adapted into feature films. Hornby's work frequently touches upon music, sport, and the aimless and obsessive natures of his protagonists. His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide as of 2018. In a 2004 poll for the BBC, Hornby was named the 29th most influential person in British culture.

Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby's, award-winnning football classic. A spanking 7-0 away win of a football book. inventive, honest, funny, heroic, charming' Independent

Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby's, award-winnning football classic. inventive, honest, funny, heroic, charming' Independent. For many people watching football is mere entertainment, to some it's more like a ritual; but to others, its highs and lows provide a narrative to life itself

Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession

Publisher: Victor Gollancz, 1992. In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real football. No pads, no prayers, no prisoners. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis of insanity, Hornby’s award-winning memoir captures the fever pitch of fandom-its agony and ecstasy, its community, its defining role in thousands of young mens’ coming-of-age stories. Fever Pitch is one for the home team. But above all, it is one for everyone who knows what it really means to have a losing season.

Fever Pitch is the anatomy of that obsession, a knowing, bittersweet, and very funny autobiography in which the writer's life is. .Hornby and Arsenal were made for each other. As a teenager he was 'dour, defensive, argumentative, repressed' - and, season after season, so were Arsenal.

Fever Pitch is the anatomy of that obsession, a knowing, bittersweet, and very funny autobiography in which the writer's life is measured not in years, but in seasons - not by the Gregorian calendar, but by the Gunners' fixture list. First, it's a sound corrective to Bill Buford's inaccurate and morally repellent Among The Thugs.

This is a book about identity, belonging, obsession; about afternoons in the driving rain and bitter cold and glorious, unforgettable goals; getting your head read in Hampstead and punched at Highbury; the dazzling skills of the gods of football and leaving your girlfriend lying fainted on the terraces because Arsenal are about to score. It's about the moments of ecstasy in one man's life. And his pain. And it's about the only true question there is: Which comes first, Football or Life?
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When author Nick Hornby admits to his audience that before a North London derby on March 4, 1987 that he’d seen a psychiatrist, at that point you’re in no way surprised, particularly if you’re a committed football club supporter, yourself. But after drawing so many parallels with Hornby throughout his life as an Arsenal fan, you, yourself, begin to wonder how far off the shrink is in your own life. By many accounts Fever Pitch is just a collection of the writer’s memoirs about his experiences at the football. At times you can put yourself in his shoes and feel for the Gunners’ misfortunes regardless of your own allegiance. In others, you feel inclined to laugh whether it’s at the coming of age events Hornby endures at Highbury and beyond or his overall mood and sentiment toward peripheral aspects of his life and how they interact with his primary existence, being an Arsenal fan. Either way, you get the feeling he’s laughing along with you.

Nevertheless, Fever Pitch is much more than the ramblings of a mad man. Hornby, conditioned by a life where he constantly struggles to find his place (all inclusively traced from boyhood to his thirties), engagingly illustrates an accurate account of Arsenal’s history from the sixties to early nineties as well as a telling reflection of the encapsulated socioeconomic eras. The rise and fall of England’s World Cup triumph, Arsenal’s double in ’71, the coming and going of hooliganism’s height in the eighties, the Hillsborough tragedy, and the last minute league championship heroics at Anfield in ‘89 are all topics he covers, but then so are the divorce of his parents, Technicolor, waves of musical influence, the blight of finding fulfilling work, girlfriends and ex-girlfriends, the National Front, terrace racism, the results of the Taylor Report and more. That being said, he warns the reader at the beginning that they will be required to entertain the conclusions he draws relating to literature, theatre, art, and so on. As the pages turn, you grow up with Nick Hornby.

Hornby frequently apologizes throughout, as if to say: I know you don’t really understand, but you’re not the first and I accept that. The trouble is, if you’re as football-crazed as we are at The Away End, you do understand, almost effortlessly. For an American, depending on your age, a life like Hornby’s in almost all instances isn’t one you had the enjoyment and simultaneous torture of living out. However, as a suburban boy Hornby is tasked with convincing others and himself more so that he belongs to Arsenal, a club from the city. This is much in the way many Americans view the clubs to which they devout their transplanted hearts to in London, Manchester, Barcelona, or Milan. Read Fever Pitch for the humor, for the culture, and for the unanticipated emotional relation you can make you with your own journey as a football fan. It would make a great history lesson of eras past unbeknownst to new and/or young fans of the beautiful game.
What is interesting to me about this book, and frankly just about all books about sports nuts, is there comes a day when a person decides to follow a team. It's not like you were born supporting Arsenal, Man United, etc. Sometime during your life you have to choose to follow a team. Most young boys pick the team their Dad follows, but not always. What comes from it after that is completely up to the individual.

So what sets apart Fever Pitch from other books? Nick Hornby gives the fanatic part of being a fan its true definition. He decides to support Arsenal. But that is not enough, he is completely and totally obsessed with Arsenal. This book offers many funny anecdotes of how this obsession takes over his life. One of the things Mr. Hornby doesn't shy away from is how this affects other areas of his life. How he misses out on many of the social aspects of family, friends, and eventually even girlfriends. There is a dark side to always having to know every detail of every player and every game.

I found myself reading this book and having sympathy for him. He can't seem to help himself. He probably needs therapy to help him through life. This is the beauty of this book. It completely immerses you in his world. You hear the stories of his youth, the mistakes he has made in life, all wrapped within the context of his obsession. There is probably enough material here for any obsession to be covered. From drugs, alcohol, smoking, etc. They all have the same affect on life and in their most addictive forms truly portray Mr. Hornby's fixation on Arsenal.

o learn the inside story of Arsenal from a fan's perspective over half a lifetime
o excellent story-telling - brings reader into his world completely
o builds sympathy for all the characters involved

o kinda gets a little creepy with this - perhaps this is a positive, because it certainly affected me as a reader

Overall - I recommend this book. Especially to any American fans of soccer. It gives you an excellent detailed story of how some of the English fans follow their team.
One of the things that I've come to understand when trying to review books (as well as many other things in life) is that sometimes I won't connect with a book that otherwise might be a good book. This is one of those times. I'm not saying that this is a bad book, but I struggled to complete it. The book is essentially an autobiography of the author, Nick Hornby, as told through the lens of his obsession with the Arsenal football team. I think the reason it didn't connect with me is that while Hornby seems like a nice fellow and has quite a few high profile works to his credit, I wasn't interested in reading his autobiography. That left the football content which was well done, but as an emerging fan of English football, there just wasn't enough original insight into football to hold my interest.

I did learn quite a bit about the history and psychology of the Arsenal football club and that was the most interesting portion of the book for me. I now understand much better why Arsenal developed a reputation over the years as being "boring" and I thought the portion of the book where Hornby described the club's flirtation with "Total Football" to be interesting. There just wasn't enough of that sort of content in the book to hold my interest. If you are an Arsenal fan, I think this would be an excellent book to learn more about the history of the club as seen through a fan's eyes who watched it unfold over the years.