Fever Pitch

by Nick Hornby | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0575400153 Global Overview for this book
Registered by futurecat of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 1/28/2006
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, January 28, 2006
From mothercat's favourite second-hand bookshop. Bought specifically for Bookcrossing.

My review of another copy is here.

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Journal Entry 2 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Wrapped up as a lucky dip prize for the Dunedin bookcrossing convention. I think I may have seen it later in the evening in the hands of one of the Australian contingent.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Journal Entry 3 by jawin from Launceston, Tasmania Australia on Friday, February 24, 2006
This was my lucky dip prize at the Bookcrossing Convention in Dunedin 17 - 19 February, 2006. I've not read anything by this author before and, after having heard so much about him, I am looking forward to it. Thanks, pusses!

Journal Entry 4 by jawin from Launceston, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, March 11, 2006
Well, I tried; I truly did try. But I gave up.

There are a lot of football fans in England. If I lived in England, maybe I'd be a football fan too - but I somehow doubt it. Reading this book was like listening to a fisherman tell stories about the best fish they'd ever caught - interesting to someone who shares the passion, or to someone who was there - but tedious drivel to anyone else.

The book is, at heart, an autobiography of Hornby as an obsessive soccer fan growing up in the London area. In terms of word count, the emphasis is decidedly more on "football" than on "autobiography". While there were nuggets of self-revelation, there was much more of poring over the performance minutiae of players. And not football players in general, but - primarily - players for Arsenal, which I presume to be based in or near London. Who cares?

If it had turned into an examination of the global fanaticism surrounding the sport, there may have been some point to it, but it became a very personal description of Hornby's love affair with the game. I was fascinated that someone would write a game-by-game description of twenty-year-old soccer seasons - but even more amazed that anyone would want to read it!

Hornby may well be a good writer, but I'd recommend this only to someone who really really really loves soccer.

Released 16 yrs ago (5/7/2006 UTC) at Sherwood Post Office Sherwood Road Sherwood in Sherwood, Queensland Australia



Posted this book (together with 12 others) to linguistkris c/- the very remote Timber Creek settlement in the Northern Territory of Australia for her entertainment (and to save her having to bring books from Europe!)

Kris is working with the aboriginal community at Yarralin, researching and recording language, history and culture (and hoping to see a crocodile in the wild!).

Mailed at the Post Office Sherwood Road Sherwood Brisbane Queensland Australia at 9.10am Monday 08 May 2006.

To see where Timber Creek is, click on the above map. Look on the left hand side about half way up to find Kununurra... about two inches to the right you will see Timber Creek. This is the nearest place to where Kris will be that gets a mail delivery. She may get to the settlement once or twice a month.

Journal Entry 6 by winglinguistkriswing from Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, June 16, 2006
Funny enough, the (American version) "Fever Pitch" movie was one that was shown on my return flight from Australia last year, when I returned from my first field trip to Timber Creek. I get the impression that "Fever Pitch" and Australia really seem to go together very well, at least for me.

Journal Entry 7 by winglinguistkriswing from Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, June 30, 2006
Not a novel -let alone a love story, like the movie- at all, but an Arsenal-centered autobiography! Everything, it seems, in Nick Hornby's life, is connected to Arsenal, one of London's most illustrious football clubs. (Soccer, in this part of the world, where "football" is understood to be Aussie rules.)
Quite a surprise, but this made very pleasant reading for me. Not that I am overly mad about football (have never even been inside a stadium, and don't follow the Bundesliga -- although missing the world cup now does irk me enormously), but this book is more about an interest that has become an obsession, and why, and how that affects one's life. Hornby could as well have been crazy about water polo, or Mozart, or geocaching -- it would have made an interesting book all the same, seeing how much passion and insight shines through in every sentence of Fever Pitch.
Funny enough, it was the third book in a row I read just now with a male Londoner in his thirties for a protagonist -- I suppose that is as far away from my current life in Timber Creek as I need right now to give me a good break when I settle down for reading.

Journal Entry 8 by meandmybackpack from Chessington, Surrey United Kingdom on Friday, July 21, 2006
Bit of a random book, espcecially as I'm not much of footie fan but I guessed that as the World cup was on I'd give it a go !! Picked it up at Palm Court Backpackers and will be passing it on to a fellow traveller here in Adelaide, after that who knows ?!


Journal Entry 9 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Captured this book in the Adelaide Backpackers Inn. HAve not read it yet ... it's all set for my journey to New Zealand. Being an english soccer fan and from england, i'm looking forward to reading it.


Journal Entry 10 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, April 9, 2007
I plan to read it before i head back out on the road so i can leave it somewhere for others.


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