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Fever Pitch – Book & Movie Review

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby starring Colin Firth

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

I’m a Gooner through and through; a die-hard if you will.  So it should come as no surprise that I’ll talk the ear off of anyone fool-hardy enough to start listening to me when the book Fever Pitch comes up in conversation.  Thing is, this book represents a lot more than just the Arsenal and what it means to be an Arsenal supporter.  You don’t have to take just me at my word; there is a long-time BASer, Mike Varrin, who eventually became a BAS Referee and mainstay in the supporters section at BMO, who grew up supporting Liverpool but will gladly admit that this book resonates almost as deeply with his Merseyside supporting redness as it does with my canon loving Goonery.  (I’ve never bothered to find out if it has the same effect on Spurs fans because, really, who cares what they think about anything anyway?)

Like his other novels, Hornby tells the tale of a love-addled, angst-ridden young man – but unlike his other novels, he tells the young man’s story from childhood to eventual, proper, adult maturity, using Arsenal matches and results as the significant sign-posts of important life-changing or affecting events.

In short, it’s genius.   (more…)