A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy In Search Of Illusion, National Character And Goals!

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  • Title: A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy In Search Of Illusion, National Character And Goals!
  • Author: Tim Parks
  • ISBN: 9780436275951
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. On principle, I have to give five stars to any book that could inspire in me, of all people, an interest in sports. In this highly engaging and endlessly fascinating memoir, British expatriate Tim Parks chronicles his experiences attending every Hellas Verona game throughout the course of one season, in 2001. Honestly I can't say enough good things about this book: it was a dramatic and profound experience; I was so invested in the outcome of each game (despite how long ago it was--despite being [...]

    2. One of the best books about football's deeper appeal; Verona,a city often forgotten about in the classical litany of great Italian cities,has some of the most intense footballing rivalries -- with minnows like Chievo Verona, the 'Flying Donkeys',but also with the near neighbours,Brescia,Padova & my Italian team,Vicenza.(I followed the 'biancorossi' for the 1985-86 season which ended in the 'calcionero' fall-out & a punishment for corruption;Vicenza's promotion from 'B' to 'A' was overtur [...]

    3. Perhaps the best soccer memoir ever written. Vastly superior to the earlier Castel de Sangro book. Excellent tale of Italian football through Verona’s struggle with possible relegation. Good look at Italy in the eyes of fans, and what makes the rivalries. Cheating, Divining, possible match fixing, its all there and fun.I reread this following my trip to Italy and it is even better when read as a travelogue.

    4. Only a handful of books have ever brought me to tears from laughter, yet Park's account of "da bomb" had me rolling. Overall a very well written account, featuring future stars like Mutu and Laursen. And what a deal, "Honey, I have to attend every road game for the whole season. It's for work, really."

    5. If you are not in love with Italy already, you will be after reading this British expat's experience of living in Verona with his Italian wife and children. This book, in particular, touches on the universal experience of world soccer fanaticism.

    6. One of the best sports books I have ever read. Plus an insight into the Italian psyche. What's not to like?

    7. My favourite sports book and believe me I've read a few. It has the real authenticity of a fan going to every game. It helps that he chose a nail biting season for Hellas Verona too.

    8. Really enjoyed this book - Parks' account of following Verona around during the 2000-01 season, attending every league match home and away. Great descriptions of the regional and local tensions between various parts of Italy with all the major vested interests in football - including supporters, players, managers, owners, referees, the media, the game's governing authorities and (as it was election time) politicians - having their voices heard or at least their motives explored.Doesn't sugar coa [...]

    9. An immersive account A wonderful read! For a person reasonably familiar with Italian football but not familiar with the Italian people,this was an eye opener. Parks travels for an entire season with the Brigate ( the Hellas Verona fans) and lives to tell the tale! Read it for a rowdy rousing tale of male bawdiness, football as a reflection of the nation conscience & above all the relationship between an English man and his affection for a provincial Italian club.

    10. While I enjoy Tim Park's writing, the subject matter could not, would not hold my interest!I find football very uninteresting and as such I could not invest any more time in the book and could not finish it.On to Italian Education.

    11. Very good book and gives great insight inside the fan mindset and why fans are important. TV can bring revenues but without the atmosphere in the stadium and the euphoria and depressions with each match is what the game is about.

    12. Excellent overview of the passion of Italians for soccer. Just felt it was 150 pages too long. Neat to read it in Verona.

    13. This book is a pure delight. I was in a sort of agony as a multitude of obligations made me read it slowly, a chapter at a time, for a couple weeks. It's perfectly written and exquisitely paced. I didn't just *learn* what it was like to be with the die-hard Verona fans, I *felt* like them. While not a soccer fan, I could understand and relate to their suffering, their elation and their subconscious desire for just one thing in a week that would let them forget who they were, what they did for a [...]

    14. Excellent narrative of Hellas Verona's travails home and away in Serie A, season 2000/01. Tim Parks is an Englishman that emigrated to Verona some years before and had been a fan of his adopted home town club for several years before deciding to embark on this journey. A dramatic year ensued, of ups and downs, of violence and swearing, of near misses and glorious victories, Parks captures the fan experience like no one else. The bond built between hard core fans following their club up and down [...]

    15. This book starts off brilliantly with the tale of a boozy, drug-fuelled organised coach journey for Verona fans to a far-flung away match. The chapter blew me away and I thought I was in for a real treat as I continued through the book. Unfortunately though that chapter was the book's highlight and the other chapters couldn't compare with some proving to be a lot poorer. For example chapters where the author went on a tangent and talked about something completely unrelated to football but tried [...]

    16. I had read Tim Parks' other books, Italian Education and Italian Neighbours, so I was already familiar with his writing style, which I find is quite easy to read. The book follows a season - home and away - with his adopted local club, Hellas Verona. Each chapter more or less gives an account of one game (some have more than one, but they are the exception). If the team is away, there is usually an account of the journey, whether by coach or train with the gialloblu brigate, or occasionally with [...]

    17. I had high expectations for this book, having thoroughly enjoyed Parks' Italian memoirs, Italian Neighbors, and An Italian Education. The book is the story of the Hellas Verona football (soccer) team as Parks follows them through an entire 30+ game season. You meet the players, coaches, owners, and fans, and get to know more than soccer; you learn about the place that the game holds in modern Italian society. I say "modern," but the game truly has a historical reference. Parks writes that "there [...]

    18. It is a few years since I read this classic football book and reading the posted reviews brought it all back to me. Some times books stick with you and you quote them at everyone to read 'A season with Verona' is one such book.You dont have to like all the people who travel the length and breadth of Italy with but you actually do, whilst you dont agree with their views there is something admirable in following your team the length of Italy to be met with hostility, see them get beat and travel a [...]

    19. This is, bar none, the best football book I have ever had the pleasure to read.An expatriate Englishman, living two decades in Italy, narrates the tale of following Hellas Verona for a season in the Serie A, travelling to all the away matches and sharing the journey of the season as his club fights a relegation battle to stay in the top flight. The book is full of insights into the blurred lines of regional rivalries, political conspiracies influencing the game and the unique idiosynchrocies of [...]

    20. A fantastic account of a journey through Italy following Hellas Verona.Starting with the first game of the season, the book opens up with an explosive encounter with the passionate Gialloblu fans onboard a "busy" bus to the first game of the season, away to Bari; a mere 530 miles away - a midnight departure for a 3pm game! A stark contrast to some transport in England I expect! The pace somewhat decreases after the first chapter but still fascinating nonetheless.The racism involved is shocking b [...]

    21. The author, Tim Parks, goes to every game of Hellas Verona for a full season, and documents his experience in this book. It is a little under 500 pages, which is a little long to devote to this subject (I did so only unwittingly). The narrative is casual—frustratingly so at times—so he often delves into discussions of local customs and Italian culture. Parks is an American, who has lived in Verona, Italy for a few decades, and so his take on Italian culture resonates with me. He follows the [...]

    22. This is NOT a book strictly about football sop if that puts you off, you're better off not reading it. This is a book about Italy and football serves as a focal point around which the author's observations revolve. Nonetheless, this was one of those books that I enjoyed more than I expected, for a lot of reasons. I'm also an expatriate, whose had to deal with two strange sets of bureaucracy and thinking which made perfect sense to the people who lived there and none top anyone thinking "logicall [...]

    23. This book sits rather uneasily between categories. It is in some sense the third volume of Parks's trilogy on Italian society from the perspective of a permanent resident (it follows Italian Neighbors and Itialian Education). And it is clearly a contribution to the long series of studies of the cultural importance of soccer. Like Italian Education, it is sprinkled with fine insights into Italy, and the portraits of the soccer fans are colorfully drawn. But the perspective of the somewhat skeptic [...]

    24. Tim Parks is an Englishman who has lived and taught for many years in Verona. He has written several books about Italian life (Italian Neighbors, An Italian Education), all worth reading. This is probably the most amusing. He attaches himself to an unruly band of tifosi (soccer fans) who call themselves the Brigate Gialloblu (yellow-blue brigade). They attend all the games, following their team to the far corners of Italy, often on drunken overnight bus trips. Very funny in parts, the book also [...]

    25. Intellectuals and football are seldom a good combination and intellectuals and football fans, let alone 'ultras,' seem an impossible combination. Tim Parks does a pretty good job at describing his trips with the Hellas Verona fans and does not use too bad stereotypes (like Bill Bufford). His descriptions of the little things in his trips are the most enjoyable. His forced attempts to integrate everything into a broader narrative about Berlusconi's Italy the most annoying. Overall, one of the mor [...]

    26. Along with Fever Pitch this offers a fantastic insight into why, as legendary manager Bill Shankly once said "football isn't a matter of life and death, its much more important than that". As someone who has loved the game since I was 10 years old he does an excellent job of showing how the sport is more than just a game. It also acts as an interesting study of male group psychology and provides a wonderful look at life in Italy. It may be a something that mostly appeals to football fans but I w [...]

    27. Engliah bloke gets Hellas Verona season ticket, goes to games, travelling away with the ultras from their curva Sud. Then he tries to summarise Italian life through various football metaphors.He does a really good job of capturing how football works for a fan. You only remember snapshots of games usually, and so he focusses on those snapshots. Helps that Verona had a very dramatic end to the season he was writing about (00-01), wouldn't have been quite the same had it petered out to a midtable f [...]

    28. Just as thrilling and wonderful a read as it was the first time. Engagingly written, Parks' book is not only an irresistible story for fans of Italian soccer, but also anyone interested in how culture and sport overlap. It's also a fascinating sort of frozen moment in the early careers of players, coaches, and officials who are now big names -- Adriano Mutu, Massimo Oddo, Mauro Camoranesi and Alberto Gilardino are just kids when it takes place, and Cesare Prandelli and Rino Foschi were rising to [...]

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