Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states?
Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities?
Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities.
This is a highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people and its national sport.
A book that combines the pleasures of travel writing with a profound analysis of one country's mad, mad way of keeping itself entertained.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, 30
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/03/2003
- Category: Football (Soccer, Association football)
- ISBN: 9780099422679
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Review by daniel.links
I only knew Tim Parks from his occasional guardian columns. He's a good and entertaining writer, and not necessarily who you'd expect to find supporting a club with a reputation for having quite a right-wing fan base. However, that's football.This is part an account of a football season following Verona to every away game; this also makes it part travelogue (although football fans go to different places than your average tourist) and part an essay on Italian politics and society, particularly the regionalism etc.I found it fascinating (and in hindsight, given the outcome of the match-fixing trials two years ago, even the more paranoid musings of the smaller clubs are possibly well borne out).
Review by Libra500
I'm not a football fan, and this book didn't make me one. But it's fascinating, tells you a lot about day to day life in Italy, and gives you a massive vocabulary of italian swearwords. Dio boia!
Review by Tony2704
Really enjoyed this, football mixed with travel what could be better ! Very enjoyable