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On the Road: A Journey Through a Season [Paperback]

Daniel Harris
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Speakeasy Books (Jun 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0956594409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956594402
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and Unevocative 21 Nov 2011
Daniel Harris must have a lot of journalist friends, because the comments promoting this book are baffling. I was expecting acerbic and amusing football commentary mixed in with social observation as the author travels around the country. Instead, it's just a blog transferred into print, written with all the feel of a man sat in front of a computer (which is where he watches a fair few of the matches). Some of the football criticism is good - his criticism of Ferguson is refreshing and necessary - some of it not so good, such as his ongoing demand to replace Nani with Obertan, but the book mostly reads as a rant written by a not particularly pleasant football fan. Any social observation consists of "Blackburn really is a horrible place" and at Sunderland "the crowd was a particularly dense shade of fat." All I came away with was a sense of the vituperative nastiness of the modern fan reared on TV, so it's authentic in that sense at least.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the blueprint for all future football books 27 July 2010
If you are like me, you may have had doubts about the basic premise of this book: a week-by-week review of United's 2009/2010 season. However, from the first page your attention will be instantly grabbed by the iconoclastic take on events on and off the field. Only when you make it through to the final match of the season will you realise you've been exposed to anything but the typical blinkered views you may have been expecting from what is obviously a hardcore fan. In particular the views expressed about Sir Alex Ferguson may not be agreed with, but they are certainly thought-provoking. This is easily one of the most stylish, insightful, self-aware and philosophical narratives of its genre and I recommend you buy a copy quick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of 2010 29 July 2010
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Compelling reading. No other book i've come across has managed to mix insightful football analysis with such cutting humour. Can't recommend it enough
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A shot off target 25 Mar 2012
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Not one of the best 'follow United for a season' books. Too much of a rant about Glazers owning the club, Ferguson's poor selection and tactics, and way off the mark players comments ('sell Nani to make way for Obertan and Tosic'! - FFS). Sounds more like he should be supporting Chelsea or FC United rather than a true United fan 100% behind the club and its players.
Only redeeming feature is some comments about opposition players and managers. Could have been quite entertaining but too much bile to wade through in the process. Plenty of better options out there
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misery in Manchester 29 July 2011
Well written. I even laughed a couple of times but on the whole the feeling I got was that the author is just a miserable git. The only time he seems happy was not really when United won more when someone else had lost. I appreciate his obvious love for most things Manchester United but his unpleasant attacks on people he didn't like were unbalanced and his predictions have not materialised. United have significantly improved on that season not shuffled off to die. The anti Glazer movement has crumbled and Park and Valencia are heros at Old Trafford now unlike Johnny Evans who the author seems to think is a better player than Rio Ferdinand. An entertaining book, witty at times but spoiled by bile.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems .... 1 Oct 2011
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Book cover shows lots of ticket stubs ..... "on the Road....." .... "Journey through ... " led me to believe this was a book about a fan's weekly visits to watch Manchester United play. Lots of stories about getting up early, long motorway journeys, different culture at different grounds, individual flavour of places visited. Always wanted to understand what motivates fans to get up early Sat week after week to follow their clubs. So hoping for lots of stories devotional, reflective, funny. NOT QUITE. There are few subjects in this world I personally find more boring than men who seem to have no interest (bored apathy) towards the society in which they live (education , health, pensions, social services, the old folks home their parents live in , how we make and sell goods competitively (no opinions, couldn't care less other than what they parrot from the tabloids) who get hot under the collar about which £200K a week foreign player is playing each week and whether he's in the proper position. Same old inconsequential stuff week after week year after year. Boring and of no consequence to anyone. Well I'm sure Daniel is a great writer (British Sports Book Awards it says on the cover so he must be) and his writing is certainly much better than the rubbish in the tabloids but what he writes about ... NONE of the above ... not a word. Just who played, did they play well, should they play somewhere different blah blah blah .... I know there's a market for this and lots of people love it and I respect that but ... not my cup of tea ...sorry.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another diary of a season 11 April 2011
I got this as it was recommended but it turned out to be yet another boring diary of a season, but better written and with literary quotes beginning about a quarter of the chapters. Unless you went to the matches he describes, away games in the 2009-10 season, it is of little interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read 13 Aug 2010
Here's a book that tells it like it is. A real fan's perspective of the slings and arrows of supporting one of the world's greatest clubs. As a Palace fan, I can't really empathise with the quality of the opposition or the sense of injustice at not winning everything, but the original, witty anecdotes and acerbic style kept me laughing and turning pages. I'd recommend this book to any football fan, no, make that anyone, with a sense of humour and appreciation of schadenfreude...
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