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A Season with Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Characters Paperback – 8 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; Reprint edition (8 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559706813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559706810
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,260,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the last few months Anglo-Italian novelist Tim Parks has been writing of his devotion to Italian football club Hellas Verona in The Guardian. In A Season with Verona we get a chance to read the full and absorbing narrative that lay behind those short snippets.

In some ways the book is a standard travelogue. In following his lowly Series A team in their seasonal slog around Italy, Parks gets to visit all the famous sights and cities. What makes this journey so different and so interesting is that Parks is accompanied by vividly ordinary, honestly working-class, determinedly urban Italians and gets to share their Nick Hornbyish highs and lows. This in turn provides a credible, fresh and revealing insight into the Italian character. These fans do all the normal soccer-supporter things like fight, drink, despair, exult, rant and put each other in comas; but they also do more surprising things, like sing songs in praise of the murderous Liverpool fans of Heysel and give voice to racist feelings about their southern compatriots.

This may not sound like most people's image of southern loveliness. Indeed it isn't. But it is a much needed antidote to all that saccharine-sweet Under The Tuscan Sun stuff; and it also makes this book a splendid bedside companion to the Italian campaign in the next, or indeed any, World Cup. --Sean Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Addictive reading...each chapter is a short story, the whole book an epic" (Observer)

"Parks knows his football, and he knows Italy still better. His adopted country, in all its enduring and exasperating strengths and weaknesses, comes vividly to life" (Sunday Times)

"A fascinating emotional journey... His descriptions of Italian football are descriptions of Italy itself, its regional differences, its squabbles, its distinctive temper" (Daily Telegraph)

"An enthralling, insightful account of the real Italy" (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Sedgwick VINE VOICE on 28 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
A great book loosely based upon Verona's epic 2000-2001 Season in Serie A. The book is in diary form, so the author, like the reader, doesn't know the eventual outcome when he writes each chapter. This somehow adds to the excitement whilst reading it.
As well as Verona the book covers many asides in all sorts of areas such as Italian politics, hooliganism, life in Italy, the Italian language, racism, the difference between the north and the south, the bias towards the big clubs and the Italian police's awful treatment of away fans.
My favourite part was the description of the regular supporters of Verona, and their travels to away games (the first chapter is an absolute classic). Parks clearly adores Italy and his enthusiasm for the country is infectious (I challenge anyone not to want to stand on Verona's Curva Sud after reading this book). Parks also gets to interview some of the players, management and club owners which adds to the pure adventure of the unfolding tale.
At the end of the day - despite all the differences between Italy and England - the comforting fact to know is that being a fan of any football team, especially a small, unfashionable one, is essentially the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By on 2 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
After reading Nick Hornby's 'Fever Pitch' many years ago, I felt at the time that no one would ever produce a better novel of this type.Tim Parks has proved me wrong.
Unlike Hornby, Parks does not have the luxury of relying on a lifetime of childhood memories or championship triumphs for material.
Initially I asked myself, how can he write about Hellas Verona without having rheems of material on the club's scudetto (championship) winning season in 1985? Not an easy task, but one which Parks overcomes by going beyond the standard subjects addressed in the pulpable post Hornby contributions of the same genre.
The irrationality of loyalty, local rivalries and the post modern condition associated with violence, constitute standard fare for this type of book, and accordingly Parks, unlike others who have followed the same path, does not disappoint. However, the book's real strength (Mr Hornby et al, please note) is the manner in which it identifies the intracies of Italian history and contemporary life in modern calcio. This is seen, for example, in the case of the Verona supporter who ignores the Italian national team, preferring to concentrate on the exploits of the Rumanian international midfielder (Mutu) who plays for the club. The manner in which Parks does this has as much to do with the strong residual feelings of pre-unification city-state parochialism and incomplete Italian national identity, than any perceived petty fanatacism. All this substance from just one paragraph in the book!
Parks' least generous critics could argue that the book is aided by Hellas Verona's dramatic 2000-2001 season. This is not so, because these events without the analytical context provided by Parks would read like a long (and boring) chronological report. A chronology which this Reggina tiffoso, as evidenced by the book's last chapter, would not bother revisiting if there was not a broader and original tale to be told.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2002
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This will surely become one of the legendary books about soccer and about Italy. It is also a brilliantly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable book that you won't be able to put down even if you have no interest in soccer at all. A long-time resident of Verona, Italy, Tim Parks decides to follow the fortunes of its soccer team through one long, harrowing season that eventually builds to an extraordinary climax. Along the way we are treated to a close-up view of a world that is never described in the tourist brochures. We travel with the most rabid fans as they trek the length and breadth of Italy, and we listen as they tell their stories and share their hopes, dreams and obessions. Parks draws a warmly telling portrait of his cohorts, and builds and intriguing picture of the world they inhabit. Although they are continually accused of racism and a fondness for violence, Parks sets them firmly in a culture which is struggling to absorb ethnic and social change. He has a marvelous feel for the warmth of their camaraderie, their idiosynchrosies and their glorious humanity. Parks also gets to know the players, the management, and the journalists, indeed the whole apparatus of the Italian soccer circus. And he travels Italy as no tourist will ever travel it, escorted by the police through stone throwing mobs into sunblistered stadiums, rolling through long nights in squalid busses listening to the almost mythical sagas of the supporters and flying in luxury with a team of pampered athletes whose trainer seems interested only in thrillers. In short, this is about as rich and wonderful a book as you are ever going to read. Congratulations Mr. Parks and thank you for an amazing treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By on 15 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is one strange book. It starts with about fifty pages introducing you to these hard core fans on a long long away game. It's fun and you think. Right, it's going to be one of those books. And instead then it changes, and it changes again and again, with all the weirdest ways of thinking about football or describing games. At first some of it's a bit off-putting and you think maybe it's going to get pseud, but as it goes on, talking about the players, and girl fans, and the football calendar and Italy, you realise what he's really talking about is all the ways football invades you head and what it means that you let it do that and that you experience emotions that maybe have nothing to do with the 'important' things in your life. Anyway, a great book, I really really enjoyed it and read some of the sections twice. Can't understand ..being predictable. Don't think I've ever read a book that turned out to be more different than I first thought.
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