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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern delight
Its just a pity that more books about Eastern European football aren't available. I base that upon this great read and that of "Behind the curtain....." by Jonathan Wilson who writes the foreword for this book. So whilst there are a few other books on the subject floating around, its still a small number in comparison. A couple of reviews have noted that the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst football book ive ever read
I was looking forward to this publication,thinking it would be along the lines of Tim Parks a season with verona...i couldnt have been more wrong.Long winded and plain boring,the author and his fellow fans are colourless,pessimistic characters,i use the words characters loosely,the football appears awful,the story woeful,its all along the lines of away at so and so next...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastern delight, 7 July 2014
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godzilla78 (northern ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers (Paperback)
Its just a pity that more books about Eastern European football aren't available. I base that upon this great read and that of "Behind the curtain....." by Jonathan Wilson who writes the foreword for this book. So whilst there are a few other books on the subject floating around, its still a small number in comparison. A couple of reviews have noted that the book is rather boring and full of Serbian politics. Utter rubbish. The book is far from boring (perhaps the football on offer to the writer is) and politics in Serbia always spill over into other areas of society. After all, football is a political weapon in Serbia.

So the book follows the adventures of an Arsenal fan who moves to Belgrade due to his job (working for theHome Office). Initially torn over who to follow he is given some advice by his local co-workers. Thus Partizan are chosen over Red Star on the basis they are the less xenophobic of the two clubs. But far be it from only the clubs in Belgrade to be responsible for such behaviour. Hence why the author makes a point of involving local politics in the book. There was a lot of bad blood and that was before the fall of Yugoslavia. James Moor is a dedicated fan given the amount of time he spends following Partizan around Serbia. The standard of football is laughable at time as most of the action takes place in the stands rather than the pitch.

But its a lot more than just a fan following his chosen team. The club itself is a hotbed of internal friction between rival fan groups as well as the owner and his own staff. And just when things couldn't get any worse......enter Avram Grant! Say no more on that one.

So anyone yearning for a footy tale which doesn't revolve around the pampered prima donnas of the Premier League, La Liga etc then this may be the book for you. Just a pity it wasn't longer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any football fan, 19 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers (Paperback)
An excellent insight into the culture of football supporters in Eastern Europe.
Carefully put together descriptions with just the right dose of comedy will make you feel like you're in the crowd (but equally, quite glad that you're not).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into another footballing culture, 12 Oct 2013
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Highly recommended. I thought that James James Moor's humour and love of football really shone through throughout this book and it was utterly fascinating and a hugely enjoyable read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-down able, 15 Sep 2013
This review is from: Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers (Paperback)
Just finished Grobar in a single sitting. Loved it. Having lived for a time in Serbia and attended the odd Partizan game myself, I can vouch for the sharply-accurate, wonderfully bitter-sweet way Moor portrays the football-supporting scene in Belgrade. Loads of laugh-out-loud moments in a book that covers the (mostly dire) football itself very well but not too heavily. It's principle focuses - the fascinating world of on- and off-terrace intrigues in Serbia (itself a pretty intriguing place), and the still-raw political, historical and cultural backdrop to it all - is captured in the witty style of a football-loving diplomat, with plenty of colourful local vernacular thrown in for good measure!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Moor is a very talented writer, 28 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers (Paperback)
This book gives you a great insight in Serbian football, Serbian politics and Serbian life, including the author's. And it is funny too! I can highly recommend Grobar.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst football book ive ever read, 12 Sep 2013
This review is from: Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers (Paperback)
I was looking forward to this publication,thinking it would be along the lines of Tim Parks a season with verona...i couldnt have been more wrong.Long winded and plain boring,the author and his fellow fans are colourless,pessimistic characters,i use the words characters loosely,the football appears awful,the story woeful,its all along the lines of away at so and so next week 3 hour drive,terrible game drove home etc.Some mind numbing serbian politics are also introduced.You have no feeling for the author or the team.I ve been reading the book for 5 weeks,but still havent finished it,the book is truly mind numbing.I have read countless football books,this is the only one i have couldnt finish,and is without doubt the worst football book ive ever read.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book...for insomniacs, 15 Sep 2013
This review is from: Grobar: Partizan Pleasure, Pain and Paranoia: Lifting the Lid on Serbia's Undertakers (Paperback)
I found this book hard work.Dire football,boring political insights,insipid characters,i found it difficult to build up any positive feeling for either the author or the team.Good book for insomniacs.Very poor,there are far better books than this out there.
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