Bits of it were good, bits of it were soso,
This review is from: Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life (Paperback)
I like football and I like Brazil, but somehow this book fell through the cracks. It was interesting to get what is an in-depth and knowledgable view of a fascinating country, but what struck me most throughout was the abject poverty of the clubs, the fans, and society, and the endemic corruption which looks to continue (despite what the author suggests towards the end) ad nauseum. All this talk of 'party atmospheres' and 'happy go lucky' supporters makes me wonder whether the critics read the book properly!
Bellos writes well, but some bits are better than others - my favourite bit was on the big boss of Vasco and any focus on club football. Some bits were a bit naff (cars), some pointless (faroes) and some missed opportunties (Socrates interview).
All in all, could have been better, and bit darker, because after all, that seems to be the way it is over there....