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5.0 out of 5 stars A MODERN CLASSIC, 19 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Football Factory (Paperback)
The Football Factory is a brilliantly written piece of work, which easily surpasses anything else written on the subject (one slightly inferior exception to this is 'Away Days'). King's main character, Tom, is totally believable. I thought King's handling of the ambiguity of racial attitudes in modern Britain, via Tom and Mr Farrell, was superbly done, as was his handling of issues surrounding old age. The quality of some of the prose is astonishing. Consider the following. Mr Farrell is at the funeral of his best friend who has died suddenly and breaks down in tears, as he thinks of, not only his friend, but his deceased wife who passed away three years earlier, and who he's kept alive in his head, having conversations with her over cups of tea. 'Finally Mr Farrell stood up and broke through the weakness because that's all that tears could ever be. Conditioned by his background and sex not to show emotion, that was for the privileged with time on their hands and a need for excessive psychology.' Prose of this quality occurs throughout the book. You don't need to have any interest in football or football violence to appreciate this modern classic. I pushed it on to a female colleague, a young teacher of French, who hated football. She read it and, on giving it back to me, simply said, 'It's brilliant.' She then bought 'Headhunters.'

Another reviewer, who only gave this book two stars, criticizes the book by saying it's Arthur Seaton meets Clockwork Orange. But what's wrong with that? I have a feeling that King has been influenced by both Alan Sillitoe and Anthony Burgess.
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2015 10:39:52 BDT
RCM888 says:
The comma doesn't need to be used after practically every, single, word, you, know.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2015 23:04:11 BDT
J says:
Tell me where a comma was included in that review which wasn't necessary. Clue: there is only one.
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