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The thinking man's football book.,
This review is from: Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs (Kindle Edition)
It's hard for the modern man (or woman) to really engage with football culture in the 21st century. It seems so clear that all the values and ideals of the politically correct liberal education we receive from our modern society conflict with the neanderthal images of true football fans. Even though football has now been taken over by the "prawn sandwich brigade" of middle class families who go to watch games at grounds, true fans know that this is not the living heartbeat of football. So what can one do? First off - you should read this book. Written in genius fashion as both an ode to football and a critique of its worst excesses, it also seems to show the dilemmas of a modern football fan, through the story of a former player, turned fan and obsessed anti-fan. One can feel the author struggling with the various impulses created by being a thinking critic and a passionate adherent of the one true faith. Mikey's character takes the love/hate relationship all fans should have with the game to its absurd yet logical conclusion. Glass' humour suffuses the book with warmth, and the reader is left not knowing whether to laugh, cry or write an angry letter. A fantastic read. I highly recommend.