Far Foreign Land: Pride and Passion the Liverpool Way Paperback – 14 Jun 2006
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I expected a glorious retelling of the build up to a magical evening where all the emotions associated with supporting a football team were condensed into over two hours of unbelievable sporting drama but what I got was an book seemingly on a mission to make football aggressively tribal.
This book is fundamentally about how 'different' LFC fans are and how we've been so hard done by and how the 'truth' about the darkest episodes of our history has been missed or distorted. It's so depressing to hear young fans these days getting so ferociously angry about incidents which took place years before they were even born and using that to define them rather than the club itself, I sit next to a group of lads (they're not even scouse) who, every year, love making plane noises when United visit but are (rightly) disgusted when vile Hillsbrough songs come back and spend the game plotting revenge. That's not what football should be about and this book just made me feel as though we're conditioning the current and future generations of football fans to focus on the tribalism, on the bad things about the game and not the glory.
You do not have to be nasty and unpleasant to be an LFC fan, i think this book wants you to be just that. There are some excellent books that celebrate our great club but this is not one of them.
PS just for fun - John Barnes is the best LFC player I've seen
Evans also imparts valuable first hand accounts of the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies, and explains some way as to why these disasters occurred. Using these events as a backdrop to the political and social events of the 1980's, he throws illumination on the political turmoil of that time, explaining how the rise of football hooliganism was exaggerated and overstated by the right-wing press, hungry for sensation.
This book was recommended to me as a good read, rather than just another book about football, and can be read and enjoyed by the non-fan and ardent supporter, alike. A definite must read!
Evans charts the dramatic transformation of football, from poor relation of the 1980s to today's status as social darling, visiting the pivotal moments in between, including haunting accounts of the dark episodes of Heysel and Hillsborough. The highs and lows of the past 20 years are relayed, spliced with a series of Balkan adventures, against the backdrop of one of the most remarkable events in sporting history.
The description is vivid, the eye for detail commendable. Reading the book, you almost feel as if you were there, suffering what sound at times, like appalling travelling conditions. The content is intelligent, often funny, sometimes unsettling, but you're given a front row seat to the action past and present, by an author who's clearly been there, seen that, but who has no interest in the branded t-shirt.
scousers feel towards the rest of England or how much about Rome, Heysel and
Hillsborough never came out. The mix of humour, despair and deep pride is
very potent - the culture so captured is lucky to have such a skilled
troubadour. Could be a cult book.
their place. Reds all over the world will love it. FIVE TIMES. FIVE STAR.