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Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success

Vertigo One Football Fan s Fear of Success If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs en you re probably not a football fan years of underachievement an heroic sense of injustice and a seemingly infinite capacity for sel

  • Title: Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success
  • Author: John Crace
  • ISBN: 9781849016537
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs en you re probably not a football fan, years of underachievement, an heroic sense of injustice, and a seemingly infinite capacity for self destruction John Crace and Spurs were made for each other But then the team started to play like possible champions For most fans, these are the glory moments they dIf you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs en you re probably not a football fan, years of underachievement, an heroic sense of injustice, and a seemingly infinite capacity for self destruction John Crace and Spurs were made for each other But then the team started to play like possible champions For most fans, these are the glory moments they dream about For Crace they just opened a new dimension of anxiety the fear of success Crace has supported Spurs for 40 years His wife thinks he suffers from a psychiatric disorder, but fandom is not only one of the ways he negotiates his relationships, it also helps him make some sense of his life Vertigo is the story of why fandom that starts out in boyish hope always ends in dark comedy.

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    1 thought on “Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success

    1. Generally this book is about one Spurs fan and how as a pessimist he couldn't handle the season of 2010/11 because he never expected them to a) get into the Champions League and b) to get so far. He's obsessed with them and collects every little bit of football memorabilia concerning the team that he can get his hands on. However, he thrives more on the comfort of knowing that they're going to fail so the whole Champions League thing comes as quite a shock to the system for him. As I said, it's [...]

    2. Honest account of one Tottenham's fan of the 2010/2011 season. Crace juggles his family obligations ("have you asked Jill yet?" on going to away games), cash flow (jobs, his hobby of collecting ticket stubs and programs, buying them at [online] auctions), his mental state (depressions, seeing his psychatrist) and Tottenham Hotspur's erratic form. I do prefer Yacht Rock (or Marina rock; which is the favorite genre of Crace's friends) to Leonard Cohen (Crace's favorite music).

    3. Much like so many Spurs games, this was strangely unsatisfying, and I found myself wishing to leave 10 minutes before the end.Crace's story is not an unusual one; he, a middle aged man clinging to a child-like obsession with football. No trip to foreign shores is too far, no paraphernalia or merchandise too insignificant.The book, like so many players who have pulled on the famous white shirt, is inconsistent; uneven, and without focus, drive or purpose. Crace dots between an insight-less commen [...]

    4. I finished this in 5 days which gives the impression it was a brilliant book. But it wasn't. It was entertaining enough. However John Crace whilst undoubtedly being a passionate Spurs fan myself comes across as initially eccentric then damn annoying. As a result he does tend to ramble on a bit and lack any real footballing knowledge. I was initially excited to read the book as I remember the period when we looked very good under Redknapp. But it is more about him than the team so you become less [...]

    5. John Cracen "Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success" (Constable, 2011) on tutkimusmatka Tottenham-kannattajan sielunelämään. Crace peilaa kirjassaan omaa suhdettaan Spursiin, joukkueeseen jonka kannattaminen on yhtä nautinnollista kuin tuskallistakin. Tapahtumat sijoittuvat kaudelle 2010-2011, jolloin Tottenham pääsi ensimmäistä kertaa mukaan Mestareiden liigaan. Crace ei kirjoita vain jalkapallosta, vaan tulee samalla käsitelleeksi myös masennusjaksoja, suhdetta perheeseensä ja [...]

    6. Let's call it 3.25 stars out of the 5 (i'm happy to give it a round-up bump for purely sentimental reasons). Though not at all the best or most skilled worker of language and syntax, Crace does put the reader through a funny, honest, quirky, and ultimately quick season in the life of a die-hard, long-haul sports fan who's unable to digest and/or cope with his perennial also-ran team appearing to finally rise above their station and reach for the glory that so cruelly continues to elude them. A p [...]

    7. Well written and funny insight into a fan's year of supporting Spurs: just how far will a season ticket holder go? 2010/11 included their dalliance with the Champions League, Bale's second half hat-trick at Inter Milan, Gomez in goal, Hud the Thud and Harry Redknapp. A good read no matter what team you support.

    8. This book made me laugh out loud at times. I have found myself in the same situations, experiencing the same range of emotions in a 90 minute period whilst engaging in the same conversations with friend. I think this is a great read for any football fan. Let's face it, our clubs put us through the mill, week in and week. That said, we love them!

    9. Not a Spurs fan, but a great read nonetheless For anyone who has a special, and most likely onesided relationship with a football club, this book is for you.

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