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A SEASON WITH VERONA: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Character, and... Goals!

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Description Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities?

Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities. Newspapers and TV were far from telling the truth about what was going on. The hard core toughs were threatening but hilarious, the referees unforgivable, the institutions a mask of hypocrisy.

A Season with Verona - Tim Parks

Overnight in ancient buses and railway carriages, or sitting beside the players in chartered planes and smart hotel lobbies, I began to get a whole new take on Italian character, and above all on what it means to invest so much emotion in something that we all know, in the end, is meaningless. In a globalized world where borders and discriminations are no longer possible, where religion and political idealism seem more dangerous than comforting, football, I at last began to understand, offers a new and fiercely ironic way of forming community and engaging with the sacred.

Take to the road with the boys and you too can be a part time fundamentalist, a weekend Taliban. Last comment: when I started this book I was absolutely determined that it transcend both sport and chronicle. Give it a few pages before you decide.

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