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5.0 out of 5 stars a Great Story, October 28, 2000
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This review is from: The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy (Paperback)
This book affected me more than any other book I have ever read has.
To start with, I consider myself a true soccer fan as I have been to games in Europe and support a team die-heartedly. I am very judgemental on soccer books (the biography on Ronaldo was below my standards and so was "Fever Pitch"). I picked up this book after having had it recommended by Amazon.com (I had just finished "Hand of God" and was looking for another book on soccer).
I wasn't able to put the book down. From Joe's first story of riding an Italian train to the final scene, I was captivated at this different "love of soccer" that the Italians seem to possess. I finished the book at about 1:30am because I could not put it down. When I finished, I just laid wide-awake in bed, not believing what had just happened. I wasn't able to get back to sleep for some time later.
More than anything, this book tells what it is like to love a team so much (something a true soccer fan knows), while being involved in a totally different culture (and to try to accept the culture for what it is) and develop relationships with people from the culture, even though you have different attitudes and beliefs. Two totally different ways of life emerge due to a "minor league" (Calcio Italiano - Serie B) soccer team.
Well worth the read!
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