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You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this book!
on May 20, 2015
I had never seen either the movie or the television show, and frankly don't remember how I stumbled across this book. I wanted something different and thought provoking to read during my vacation, and this book did not disappoint. I couldn't put it down.
I was never a jock in high school, nor was I particularly interested in sports until well into my adult years when I developed an appreciation for football. I now enjoy following both my Big Ten college team as well as a select few professional football teams.
Rather than being a glorification of high school football jocks and their rabid fan following,this book is clearly a zeitgeist of Texas High School football, not only in the 1980's but, more than likely, currently as well.
Told with clear, honest rhetoric, this work of non-fiction accurately represents the history of the Permian High School Football team from Odessa TX during their 1988 season. As the reader, I felt both the euphoria of their wins as well as the anxiousness of the coaches and players in striving to take their talented team all the way to a state championship.
What was particularly interesting in the book was the history of high school football in this town/region/state that Bissinger so clearly describes, with no judgement or criticism on his part.
Not a good book choice for those looking for the "Hollywood" version of the story, it is an excellent read that, taken in its originally published context, would have been better suited for a documentary.
Even those who are not football fans would enjoy this book