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Red or Dead: A Novel Hardcover – May 27, 2014
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—Kazuo ishiguro, New York Times Book Review
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
“As both postmodern epic and ultimate sports novel, Red or Dead is a winner.”
“Red or Dead is hypnotic, the words casting a spell that verges on the shamanistic….[it] creates the most remarkable, operatic sweeps of emotion in the reader... This is the stuff of great literature.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Sprawling, ambitious and heartbreaking, it's one of the best sports novels in recent years."
—NPR, Best Books of 2014
10 Best Books of 2014
—Janet Potter, NPR's On Point
One of Liberty Hardy's (RiverRun Bookstore) Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014 on Book Riot
“It’s about so much more than soccer. It’s about politics, obsession, community—plus, what could be more British than football?”
—Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Books to Inspire Your Next Trip to the United Kingdom
“Red or Dead might be seen as an elegy for that period when the game was played by and for the working classes and perhaps even seemed an authentic expression of their collectivist sensibility... In writing an elegy for Bill Shankly’s world, then, Peace suggests that what has been lost goes far beyond sports. Or to put it another way, he shows us ourselves in soccer."
“David Peace’s writing reverberates in your head, pulling you along headfirst into the story... Red or Dead is a feat of writing. The manner in which Peace shares this history with us is just as important as the story itself. It’s not often that writing can transport you through style. Peace more than just succeeds in this. He excels."
—Preeti Chhibber, Book Riot's Books of the Year
“Truly brave and utterly heroic . . . I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like Red or Dead before. Not ever.”
—The Goldsmiths Prize shortlist citation
“I want to go out and knock on doors like a Jehovah’s Witness and read this book to people.”
“A magnificent literary achievement . . . Profoundly powerful.”
“An epic that has more in common with Beowulf or The Iliad than with the conventional sports novel.”
—The Times of London
“The writing is honed, sculpted, poetic . . . It doesn’t matter if you don’t follow the game, this is also a profound investigation of the tension between aspiration and the constraints of time, the very essence of the human condition.”
“A book about the choices by which we live and die, the moments that make us feel alive, and those that choke our souls. It is a masterpiece. Make no mistake of that. A masterpiece.”
“An extraordinary piece of writing.”
“A story of triumph . . . one that might be quoted for decades.”
Top Customer Reviews
There are so many great memories here of football as it was and the great players of the 70's...who does not remember Gary Sprake (the monumental Don Revie Leeds team!)...and his unfortunate tendency to drop the ball!!
"On the right of his own goal, Sprake shaped to throw the ball to Cooper. Then Sprake seemed to have his doubts. Now Sprake seemed to change his mind. Sprake brought the orange ball back towards his chest.Read more ›
Ok, I got the fact that the maddening repetition was voluntary and not a lack of skill... But what does it achieve really? Can't he get people to feel emotions through his writing, his sensitivity, looking for a touching angle?
So, what did it achieve? For me just anger and page spiking... But I tried to find out what it was all about. There is an interview of Peace explaining that it is to force people going through the entire motions making sure they didn't just fly over facts or emotions... Well,as I already explained it did exactly the contrary on me and I never shrink over difficult books... I shrink over torture though... Since when repeating "At home, at Endfield" every time Endfield is mentioned enhance anything? Since when repeating the attendance stats over and over makes it more real? All I remember is that crowd were between 20 odd thousand and 50 odd, depending of importance of games... No honestly... This book is essentially a bad theory applied with vigour.
I also hate the lazy side of the book as well, half of it is just a boring listing of games from a web site containing, date, goalscorers and attendance... While hardly anything is mentioned about Bill's youth, his playing career or is previous managerial jobs... We know nothing about his daughters or his wife... I know... It is supposed to be a novel... Well it is not!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Writing style becomes very tedious after a short while. Subject matter is interesting for those of us old enough to remember the great man but this book is not a great memorial.Published 11 months ago by tommy little
"Masterpiece " was how this is described numerous times. On what world I ask? The repetition in this book made me want to scream. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cosmically Concsious
What was his purpose in repeating everything, everything repeated, repeated everything? That is how this book went on and on and on.Published 14 months ago by Mary McNeill
Badly written. Unreadable and tedious. Drawn out unnecessarily and bores the reader to death. Would give it no stars if possible.Published 18 months ago by just passing through
I love LFC but this was one tedious read. It gets an extra star just for Shankly.Published 19 months ago by S. Christian
Terrible book. As a Liverpool fan, very disappointed. The style of writing adopted is turgid and tedious and the inane repetitive lists of matches, scorers each week / season is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pat Kelleher
Just a great novel. I'm actual an Arsenal fan, but this is a very interesting novel between fiction and biography of one of the greatest managers of all time.Published 22 months ago by Hans Langeland