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Soccer Madness: Brazil's Passion for the World's Most Popular Sport Paperback – March 1, 1995
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"Janet Lever has given us a first-rate book." -- Charles H. Page, Contemporary Sociology
"Lever has given the reader a small book as well written as it is thoughtful; the role of sport in human society is deserving of more study, and this account is a happy example painted in the bright colors and sharp contrasts of Brazilian life." -- Philip Morrison, Scientific American
"Soccer Madness . . . is a fascinating study of people, culture, and politics-- with its ultimate insight being about us, tenants of the Sports Age. Soccer is coming . . . and fans, sports writers, and those who would be in the know about modern times ignore this book at their risk." --Rick Telander, Sports Illustrated
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It is written in a rather dry style that left me wanting. I found it lacked characters and a human interest aspect, which could have made it more compelling.
Having said that, for a thesis its research was thorough, though obviously is now dated.
But for me, it just failed to find the heart that beats in Brazilian soccer.
Anyway, as a book about sociology of football, it is not bad. At least, there was quite a large amount of research and it showed. It just feels a bit awkward, because, despite the many years the author spent in Brazil, she wasn't born in a country which likes football. So, sometimes what she wrote sounds a bit funny.