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Fall River Dreams: A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for Its Soul (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Bill Reynolds
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In this deeply felt, unforgettable book, Bill Reynolds journeys with a high school basketball team through the past and present of an American town. Fall River, Massachusetts, is a once-prosperous industrial center haunted by its history, the Durfee High School basketball team begins its annual drive for a state championship: a quest that inspires and sometimes consumes kids, coaches, families, teachers, and all of Fall River.

Fall River Dreams is the story of one season's quest-a classic book about sports, youth, time, hope, and memory in American today.

In this lyrical, deeply-felt, unforgettable book, the author of Lost Summer, Big Hoops, and, with Rick Pitino, Born to Coach spends a season with the kids, coaches, families, teachers, and fans of the Durfee High School basketball team in Fall River, Massasschusetts--a journey through the past and present of an American town in pursuit of its lost youth and spirit.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5612 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 318 pages
  • Editeur : Vigliano Books (18 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00G5NKZE2
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lire urgemment! 22 mai 2003
Format:Broché
J'ai lu Fall River Dreams dans le cadre d'une recherche pour ma classe d'Anglais sur le système sportif au lycée aux Etats-Unis. Je m'attendais à trouver beaucoup d'informations spécifiques sur ce sujet, mais j'ai été surprise d'apprendre des choses d'un tout autre ordre.
L'enquète de Bill Reynolds au sein d'une équipe de basketball d'un lycée Américain est riche en sentiments. En effet, j'ai trouvé la description de la relation entre le meneur d'équipe et son coach magnifiquement décrite. Ce livre en apprend beaucoup sur l'importance du respect et de l'admiration mutuelle pour pouvoir continuer à avancer malgré les tensions.
En tant que nouvelle résidente des Etats-Unis, j'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre également parce qu'il dresse un portrait de la culture Américaine. Il ne dresse pas l'image que beaucoup d'étrangers ont des Etats-Unis (excessivement patriotique, riche et fière). Il dresse une image vraie et interessante d'une communauté qui continue de vivre grace à une équipe de basketball.
Je recommende ce livre à n'importe qui. Il vous apprendra sur la culture Américaine, que vous l'admiriez ou la rejetiez, et, si vous n'etes pas interessé par cette culture, vous aimerez ce livre pour ses sentiments et ses personnages attachants.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Basketball Sociology 8 novembre 2002
Par Z. Blume - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a terrific book. It is well written, has good characters, and explores some interesting cultural topics (high school sports, failing mill towns, youths in America, etc.). Fall River is one of the poorest towns in Massachusetts, but its one saving grace in the early 1990's was its successful basketball team. Life in the town revolved around the team, which provided some hope to some but certainly had negative consequences for many of the athletes and possibly the future of the city. It is a very similar tale to Friday Night Lights, which is probably the best sports book I have read, but is different enough that it is well worth reading. It is also fascinating to read about Chris Herren, who happens to be a classic example of a troubled athlete, before he he made headlines in college and joined the NBA. I really appreciated the focus on the town and the people rather than the actual games, which often dominates books of this genre and just distract from the compelling parts of the book. My only complaints about the book are that it wasn't particularly well edited (I caught several spelling errors that are particularly obnoxious in a mass punlished book, though really don't spoil the story in the slightest) and that it is not quite as detailed as it could have been considering the level of access Reynolds had to the kids and coaches. I would highly recommend this story to anyone and particularly sports fans or people who liked Friday Night Lights.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ONE OF THE GREATEST SPORTS BOOKS I'VE EVER READ! 6 octobre 1999
Par Ron Correia (thecorreias@mediaone.net) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Fall River Dreams was one of those books you wished would never end! I became immersed in this book, as these characters become a part of you.The star player, living in his brothers'shadow, and the pressure of living up to his legacy of bringing home a state championship. The coach,a legend himself in his hometown, trying to go out with one more championship,and dealing with this 'new breed'of kids. The players, the benchwarmers, and those who seek their own moment of glory. And lastly, the town,that has once seen better days,as it struggles with it's existence all while pinning it's hopes on a High School basketball team, to make it feel that the town still has it's pride, along with their passion for the game! I compare this book to the excellent "Hoop Dreams",as that you both feel for their characters, and find yourself rooting for them. Much has happened to the main character, Chris Herren, from the time Fall River Dreams ends, to the start of his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets. I won't reveal them here. The are documented in excellent articles in author Bill Reynolds column in The Providence Journal. I'm hoping that Mr.Reynolds continues telling us more, with a sequel of the team and the town that captured my heart,soul and passion of hometown sports! This book won't disapoint you!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Desire For The Game 2 décembre 1999
Par MBike1485@aol.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
When I read this book for the first time (I've read it many times, since it is so inspiring), I ended it in the middle of the night, and I still was so pumped up from the emotions of this story, that I wanted to go out and play right now. You may be wondering why I was up all night reading it. I simply couldn't put it down. Living within 20 minutes of Fall River, I have heard of Chris Herren many times. The passion and emotions that come alive in basketball put you in a trance, and this book epitomizes all those emotions and smoothly sweeps them together. I definitely recommend this for anyone who needs the motivation to get up and play. I guarantee it'll be hard not to after reading this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Smaller Version of "Season on the Brink" 25 septembre 2002
Par buddyhead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This a very capable high school version of John Feinstein's "Season on the Brink," except in Fall River Dreams you dislike the players more intensely than the coach. Readers bear witness to longtime Durfee High School coach Skip Karam losing more and more control over his players as each generation of kids has less integrity, work ethic, and respect for elders than the one before it. High school star Chris Herren was a prima donna whose laziness and insouciance not only prevented him from reaching his fullest potential, but undermined the efforts of the entire coaching staff and supporters, and generally created an atmosphere of discomfort and tension. It's a weird lesson indeed when brash, obnoxious older brother Mike Herren (the team star and league villain from years past) gave pep talks in the locker room when the squad lost.
The book's strength is in its description of the blue collar town of Fall River, both physically and of its history. The decline of the manufacturing industry and towns' many mills cast a palpable gloom over the region. Even though readers from Massachusetts will undoubtedly get greater pleasure from the regional nature of this tale, there are Fall Rivers all over this country- wherever once booming manufacturing hotbeds succumbed to an economic and cultural shift, leaving confused and embittered workers in their wake. Readers will no doubt find parallels wherever they're from. High school basketball was this town's saving grace, and one of its few sources of pride, and Reynolds' writing style illustrated why sports truly matter in places like Fall River.
Comeuppance prevails, and there is a payoff for readers routing against Herren's team, particularly after reading comparisons between the Herren brothers and the diligent, strong-but-silent-type Curley brothers from Duxbury. Fall River Dream's ending kind of fizzles, and earns a mere fraction of space and detail than the rest of the book got; however, it was kind of fitting in view of the dud that Herren proved to ultimately be. Indeed, his star shone most brightly in high school, and slowly burned to a cinder afterwards.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great characters, great book 12 juillet 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This was one of the best sports books I've read in a while. I really enjoyed Friday Night Lights, and think that this book is it's equal. Thought I am slightly biased, growing up in the Fall River area, and personally watching several Durfee games. But no one can deny the honest and genuine nature of the emotionally charged characters in this story. The relationship between Skippy Karam and Chris Herren is one of a kind. Skip being the living legend trying to go out on top one last time, and Chris trying to live up to all the expectations put on him by the media, colleges, and his family, even though he cleary isn't ready to grow up. The interaction between these two is usually confrontational, but often hilarious as Chris continues to push Skippy to his limit.
Another great character that seems to almost get lost in the mix is Jeff Caron. Jeff is the second best player on the team, but would be a stand out at any other high school in the area. He seems a little jealous at times, but always remains a team player. He is a sort of an outsider among his teammates and the book does a fine job of telling his story.
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