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Return to Book Page. Preview — Friday Night Lights by H. Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bu.

Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets.

But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, Bissinger chronicles one of the Panthers' dramatic seasons and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires-and sometimes shatters-the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms. Includes Reader's Group Guide inside.

Now a major motion picture starring Billy Bob Thorton. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published September 28th by Da Capo Press first published More Details Original Title.

Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Friday Night Lights , please sign up. Ian I really liked this book. Its very intersesting and when i read it in 6th grade it wasnt too diffucult. He shouldnt have much problems!!! I'm not American and do not know the rules of football, will this be confusing to read or are the rules explained? Julia I am from the states and not a football fan.

I am just as confused about plays and such as I was when I played in the marching band at my Texas high s …more I am from the states and not a football fan. I am just as confused about plays and such as I was when I played in the marching band at my Texas high school and had to go to every game. Luckily, it does not dwell too much on the technicalities of the game, but on the social impact on a town and the kids involved, and how much is riding on the results.

So, rules are not explained See all 5 questions about Friday Night Lights…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. This book is heartbreaking. I grew up in a very liberal part of the country. My family is comprised mostly of hard-working European immigrants who value education above all else. In many ways, I should be the last person able to appreciate or understand life in small-town Texas with its conservative values and its unhealthy obsession with high school sports.

We won the st This book is heartbreaking. We won the state championship every single year of my six years there, which was in fact part of a twenty-six year streak of consecutive titles. Dozens upon dozens of students from my school have been drafted by the NHL. But nope, it is still foreign to me. Very foreign.

This book reminds me of about a handful of John Mellencamp songs that praise the glory days of youth and that try to recall a feeling of nostalgia for a simpler time and place. Mostly I feel sorry for anyone who actually identifies with any of that, as it just perpetuates the nonsense that one will spend the majority of his life with his best days behind him.

This book, though, is a complete embodiment of the Mellencamp philosophy. It is the story of the town itself, insular and deeply rooted in social conservatism, unabashedly ignorant of the larger national political scene, and seriously, seriously racist. Oh my God, how racist. But above it all, town pride for its high school football team shines through—pride that is fundamental to its nature, to its identity. No connection in all of sports was more intimate than this one, the one between town and high school.

On the surface, the intensity with which the townspeople of Odessa embrace their high school football team is rather endearing. It gives the kids something to do on a Friday night; it gives them something to work for and to be proud of. But as the author delves further, the intensity starts to seem a little grotesque. These people depend on high school football to survive. More than just an escape from the financial ruin that has set in since the Texas oil bust, high school football is the only thing that matters.

They live vicariously through these teenagers, these children , as if they are somehow their only connection to anything good or right in the world. They are hit in the head with this concept over and over again as very little concern is shown for their academic progress. To their peers, their teachers, their counselors, their parents, town officials, and to basically everyone else in their sheltered world, high school football is the most important thing they will ever have.

And yet as sad as this is, I found myself getting caught up in it: the excitement, the rush, the adrenaline of the game. I think this book is worth reading. Marshall Mavericks — WIN vs. Dallas Jesuit — WIN vs. Cooper Cougars — WIN vs. View all 41 comments. I was on an airplane one Friday night when I was reading this book. As the plane took off from Cleveland I noticed a high school football game in progress. I could see the lights.. I watched the field as long as I could.

Just at the point when I couldn't see the stadium anymore my eye caught the lights of another football field. I played connect the dots from one stadium to the next for over an hour. View 1 comment. Shelves: read , sportsing. I played along, and ended up reading an Amish romance and this sports book.

One reading friend talked about this book on an episode of the Reading Envy podcast and made it sound pretty compelling, sports or no sports. Enough that they made a movie and a television show based on the book neither of which I've seen. It isn't just about football, but about social order, small town culture, racism, new money, the education system, conservatism, etc.

I freely admit that I read the non-sportsing parts more closely than any play by play scenes of which there were few, thankfully. We know that we're separate, until we get on the field. We know that we're equal as athletes. But once we get off the field we're not equal. When it comes time to play the game, we are a part of it. But after the game, we are not a part of it.

Well maybe. If they are actually about something else. View all 19 comments. Mar 03, Charles rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction. If you think this book is about high school football in Texas, you're pretty much wrong.


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The book follows the story of the Permian High School Panthers football team from Odessa, Texas , as they made a run towards the Texas state championship. While originally intended to be a Hoosiers -type chronicle of high school sports holding together a small town, the book ended up being critical of life in the town of Odessa. It was later adapted for television and film. It was while he was at Harvard that the idea to write a book focused upon the role high school football plays within American society, in particular rural society, took hold. Bissinger returned to The Inquirer briefly, received a Pulitzer Prize , and then took off in search of a community for which high school football was paramount.


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