- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Jan. 9 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060740248
- ISBN-13: 978-0060740245
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,578,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry Paperback – Jan 9 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Sara NelsonFor a reviewer who's not all that clear on the difference between basketball and basket weaving, this book is a revelation. Former Esquire editor Blythe's debut is an examination of the rivalry between the University of North Carolina and Duke University college teams; in it, he interviews and profiles players and coaches, and even gives play-by-plays of key games. And yet, it is not "just" a sports book. At heart it's a memoir. Like Pat Conroy's My Losing Season and even Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes, to which the author Anthony Wofford compares it, To Hate Like This is about family and passion and people and parents and aging and, oh, yeah, some sports, too.Blythe is a native North Carolinan whose UNC passion was bred in the bone; he and his siblings were raised to be genteel and polite about all things, except while watching basketball games, particularly against arch-rival Duke. After living in New York for many years, Blythe returns home as his father is dying and reflects on the passion that has shaped him and, he suggests, his region. Forget the Mason Dixon line, the real division in this border war is between Carolinians who support the Blue Devils and those who live for the Tarheels.Sports fans can expect to enjoy the accounts of particular pivotal games recounted here, but the real revelations for the relatively uninitiated are Blythe's portraits of his characters: the tough-guy coaches like Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith, one of whom nearly breaks down confessing that he's still in love with his ex-wife; the nurse tending Blythe's dying father; and, most of all, the father himself, the kind of personality you expect to meet in great southern novels from Harper Lee to Pat Conroy. To call To Hate Like This a sports book is to be only about one-third right. An elegy to place and time and generation, it is also a story of fathers and sons and an elegant testament to the way pastimes are far more than ways to pass the time. (Mar. 1)Sara Nelson is the editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly.
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You don’t have to be a Tar Heel or Blue Devil to like [THLT], because it’s funny, perceptive, and smart. (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post)
An exceptionally entertaining parable in defense of good, healthy, all-American loathing.... an animosity the whole family can share. (New York Post)
The best book about politics I´ve read since All the King´s Men ... it’s about basketball [like] Moby Dick is about whaling. (Hartford Courant)
“A revelation.... an elegant testament to the way pastimes are far more than ways to pass the time.” (Publishers Weekly (signature review))
“The kind of sportswriting that comes along so rarely you can count the classics on one hand . . . read this book.” (Play (New York Times Magazine sports supplement))
“Blythe seduces with his story of Southern identity...passed down from fathers to their roaming sons...raucous, tender, and fierce.” (Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of "Random Family")
“The best book on basketball I have ever read ... destined to become a classic of sports literature.” (Pat Conroy)
“Not since Exley’s A Fan’s Notes has anyone produced such a graceful and elegiac evocation of place, family, and sport”. (Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead)
Goes far beyond the facile John Feinstein “inside a season” formula ... [Blythe] writes amusingly, self-deprecatingly and often beautifully. (New York Times Book Review)
Blythe writes like a wizard ... Even if college basketball isn’t your obsession, you’ll get caught up in this. (Elle)
Hilarious and remarkably wise ... you don’t want to say too much about [this book], for fear of spoiling the surprises. (Sports Illustrated)
Blythe makes you want to scream from the sidelines... while his hate is contagious, the obvious affection behind it remains. (New York Post)
Blythe brings great wit, style, and insight... a long-awaited American answer to Fever Pitch. (Baltimore Sun)
The best book about loving a team since “A Fan’s Notes” ... [a book] about a lot more than basketball. (Greensboro News & Record)
Top Customer Reviews
If you aren't a college basketbal fan, you will be lost as Blythe assumes some basic knowledge of the characters. Basically, if you don't know anything about the players before reading this book, they will remain empty to you. If you are an astute college basketball fan, you will thoroughly enjoy the pyscho-analysis of the players and coaches.
Rightly so, Blythe chooses to focus most of his profiles on the seniors and upperclassman. If you think about it, not much will be remembered of Marvin Williams at UNC, having been there for just one year. Instead Melvin Scott gets a lot of love here.
I recommend this read if you are a diehard college basketball fan. Much like Rammer Jammer, To Hate Like This... takes you deep into the psyche of the darker side of sports fans. The maniacal side, the obsessive side.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
Will Blythe has described what I thought was a very personal magic that developed between my father and me as we shared the beauty of UNC basketball--the unselfish plays, brilliant come-from-behind wins, and the genius of Dean Smith. He and I knew the tricks: if UNC was in a slump, he would light his pipe and sit in the leather chair, I would put my jinx on the opposing team's free-throw shooters. As my father was dying, I flew across the country to catch the last Carolina NCAA playoff game that we'd ever watch together.
This book is funny, hauntingly touching, and well written.
This is a must read for anyone seeking to understand the trible mindset that is sports fanaticism. Those willing to laugh at themselves will enjoy it the most.
Even though he isn't, to the best of my knowledge, a sportswriter (strictly speaking) Will Blythe has written an absolutely brilliant book about one of the most storied and heated rivalries in college basketball: UNC vs. Duke.
He has all the qualifications one needs to opine authoritatively: he was born and raised in North Carolina, he went to school at UNC, and like most of us who did (I fit that profile myself), he's a rabid Carolina basketball fan.
And while this book will be of obvious and direct interest to anyone who has spent some time on Tobacco Road--it is as authentically North Carolinian as a plate of barbecue and a glass of sweet iced tea--*any* college basketball fan, or any sports fan, really, or even anyone who appreciates the fine art of the wry personal memoir, would find "To Hate Like This..." engaging and delightful reading.
The Carolina-Duke is fierce for all of us on the outside, but you got an idea of what it is like in the area.
One of the more interesting parts was how much the players get along between the two teams.