Four weeks after the London Olympics, a bored, jaded and remarkably unsuccessful sports-comedy writer sat down to watch college football for the first time. Little did he know, in twelve months he would trek across the pond and live through a heavy chunk of the 2013 season. The destination? An American state that is five times the size of his homeland. During this heart-warming expedition into Aggieland's spirited maroon seas, he humorously embraces the infamous traditions, pageantry and stark cultural differences that encompass Texas A&M University and college football. Throw in 450 pints of beer, gun-wielding Houston gang members and a polarizing Heisman Trophy winner, and you're still barely scratching the surface of an oblivious Brit's truly unique story.
|Publisher:||Dog Ear Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
Following years of sitting in an office for forty hours a week, one day, everything changed. Mindlessly uninterested with his monotonous occupation, British writer Josh Perry fancied an alternative life path. Instead of his journey taking him to the job center as expected, he turned up on the other side of the Atlantic in a little town in the heart of Texas. Whilst marooned in Aggieland, Josh soon found himself falling in love with a sport that barely registers in the mainstream culture of his native land. Join him on his soul-searching journey as he explores a region and society that is comically alien to him.
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Marooned in Aggieland: A Bumbling Brit Discovers College Football, Guns N' Waffles based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I am a proud second generation Aggie and recently received this book as a Secret Santa gift at my workplace. I was unaware of the book’s existence, which as an avid reader of all things Texas A&M took me by surprise. Initially I was perplexed why a British writer had come to College Station. It shows the impact the SEC, Johnny Manziel and a Heisman Trophy can have…. even the ripples reach across the pond!! But what a story. I was engrossed from the first chapter and wanted to know MORE, MORE, MORE - then before you know it, a whole day of reading has passed and you find yourself saddened that the author’s journey had to come to an eventual (but heartfelt) end. There are many stupendous books written about Texas A&M and College Football that rightfully deserve their place on the top shelf, but Marooned in Aggieland has now joined that prestigious list. I believe it will go down as a “cult classic” that will be passed down to future generations of Aggies - and deservedly so. Bravo.
As a British resident and sports fan, I have always found the world of College Football to be an unexplainable enigma. There are zero entities that are comparable in the United Kingdom. Despite this, the author's captivating journey into an unknown land distinctly sheds a remarkable, fascinating and comical light on this unfamiliar territory and culture. With a balanced mixture of genuine laugh out loud anecdotes, personal reflection and insightful content, you will find yourself roaring with hysterics and soaking up valuable pub ammunition to discuss with your friends down the pub.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Josh Perry's book. I found it laugh out loud funny but also a poignant and reflective journey as a cultural stranger learns the traditions and unique history of Texas A&M. It's a great book about Josh discovering his identity in a funny, insightful way. I'm not an Aggie, nor am I much of a fan of college football, but as an outsider I found it extremely interesting to delve into those worlds through Josh's eyes. I think if you are an Aggie or a college football fan, this book will give a fresh perspective on your beloved team/sport, and it'll make you laugh in the process. Which, at the end of the day, is exactly what sports comedy writing is supposed to do.