Once again Austrians dissapoint me. The title of the book promised that it would be a football-story, something I would find it quite easy to enjoy. Yet it proved to be misleading. Bloch is a fellow who was a football goalie once but who is a monteur nowadays and who gets sacked from his work. So he just goes arround, doing nothing in particular, nobody really cares about him anymore. He tries to make contact to people he used to know but they don`t have interest for Bloch anymore. So he strangles a woman without any reason, goes to a town near the border where nobody needs him as well. The main morale of the novel is found at the end of the book when Bloch watches a game of football and the trick for a goalie to be successful is shown - you have to remain calm and make the striker shoot the ball into your hands when he`s taking a penalty shot. Peter Handke didn`t hit the goal with me, I would rather say that he shoots like Oleg Blagonadezhdin (a Latvian playe most notorious for hitting pigeons more often than hitting the goal).
I would like to compare this book to Jack Kerouac`s "On The Road". With the precision that it`s written in German and therefore contains several typical German elements. It`s also quite in the same writing style as "The Goalie`s fear before the penalty shot" (which I read some months ago) - Handke offers the reader a journey with the hero through America of the 1960`s. It`s the age of the hippies, of the Stones, of Canned Heat and of looking for love in the strangest places. I would probably still choose Kerouac over Handke`s approach. This is the kind of literature where when you write about sex or something like that, you don`t need eroticism, it`s just written in the way - "so it is and I don`t care".
Diez vai var iedomāties ideālākus apstākļus, lai lasītu kādu garlaicīgu austriešu grāmatu, nekā tādus, kad tu atrodies slimnīcā. Iespēju, ko tu vari darīt, nav daudz. Ir paņemts līdzi dators, bet tajā nav nevienas filmas. Ja arī būtu, tu tās tāpat nevarētu skatīties, jo palātā neesi viens. Nav Interneta - tātad filmas iegūt arī nevar (neatkarīgi no tā, ka tās nevar skatīties). Un vienīgā spēle ir "Sims 3". Tu gan pamēģini to palaist, bet jau pēc 10 minūtēm esi nogarlaikojies