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The Polysyllabic Spree

by Nick Hornby

I am writing about a book (a collection of essays) that wrote about a bunch of different books over a span of 14 months for the Believer.

For 13 out of the 14 months I thought that Believer magazine was a magazine in the UK. But it turns out that it’s from San Francisco? No wonder Hornby kept referring to the British people as a entire separate entity of species. I just thought that they took thought the same way that we thought about them? But wait, I’m Canadian so to Americans I am a moose and or beaver hybrid.

He reviewed a whole bunch of books, rather than formal reviews, he mostly talks about how he got to reading it, why he’s reading it, what he thought about it and whether he recommends it or not.

I didn’t take up on any of his suggestions except the Richard Yates biography that’s now sitting on a pile of magazines.

I have only read one other Hornby book and it was Juliet, Undressed which WASNT made into a movie. I have seen big screen renditions of Fever Pitch, and High Fidelity, anything else? Oh yeah, About a Boy.

I felt like he was extremely British in the writings of Juliet Undressed (which for the longest time, I called it Juliet, Naked, to everyone when I referred to the book, which technically is the same thing). But through the collection of essays where he talks about fundamentally British things like cricket and FUNDAMENTALLY British authors like Dickens, I’ve never felt him more American!

How strange..

anyways, it’s a fun little read for lunch hours at work…maybe

Next up, I’ll be either read The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris, a lot of references to The Hemingway Bar (apparently rated the BEST bar in the world) or The Heart Broke in which is a fairly new novel, so new that you see it on the round tables when you step into bookstores..I got my copy from the library. I think I’m the first patron ever to read it. horray!

Posted: October 27th, 2012
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