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  • The Complete Polysyllabic spree
  • Nick Hornby
  • English
  • 03 August 2019
  • 9780670916665

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In his monthly accounts of what he's read; along with what he may one day read – Nick Hornby brilliantly explores everything from the classic to the graphic novel as well as poems play. Books about books what’s not to love Funny and enjoyable but skimmed some parts

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S sports books and other kinds of non fiction If he occasionally implores a biographer for brevity or abandons a literary work in favour of an Arsenal match then all is not lost His writ. This book was a joyI have to congratulate myself for reading it I laughed a lot unexpectedly I might think now I uite like the humorous art in which Nick Hornby writes non fiction at least On a side note I have to add that I only read one of his novels which was mostly a struggle but then again I was uite at the beginning of my journey of reading books in English so this is the only explanation I can think of now finished in January 2016I added only one book for my unfathomable long reading list yay again kudos to me Julie Orringer How to Breathe Underwater StoriesI also learned a lot of interesting stuff trivia about Richard Yates and Seinfeld for instance or what the difference is between paperback and hardcover except the obvious one LE Or what it means when a book is out of print Could be a book to come back later to I am considering reading another non fiction book I own by Nick Hornby And the rest of his novels Thank goodness I am so youngAt times I like to read with a voice in my head I also like to observe the differences between British and American English Since I was am on my Scottish McCall Smith trip a lot this year I think I think British now but again no problem if this is all in my head Anyways voices the one I heard at times was Monty Don my gardener friend Also for those of you following my ”currently reading” journey anxiously rest assured that I broke the spell and yeah for the first time in ages I could mark the current book as read PS I do not know a synonym for journey who would work in this review Bear with meProbably 45

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Ing full of all the joy and surprise and despair that books bring him reveals why we still read even when there's football on TV a pram in the hall or a good band playing at our local pu. While Nick Hornby is best known for his fiction that includes books like High Fidelity and About a Boy some maybe familiar with his column in The Believer called Stuff I’ve Been Reading The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is the combination of two US titles from his column The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs the Dirt The title is a reference to the Dallas choral rock band The Polyphonic Spree a group with over twenty members in it Hornby often describes the works of The Believer in this way; “all dressed in white robes and smiling maniacally sort of like a literary euivalent of The Polyphonic Spree”In fact The Believer is a literary magazine created by Dave Eggers and part of the McSweeney’s company; it also focuses on other forms of the arts and general culture It started in 2003 and releases nine issues a year; this book takes Hornsby’s column from September 2003 to mid 2006 Each article follows the same basic format first listing books he bought that month and then the books he read However due to The Believers guidelines all books he hated must be listed as untitled This is followed by an essay talking about these books and future reading plans often between 500 to 2000 wordsWhat I thought was interesting is the fact that Nick Hornby took a very simple formula and worked within the confines of it successfully As stated in a previous What I Think about When I’m Not Blogging post this has inspired me to write personal essays However I have to say I was a little disappointed by this book simply because he kept to the same formula and never grew or evolved as a reader or writer I like the idea but I would have liked to see some growth or experimentation; I also think if you don’t mention the books you don’t like can’t really give a true representation of your reading life but I do understand their policyI have to also mention that Nick Hornby has a strong aversion to literary fiction and will actively poke at it The idea that people only read literary fiction to become literary snobs felt a little off colour; I embrace my pretentious nature but I read literary fiction because I love the proses His reading tastes are very narrow and focus mainly on popular fiction; this type of article would be far interesting if the writer was interested in exploring all types of literature I am fascinated by books about books and learning about someone’s reading journey but this was like watching someone run in the same spot There was no risk taking and no changes from article to article; to make matters worse I did not add a single book to my TBR as a result of reading thisThis review originally appeared on my blog


About the Author: Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down Slam How to Be Good High Fidelity and About a Boy and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award Shakespeare Wrote for Money and The Polysyllabic Spree as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Acade