The Polysyllabic Spree

Hornby, Nick

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Polysyllabic Spree
Baker & Taylor
Shares selections from the author's column in "The Believer" that comment on literature he has found interesting, and features passages from the material discussed.

Perseus Publishing
"Books are, let's face it, better than everything else," writes Nick Hornby in his "Stuff I've Been Reading" column in The Believer. "If we played cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go 15 rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time. Go on, try it. The Magic Flute v. Middlemarch? Middlemarch in six. The Last Supper v. Crime and Punishment? Fyodor on point And every now and again you'd get a shock, because that happens in sport, so Back to the Future III might land a lucky punch on Rabbit, Run; but I'm still backing literature 29 times out of 30." This book collects Hornby's popular columns in a single, artfully illustrated volume with selected passages from the novels, biographies, collections of poetry, and comics under discussion.

In his monthly column "Stuff I've Been Reading," Hornby lists the books he's purchased that month, and briefly discusses the books he's actually read.

NIck Hornby's Polysyllabic Spree Includes selected passages from the novels, biographies, collections of poetry, and comics discussed in the column.

& Taylor

The author of High Fidelity and About a Boy shares samples from his "Stuff I've Been Reading" columns in The Believer, focusing on various books he has found interesting, in a volume that includes selected passages from the novels, poetry, biographies, and comics discussed.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Believer Books, c2004
ISBN: 1932416242
Branch Call Number: 810.9 H
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 20, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nick Hornby writes about books and reading so well - this collection of columns and another I read, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, are completely charming. I've got Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt on hold now too, and another of his either on hold or on my "Later" list (I'm a greedy reader and watcher of DVDs - 50 holds is just not enough!). Love this guy's easy, conversational tone. Have yet to try one of his novels but they are also going on my "For Later" list....

Apr 24, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

His usual writing style, this time a series of columns on books, demonstrates that he is a writer who loves reading. He makes even the books he didn't care for himself, sound interesting. And - inner groan - now I'm going to add even more books to my reserve list!

Oct 30, 2010
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

book lovers share very similar feelings and behaviours when it comes to our passion.


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