Monday, October 13, 2008
The Diary of an Occasionally Exasperated but Ever Hopeful Reader
Through twenty-eight monthly accounts of books bought and books read, Nick Hornby explores the how and when and why and what of reading.
A testament to the joy and surprise and despair that books bring, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree covers debuts, blockbusters, poems and comics, self-help ('how to stop smoking and stay stopped for good'), sports biographies and literary letters, classics and science (read through panicked tears). Hornby is the perfect guide to this cornucopia of books, engaging the reader with wonderful conversation pieces, hilarious one-liners, lists, ideas, admissions and autobiography. He introduces the magnificent concept of a Cultural Fantasy Boxing League. And includes bonus material - excerpts from works by Chekhov, Charles Dickens, Patrick Hamilton, and many more.
Smart, funny, unruly and utterly readable, Hornby's columns reveal why we read, even when there's a pram in the hall, Arsenal to support, jobs, DVD players, and a good band playing in the local pub.