The polysyllabic spree

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Believer Books, Nov 10, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 143 pages
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"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.

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Review: The Polysyllabic Spree (Stuff I've Been Reading #1)

User Review  - Jenny (Reading Envy) - Goodreads

Nick Hornby is one of my soulmates. It doesn't matter that he doesn't know me personally or know I exist. I reserve the right to fall in love with every reader and lover of books, just a little bit. I ... Read full review

Review: The Polysyllabic Spree (Stuff I've Been Reading #1)

User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

Nick Hornby begins his book with the month of Sept 2003, listing on the left the 10 books he acquired that month (a few Salingers, a couple of biographies, some poetry), and the 4 books he read that ... Read full review

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September 2003
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November 2003
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An excerpt from George and Sam
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Copyright

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Nick Hornby was born in Redhill, Surrey, England on April 17, 1957. He graduated from Cambridge University where he studied English. His books High Fidelity; Fever Pitch, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 1992; About a Boy and An Education were all made into movies. His other books include Slam; A Long Way Down; How to Be Good; Songbook; Shakespeare Wrote for Money; and The Polysyllabic Spree. He has received numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award in 1999 and the Orange Word International Writers' London Award in 2003. In addition to his books, his works have appeared in Esquire, Elle, GQ, Time, and Cosmopolitan.

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