The Polysyllabic Spree

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Believer Books, 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  - Eliza - Goodreads

12/6/2012: In these monthly essays that Hornby wrote for The Believer in 2003-4, he sets up a wonderful structure. He begins each essay with two lists: Books bought that month, and books read that ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Chloe Walker - Goodreads

This was one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I've ever had. Nick Hornby writes so accessibly, and brings up so many sentiments about reading that are true but not often said, in such a funny ... Read full review

Contents

September 2003
13
November 2003
29
An excerpt from George and Sam
45
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Nick Hornby is the best-selling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to Be Good, Fever Pitch, and Songbook. He lives in London.

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