The Complete Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby (read in February 2010)
I’ve waited at least three years for this book and when I came across it at the Book Lounge I pounced on it, and bought it immediately. Whenever I visit the Book Lounge I find an extraordinary book that is just marvellous. It’s because they stock literary books that the chain-stores don’t keep.
I enjoy books about books and this one did not disappoint: in fact I devoured it in two-and-a-half days, leapt on line to Takealot.com and ordered the second volume of Hornby’s book reviews without turning a hair – can’t wait to read it. I made happy lists of NH’s Books Read in my own notebook ,so I can trawl the Libraries for his reads. I’m thrilled that he shares my enthusiasm for Gilead and I want to read Marilyn Robinson’s second novel. Hornby admits he buys books, piles them round the house and doesn’t always read them. Sounds very familiar – it’s a good thing we don’t share the same living space!
I had fun on the Internet looking up Nick Hornby – he’s a busy boy; apart from writing very successful novels, he writes articles about sport, rock music and also writes book reviews. He has cleverly turned his passions into a rewarding career. His novel About a Boy has been filmed, starring Hugh Grant, and I loved it
I Googled The Believer which NH writes for; it’s an American literary magazine for which NH’s book diaries were written, and formed the basis for Polysyllabic Spree. He’s irreverent, erudite, funny, has catholic reading tastes, and he loves Dickens. Note to self: read more Dickens. P.S. Novelist Robert Harris is NH’s brother-in-law.