new Nick Hornby book

Discussion in 'Books' started by CG, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. CG

    CG Member

    Jul 25, 2001
  2. shades

    shades New Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    harrisburg, pa usa
    From Powells'.com

    Publisher Comments:
    "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.

    Unforunately, not a novel from Nick...bummer.
     
  3. CG

    CG Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    I'm a little disappointed that it is not a novel but I'll read anything by Hornby so I'm ok with it.
     
  4. The Double

    The Double Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Denver
    Yeah, I'm gonna have to buy it.
     
  5. phats_away

    phats_away Member

    Jul 28, 2001
    Atlanta, Ga
    i deeply enjoyed songbook, so although its' not a novel, i'm still anticipating its release
     
  6. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    OakTown
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    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm more than halfway through this collection of essays, "The Polysyllabic Spree."

    Extremely entertaining, if not the weightiest thing you'll read. But in case folks are still wavering on it, I highly recommend it.
     
  7. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    I finished Spree during the break. Enjoyed it throughly and I was mildly upset that I finished it so quickly.

    Hornby does have a new novel coming out in 2005: http://books.guardian.co.uk/booksoftheyear2004/story/0,15602,1381556,00.html?gusrc=rss
    No idea on the US release date.
     
  8. JeffGMc

    JeffGMc Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    June-ish. I just finished it, and really enjoyed it. First person perspective from four characters, which I found a departure for him. But I'm going to refrain from massive amounts of comments so I don't spoil it for others.
     
  9. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    OakTown
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    Los Angeles
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    Housekeeping v. The Dirt


    A follow-up to The Polysyllabic Spree, i.e. further collected Hornby columns from The Believer. I just picked it up yesterday and it is more of the same, and by that I mean good.

    Hmmm..... paid to read and write about books, football and music. Now what's the downside?
     
  10. sarabella

    sarabella BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 22, 2004
    UK
    Am I the only person who finds him to be unbelievably trite? I have the hardest time finishing his books.
     
  11. redscl19

    redscl19 New Member

    May 15, 2006
    Cleveland OH
    No, you are not -- I thought I was one of the eight soccer fans in the world that did not care for Fever pitch at all, it felt like I was doing mental calisthentics before the end of the book. I'll pass on his new book.
     
  12. royalstilton

    royalstilton New Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    SoCal
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    Liverpool FC
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    United States
    i've tried very hard to hold this against you, but, in the end, i think it just might be one of those endearing foibles we actually like people more for than feel contemptuous. after all, it is your loss, really. :)
     
  13. sarabella

    sarabella BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 22, 2004
    UK
    It's probably my own fault for picking the wrong ones to start with. I read Fever Pitch - it wasn't bad, but not near as good as "everyone" made it out to be. Sure, there were some funny parts and some really real parts, but I still had a hard time getting through it.

    But I thought I'd give "everyone" another chance and I picked up How to Be Good. With this single book, I swore off Hornby forever. Again, there were some funny parts and some really real parts, but oh. my. god. this book was awful.

    I keep thinking I should give him one final chance... but there are too many things on my reading list and I can't seem to make myself fork over the cash for the high likelihood that I'm going to be disappointed. Again.
     
  14. royalstilton

    royalstilton New Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    SoCal
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    Liverpool FC
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    United States
    i liked HTBG, but it's one of those books that i can see others really not liking, just as i could never get into Cold Mountain. my intro to Fever Pitch coincided with my acquiring Fox Soccer Channel. i was a fan of your mortal enemy from the start, but Hornby embodies the tortured captive fanatic in FP, so the LA Rams fan in me rose up in response.

    the Hornby book that resonated most with me was High Fidelity. i have a modest record collection. i have made mix tapes for women. i am about a 6 on the self-absorbed wanker scale. ( please do me the great kindness not to question this score :) ) thus, i identified.

    but again, HF is not really a book written for or about women. perhaps About A Boy would work for you. maybe not, though.

    i finally finished Everything is Illuminated.
     
  15. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Actually, Hornby has a new novella called "Not a Star" that's published out of Dublin. It's available from the university library I have access to, but can't find it elsewhere.

    Looks like I'll be pestering my wife to pester her library for me.
     

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