Una lettura tira l'altra, almeno secondo Nick Hornby, che ancora una volta ci guida tra gli scaffali della sua personalissima biblioteca, dispensando con tono cordiale dubbi, consigli e confidenze. Ci sono classici e novità, opere di amici e di esordienti, alcuni volumi acquistati e poi subito riposti in un canto, ma soprattutto libri letti, divorati o lasciati a metà, magari ripresi o abbandonati per sempre. Nel suo nuovo diario di letture Hornby non segue un copione prestabilito. In accordo con la sua idea di letteratura, si lascia guidare da passioni ed entusiasmi profondamente radicati nella vita, senza badare ai pareri della critica ufficiale. Si passa da un saggio su Shakespeare a un graphic novel, da Henry Miller alla letteratura per l'infanzia e ai libri per gli adolescenti, un genere, quest'ultimo, di cui Hornby si è recentemente infatuato. Non manca una parte dedicata ai film, sempre visti con l'occhio dello scrittore appassionato di storie mai banali, specie se ruotano attorno alla vita di un genio della musica come Bob Dylan. E durante i Mondiali di calcio, per guardare ogni giorno le partite assieme ai suoi amici e fare qualche scommessa via Internet, Hornby riesce persino a passare un mese senza libri. Per poi rituffarvisi subito.
- ISBN: 8860886333
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 180
I read a column a night, which was perfect for the amount of reading time I have these days. I laughed both aloud and within, which was most appreciated. A highlight of this collection is Hornby's discovery of YA lit for the very first time and he loves it, discussing those YA books that he calls 'm Leggi tutto
What did I learn from this book? That even Nick Hornby, an author I generally quite like, is capable of PHONING IT IN, in truly shameless fashion. If, like me, you chose this book because you really enjoyed its predecessor, "The Polysyllabic Spree", prepare to be disappointed. If I didn't like Hornb Leggi tutto
The only thing you can conclude from this book and others like it (this is the third and last compilation of Hornby's bookreviewing columns from the Believer ) is that writers are a lot less critical of other writers than us regular people are. Hornby finds most of the books he reads wondrous, brilli Leggi tutto
Hi!!!!!!! I’m back. Yep. Thought I might have given up on you, right? No way “We’re stuck together like paper to glue / Like a me to a you / Like honey to Pooh / Like the sky is to blue.” You complete me. I can’t quit you. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. Don’t forg Leggi tutto
After reading this I feel a little sad that I'm just not that interested in reading other books of Nick Hornby. Yeah I liked High Fidelity , and How to be Good was ok, but generally when I see his books I just don't feel a need to read them. I feel disappointed because I like these essays so much and Leggi tutto
Nick Hornby has discovered YA literature, which is why this is my favorite of his "What I'm Reading" collections. In addition to declaring that (some) YA lit is as good as--if not better than--"grown up" books, Hornby also makes fun of high-brow critics who think that the only books worth reading are Leggi tutto
Here is a conversation I had while riding on an airport shuttle bus in San Diego: DRIVER: What are you reading? ME: It's called Shakespeare Wrote for Money. DRIVER: Yeah, but what is it? ME: It's a book of book reviews. DRIVER: [pause] Really? ME: It's really good! I like that Hornby begins each review wit Leggi tutto
I loved the first two of these books: The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs. The Dirt . Unfortunately, this third essay book is Nick Hornby 's last collection of Believer monthly columns. I always find more books to read as I read Hornby’s essays, although nowhere near as many as I find at Goodre Leggi tutto
Hornby begins each column with 'books bought' and 'books read' listing. I can relate that the 'bought' usually outnumbers the 'read' nearly every month. My favorite passage was about browsing the section of a bookstore reserved for the genre he calls "the 'misery memoir' . . . these books . . . seem Leggi tutto
Hornby is a hoot with his lists of books purchased/books read. I liked the last one better, but it was still a fun read.
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