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Posted November 11, 2009
Nick Hornby, the rare triple threat (author of touching, truthful fiction and thought provoking criticism, as well as a literate film writer). Has collected his final THE BELIEVER columns into a wonderful and diverse group of essays that have to do as much with his own state of mind, current interests, family concerns, fantasies, and rambles, as with the subjects at hand ("Books Bought" and "Books Read"). Always leading to diverse subjects to further explore, whether Dickens and soccer, Shakespeare and Bob Dylan, or anything at all written in English. Of particular interest to me was the writing on young-adult novels, Thomas Hardy, and Pictures at a Revolution, a book on films that I had just finished before reading Hornby's impressions. Do not be put off by the cartoonish cover--Hornby is fun, yes, but he does spark a literary fire. Brilliant AND fun--a grand combination!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.