Il problema principale di questo libro è il fatto che sia stato scritto da un inglese per gli inglesi.
La maggior parte dei romanzi che elogia non sono neanche stati tradotti da noi oppure risultano introvabili.
Un'altra cosa che ho mal sopportato,anche se comprensibile, è il suo leggere un sacco di romanzi di amici/parenti e riempirli indistintamente tutti di commenti favorevoli.
Per il resto è sempre il solito hornby, un vecchio compagno di bevute, che ti trascina nelle sue divagazioni di cui comunque non ti stancherai.
For a few years, Nick Hornby kept a diary of the books he bought and read: lots of lesser-known contemporary novels/biographies/non)fiction and the occasional (modern) classic. In these columns, Hornby mainly shows himself to be a lover of books and less of a critic. Readability is a good thing in his opinion, and his down-to-earth and sceptic approach to what is called literature is refreshing and honest. Add to that delightful sense of humour, and you have a nice, intersting and most of all readable account of a person who just loves book - and as a consequence always buys more than he can read....Continua
As enjoyable as a novel. More enjoyable than a novel, at times. Hornby is not a critic, he couldn't be farther from being one, yet I think that his little essays tell much about our actitude towards reading, what it is like and what it should be like....Continua
What Hornby does is more than making a list of stuff he has read. He shares his reading experience and relays everything in such a conversational tone that makes it all sound so natural. This book is funny, even if sometimes Hornby contradicts himself and he doesn't get deeper than his rivals in critical writing.
"The young Flaubert wasn't very rock and roll. He was, on this evidence, kind of a prissy, nerdy kid..."
bellissimo! divertente! vivace!
che poi io abbia gli stesi gusati di hornby è tutto da dimostrare.
i pasi dei libri che sono riportati nel saggio (è la raccolta deglki articoli pubblicati sukl the beloiever) mi piaccioonio: c'è la satrapi, ferris, walter, hamilton...
cito a cazzo:
bowie is quoted as saying the 70s were the start of the 21 century, which means that the 20th century perhaps uniquely contained only seven decades
is it really possible that motley crue have destroyed all the literature in the world, everything that came before them, and everything written since?
you become increasingly amazed at the muddle that apparently intelligent people have got themselves into when they attempt to define the importance of - and the superiority of - high culture
if a recent survey in the uk suggested, most people buy books because they like to be seen reading rather than because they actually enjoy it
reading pickwick and learning a speech from faust by heart is not enough if your aim is to become a truly civilized person and not to sink below the level of your surrondings