The Polysyllabic Spree

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The Polysyllabic Spree

A Hilarious and True Account of One Man's Struggle with the Monthly Tide of the Books He's Bought and the Books He's B

By Nick Hornby

McSweeney's Books, Paperback, 9781932416244, 230pp.

Publication Date: November 30, 2004

Description

"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.



About the Author
Nick Hornby is the author of seven internationally bestselling novels (Funny Girl, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub. He has written screenplay adaptions of Lynn Barbers An Education, nominated for an Academy Award, Cheryl Strayeds Wild and Colm Tóibíns Brooklyn. He lives in London.