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The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter

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As the British state begins to unravel, and as journalists compete to pronounce on the death of Britain, a schoolboy from suburban Surrey who lives for most of the year in a semi-parallel universe becomes the most popular figure in contemporary world literature. Now read on – everyone else does...

Harry Potter is English, a home-counties suburban child. An orphan, oppressed
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by Verso (first published June 1st 2002)
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Aug 24, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
I'm honestly surprised that this book has so many negative reviews. I first read it about 10 years ago and re-read it recently, and I still think it's pretty great. It reads the HP series (not yet finished when he wrote it) in relation to New Labor and the politics of Britain circa 2000. It's a scholarly book published (and written) as a more or less popular one - the style is accessible, and there's virtually no scholarly apparatus (footnotes etc.), but the arguments are most likely to appeal t ...more
Viv Eliot
Mar 10, 2012 Viv Eliot rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I did not like this book, not because I "disagree" with the book as Blake had some good perspective at the onset, but because his analysis became more and more absurd as the book went on. For instance, Blake says that Harry "torture"s Aunt Marge by blowing her up into a balloon. Does he blow her up into a balloon, yes, but let's not forget that Marge was in the middle of verbally abusing Harry, trashing his parents, and essentially torturing him psychologically. She got what she deserved, it's n ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Noora rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasia, tietokirjat
Kuinakahn mones edes välillisesti Harry Potteriin liittyvä kirja jonka luen? Kirjojen taustoista on mielenkiintoista lukea, samoin kirjojen menestyksen erilaisista todellisista ja keksityistä syistä. Kirja on mielenkiintoinen ja asiantuntevasti kirjoitettu, eikä se varsinaisesti asetu kummankaan kannan puolell, puolesta tai vastaan. Kirja ei myöskään suhtaudu Rowlingiin "jumalana", kuten Rowlingin epävirallisen elämäkerran kirjoittaja. Ihan hyvä ja mielenkiintoinen kirja.
Janine Fenton
May 09, 2013 Janine Fenton rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
There were a few good points to start with, but realised, when I was half way through, that it was not going to contain the facts I was looking for and that I was not interested in the opinions that were being given.
More informative and clever than most books about Harry Potter.
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