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Libri ricevuti, libri recensiti, libri comprati e mai letti, libri che prima o poi bisognerà leggere, libri letti davvero, finalmente: un labirinto di letture di tutti i generi, dai classici alle biografie degli sportivi, dalle raccolte di versi ai graphic novel, dai romanzi appena usciti a quelli imperdibili dell'800... Schiacciato dal mucchio delle letture a cui non si p ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca della Fenice, 280 pages
Published 2006 by Guanda (first published October 31st 2005)
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Anastasia
Ma perché Nick Hornby legge solo libri a me sconosciuti.

É frustrante, io svolgo la pagina nella speranza che nel mese dopo possa trovare anche solo titoli che ho sentito nominare, ma nemmeno quello. A parte qualche eccezione.
Ah, forse non ne siete a conoscenza, ma Hornby ama Dickens e se si parte con l'argomento...nessuno lo ferma più. Andando nei particolari:

"A circa un terzo del libro ho pensato per un momento che David Copperfield sarebbe diventato il mio nuovo romanzo preferito di Dickens, i
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Melki
The absolute BEST THING about this book is that each chapter begins with a list of BOOKS BOUGHT and a list of BOOKS READ, and you can probably guess which list is usually longer.

Though I've read and enjoyed three fiction books by Hornby, his tribute to reading left me feeling uninspired. I didn't add a single title to my TBR list. Maybe it's because he reads a lot of biography. Or maybe it's just because I don't root for Arsenal.

I still say, if you read only one book this year about a man obsess
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Lord Beardsley
Sep 07, 2007 Lord Beardsley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not "people of letters"
Shelves: read2007
I read this book in one sitting. I'm a sucker for reading lists and talk about books in general. Nick Hornby writes in a wonderfully chatty, witty manner that makes this journal of his reading experiences hard to put down. This even made me consider reading David Copperfield and re-think the novel Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson (you'll be shocked to hear that one Nate!). My only small criticism is the magazine The Believer...I've long been skeptical of magazines like The Believer and McSweeney ...more
Núria
Dec 17, 2007 Núria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a los que les apasiona leer
The Complete Polysyllabic Spree es la recopilación de una columna de Nick Hornby que aparece cada mes en la revista Believer y en la que comenta los libros que ha leído en el mes pasado. Es un estilo parecido al de '31 canciones', mezcla de reseña/crítica y relato autobiográfico. Y no importa si no has leído los libros de los que habla, porque más que hacer una crítica ortodoxa de un puñado de libros, lo que hace es hablar de su experiencia como lector y de sus hábitos de lectura, de la satisfac ...more
Michael
While Nick Hornby is best known for his fiction that includes books like High Fidelity and About a Boy, some maybe familiar with his column in The Believer called Stuff I’ve Been Reading. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is the combination of two U.S. titles from his column, The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs. the Dirt. The title is a reference to the Dallas choral rock band The Polyphonic Spree, a group with over twenty members in it. Hornby often describes the works of The Believer in t ...more
Roberta
Nick Hornby, autore di svariati romanzi, ci propone una raccolta di saggi originariamente pubblicati mensilmente sulla rivista inglese The Believer. Un lettore può scegliere se leggere per migliorarsi o leggere per piacere: ovviamente la distinzione fra le due categorie è abbastanza grossolana, ma Hornby ritiene che la seconda opzione sia infinitamente più divertente. E così è: a questo dobbiamo le entusiastiche recensioni di romanzi quali La fortezza della solitudine, Pompei o David Copperfield ...more
Miss Bookiverse
Jan 12, 2010 Miss Bookiverse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read what Hornby read/s
Recommended to Miss Bookiverse by: Spezi
Dieses Buch ist eigentlich nur eine Sammlung von Kolumnen, die Mister Hornby für die Zeitung Believer verfasst hat. Als ich mich damit angefreundet hatte (so Aneinanderreihungen von Kolumnen, die man sonst nur ein mal im Monat liest, finde ich ja irgendwie blöd), war ich eigentlich auch schon gut im Lesen drin.
Nick Hornby hat jeden Monat sein Leseverhalten dokumentiert und kommentiert. Zu Beginn jeder Kolumne listet er seine gekauften und tatsächlich gelesenen Bücher auf. All das könnte sicher e
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Aurora  Fitzrovia
Ich habe auf Seite 83 mit dem Lesen aufgehört.

Eigentlich liebe ich ja Bücher, die über Bücher handeln. Und vor allem wenn sie dann auch noch von einem Buchautor geschrieben wurden. (Bzw. in diesem Fall besteht das Buch aus den Kolumnen, die Hornby für eine Zeitschrift geschrieben hatte)
Super interessant fand ich, dass Hornby am Anfang immer seine gelesenen und gekauften Bücher gegenüber stellt und die Liste der gekauften Bücher stets länger ist. Sehr sympathisch ;) Und auch viele der Anekdoten ü
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Luara
Disponível em: http://isaacsabe.wordpress.com/2012/0...

Se eu fosse escolher uma maneira de escrever um romance (lembrem-se que não tenho pretensões escrivinhadoras) escolheria a de Hornby. Ele é inglês. Tudo bem, preciso de mais motivos… ele é inglês, ele escreve de maneira simples e clara, ele é inglês, ele sabe ser divertido, ele é inglês.

Frenesi Polissilábico é uma coletânea de artigos publicados na revista Believer entre setembro de 2003 e junho de 2006. Só para dar uma ideia, nas primeiras
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Sandra
Questo libro non mi ha preso. Per carità, Nick Hornby è simpatico, ironico, intelligente, pungente, un amico quasi, ma i libri che recensisce sono libri inglesi o americani, a me sconosciuti -o, se qualcuno lo conosco, non l'ho letto- e le battute che l'autore fa nel corso dei commenti rimangono incomprensibili.
La mia vita da lettore è del tutto diversa da quella dell'autore.
La cosa che ci accomuna e che mi ha spinto a finire la lettura è il grande amore per i libri:
"I libri, ammettiamolo, sono
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Anastasia D
Being a huge fan of Nick Hornby's novels I was hesitating with this review, especially after having been called a bastard for being a reviewer right in the beginning of the book. Dear Mr Hornby, I took it personally. Nevertheless, I shall proceed.

The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is first and foremost a great company. It is a needed pause between our endless reading wish list, it gives us time to reconsider why and how we read books and wether we are doing it for all the right reasons. And, of cou
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Federica
Blog Stories Review: http://storiesbooksandmovies.blogspot...

Spesso leggiamo libri che pensiamo di dover leggere o che avremmo già dovuto aver letto, o che altri ritengono che noi dovremmo leggere”

Una vita da lettore non è mai stato nella mia lista dei libri che devo leggere, che avrei dovuto leggere o qualche-altra-peripezia-grammaticale-con-'dovere'. Non ho mai avuto la più pallida intenzione di leggerlo. Eppure, eccomi qui a parlare proprio di questo libricino firmato Nick Hornby. Costui prob
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Starliam
Nick Hornby ci porta con sè attraverso le sue letture: si tratta infatti di una raccolta di recensioni che ha pubblicato su una rivista inglese. Descrive con il solito stile allegro e scanzonato il suo piacere per la lettura, i libri che lo hanno fatto appassionare e quelli che ha abbandonato perchè non riusciva a farseli piacere, consiglia opere ed autori.
David Bril
This is a collection of articles that Nick Hornby has written monthly for The Believer magazine and is the UK version of Nick Hornby's Stuff I've Been series here in North America. This collection combines the first two books of that series, The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs The Dirt. This collection covers from Sept. 2003 till Oct. 2006. As always Hornby's writing is just amazing and filled with his sharp sense of humor and his ability to suck you in, even when is just reviewing books ...more
Melanie
Ben je ook zo iemand die boeken blijft kopen terwijl er nog een stapel ongelezen exemplaren op de nachtkast ligt? Join the club. En maak kennis met de voorzitter: Nick Hornby. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is een overzicht van de maandelijkse columns (september 2003-juni 2006) die hij schreef voor het magazine Believer. In zijn typische ironische en gevatte stijl heeft hij over de boeken die hij gekocht heeft en die hij gelezen heeft. Tussendoor zegt hij ook zinnige dingen over literatuur, kin ...more
A De
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

What an enjoyable read. Nick Hornby's claim that the Polysyllabic Spree don't exist is a double bluff, of course they must exist a variable number of young people engaged in the mystical worship of books and publishing a magazine called the Believer - got to be true! Thanks to this book I acquired a whole new list of must reads some of which I would never have come across otherwise. Life is never anything other than exciting when you have a long 'must read' l
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Emma
Taken from my book journal [Not traditional review format]

'The Complete Polysyllabic Spree' came as I become desperate for a hobby, something to fill my time. I was actually searching for an outside hobby that involved exercise, but all I could think of that I already enjoy doing is reading. It has already shown me the way to make my reading have more of an impact, more output from me than just input from the books. Also, as I worry about the lack of book lovers around me, it assures me that rea
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Peggy
I came across this book (an autographed copy in fact) on a "used" shelf at Third Place Books Ravenna in Seattle. Use(d) seems very appropriate for this book because you can use it as a reading list. It's a collection of Hornby's columns, generally by month, listing what books he purchased and what he actually read. Leafing through I had to buy it because I saw that he wrote that "Anne Tyler is the person who first made me want to write." Sold! Not only would Anne Tyler be my desert island pick, ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here.

Nick Hornby writes an approximately monthly column for American literary magazine The Believer, entitled Stuff I've Been Reading. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree collects the first three years or so of this column (September 2003 to June 2006), and, even though it is quite a short book, the contents were originally published by the magazine in two smaller volumes; a third has since appeared, according to Wikipedia, so the title is no longer accurate. Not prec
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Veronica
I probably don't have much else in common with Nick Hornby, a football-mad urban male and bestselling author, but we both enjoy reading. I haven't read any of his other books, but I enjoyed this monthly diary of his reading, in the form of a monthly column for an American magazine.

I haven't read many of the books he mentions either, and probably won't, but it really doesn't matter because this book is about the varied pleasures of reading, including the way we choose the books we intend to read.
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Putri
Sebagai pencinta buku, buku non fiksi yang ditulis Nick Hornby ini sangat menarik.
Di buku ini Hornby berbagi buku-buku apa saja yang ia beli dan pada akhirnya ia baca dari bulan ke bulan.
Plus sedikit review tentang buku yang ia suka dan tidak suka.
Cukup nyinyir juga sih si bapak satu ini, tapi cukup menyenangkan membacanya.
Saya adalah salah satu pembaca yang menurut orang-orang punya selera buku yang cemen banget.
Dan terkadang suka minder sama koleksi orang lain yang lebih "berbobot" ketimbang k
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Jorge Costales
There can be a certain melancholy to discovering writers whose work you love. Are they dead or in their prime? Sometimes dead is better, like when there's an accessible body of work. I love Tom Wolfe, but after I found him, he's produced a book about every 10 years it seems. Nowadays I wind my way through Michael Crichton's enjoyable novels with a twinge of sadness at his passing, but appreciative of his productiveness.

I just found another in his prime, Nick Hornby. He's about my age and shares
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Aditi
I just finished this book and I loved it. The concept is great - a writer (not the highbrow, inaccessible lit-fic)type talks about the books he's read and bought each month. His commentary on the process of buying books is illuminating and endearing, and it is really a revelation of the obvious that for most people who like reading the process is something like a dialogue with yourself and the books you should read and the books you want to read and the books you like the cover of and the books ...more
Lisetta
Questo �� la prima volta nella quale sono costretta a specificare che il libro meritava per me, due stelle e mezzo. Non so bene per quale motivo, ma spesso durante la lettura, mi perdevo completamente: tante delle sue battute non le ho comprese(humor ingelse?), passaggi repentini da un'osservazione ad un'altra, miscuglio di diverse citazioni, libri, titoli....! Ho avuto cos�� l'impressione, come se tante volte l'autore si lasciasse prendere dalla mano e dimentico del "colloquio" con i lettori, s ...more
Pearlie Ng
A book on books: I have been looking for a book on books or on reading. I could not find The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop I wanted to get. I saw this instead. I first noticed its cover. The books, albeit just sketches, attracted me. I scanned read the first few pages and found it promising. Polysyllabic spree - there is a nice ring to this phrase. I would not however, be able to keep up with the author's rate of reading. He may call himself an "occasionally exasperated but ever hopeful reader" but fo ...more
Tony
The Polysyllabic Spree - the ninety-nine young and oddly menacing hipsters who run the Believer - forced me to write this review. Just why I agreed, is better left unsaid. Suffice it to say - I didn't realise that a certain act was illegal in California. Not everything goes apparently.

Anyway, I digress, it seems the floatation of the magazine on Wall Street was not as successful as they had hoped. So they are hoping a good review of this book may induce people to buy a copy. Although as you can
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Metta
"A couple of months ago, I became depressed by the realization that I'd forgotten pretty much everything I've ever read. I have however bounced back: I am now cheered by the realization that if I've forgotten everything I've ever read then I can read some of my favourite books again as if for the first time."

"I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal.
...But with each passing year, and with each whimsic
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Raül De Tena
The Complete Polysyllabic Spree es la prueba final de que la cosmogonía de Nick Hornby es plenamente merecedora de (mi) adoración. En este libro se recogen las columnas mensuales que el autor escribe para The Believer, esa revista literaria única en su filosofía de no hablar mal de ningún libro bajo ningún concepto. Las intenciones son genuinamente geniales (ojalá proliferara la creencia de que "para hablar mal de algo en un medio, mejor no hablar de ello")... Pero eso no evita los problemas a H ...more
Ronaldo Ricioli
Nesta obra o autor conta sua experiência como leitor com muito humor e listas imensas de livros comprados e livros lidos. Interessante a forma como Nick descreve sua relação com os livros, evidentemente intensa devido sua profissão de escritor, mas sobretudo humana e prática. Muitas vezes o autor compra livros que não consegue ler e tem a certeza que não conseguirá ler todos os livros interessantes disponíveis. São muitos títulos e pouquíssimo tempo para a leitura.

Não recomendo a leitura deste l
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D'face
Loved this book. I bought with some spare change at the end of a dull week in Budapest and it was one of the best investments of my life. I have not always enjoyed his novels, but the chatty and irreverent pporach won me over. Every reader can empathise with his dual list approach of books book and books read, although in my case these might be books borrowed from the library or collected through BookCrossing rather than bought. There were a few books he mentioned that have now been added to my ...more
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Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Acade ...more
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