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Una vita da lettore (Stuff I've Been Reading (U.K. version) #1)

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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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Paul Bryant
I had a breakthrough. You know, like you get after months, maybe years, of intensive therapy. The solution had been staring me in the face – it’s often the way, isn’t it. The thing was, the lowest shelf of my shelves of novels – it’s actually the space between the real lowest shelf and the floor - was just too short. It was 8 inches, which is fine for most of the novels on this shelf but Cold Snap (Jones), Ulysses (Joyce), Lake Wobegon Days (Keillor) and The Collected Works of TS Spivet (Larsen) ...more
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
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
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book of book reviews. This is a book about book reading experience with some related things and comments on books read and bought each month (which are listed, along with books left unfinished... if the book was particularly disliked, they are left anonymous-looking: no negativity in these monthly things are allowed, which is a good thing). The time is from September 2003 to June 2006, though it's not every-month sort of thing. These appeared first on the "Believer" magazine. In-be ...more
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
Marcello S
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raccolta di saggi narrativi/recensioni presi dalla rubrica mensile tenuta da Hornby per la rivista Believer.
Riflessioni, spunti, divagazioni messe giù con il suo classico stile divertente e sensibile allo stesso tempo.

Anche se non ha pubblicato tutte cose indimenticabili, Hornby è una voce della narrativa contemporanea che se non ci fosse mi mancherebbe.
E non ci sono così tanti scrittori di cui potrei dire lo stesso.

Da mettere in conto che una parte dei libri cui si fa riferimento non sono tra
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, in-en, 2016
I'm holding Mr. Hornby accountable for many of the books I added on the to-read shelf in the past few weeks. And if you see me reading David Copperfield it's entirely his fault. But if I'll be listening to the audio book it'll be because, well, Richard Armitage.
Lord Beardsley
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nick Davies
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I picked this up cheaply from a charity shop recently, having vague recollections of having read it a decade or so ago in a small park near the library from where I borrowed it. It was alas a disappointment and hence will be recycled back to a different charity shop.

This is a gathering-together of Hornby's columns of book reviews for what seems to be an odd kind of American literary magazine. In it, the author attempts to talk in more general terms about the experience of reading (as opposed to
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
Oct 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Anthony Peter
I imagined this book - a book about books - would be pretty good fun, and it was in places and not just when it referred to books I knew and hated or books I knew and enjoyed; but overall it boils down to a collection of book reviews and I didn't work out the circumstances under which it would be interesting to read them. So I ended up just belting through them and stopping to read the occasional paragraph. I also never worked out if the Believer and the Polysyllabic Spree were real, and, if the ...more
Althea J.
Before there was GoodReads, there wasn't nearly enough discussion in my life about HOW we read. The thought process behind how one book leads you to another. Or how much our personal lives or moods influence our perception of what we are reading.

Polysyllabic Spree (or the version I read, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree)* is a collection of Nick Hornby's monthly columns in The Believer which chronicles his experiences in reading. Not just what he thought of the books he read, but the thinking tha
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007, nonfiction, uk, bookish
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
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I found hard to categorise. This is a collection of columns Hornby wrote for a literary magazine about a decade ago now. It's not book reviews, however, it's something much more interesting: it is a diary of his book purchasing and reading habits. There are sort of bare-bones reviews occasionally, and some extracts of one or two of the more interesting books, but it's mostly his thoughts about the actual reading process, how and why he selected particular books, and how he felt ...more
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gran-bretagna
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
Giulia Pascariello
Un libro che parla di libri. Lo stile di Nick Hornby è inconfondibile: brillante, ironico, divertente e intelligente. Con le sue parole fa venir voglia di mollare tutto e passare la vita a leggere (come se ci fosse bisogno di incoraggiamenti).
Purtroppo molti dei libri "recensiti" non sono tradotti qui in italia. Peccato, sembrano testi davvero interessanti.
Per colpa (o per merito, decidete voi) del signor Hornby la mia lista "da leggere" si è ulteriormente allungata.
Una lettura d'intratteniment
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came just when I needed it but didn't know it. Picked it up in a supermarket while holidaying on Corfu. I love how Nick sees the world, how he writes and how he reads. The only bad thing, if you could really call it a bad thing, is that because of this book I have added lots of new books to my 'to read' list. He made me laugh, freaked me out and made me think. If you're a reader who never has time to read you'll relate to this book. It's also a good in between book if the other 10 book ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brillante. L'ottima rubrica dell'Hornby viene racchiusa in 270 pagine impreziosite da un'ottima traduzione. La rubrica che io stessa vorrei essere in grado di scrivere. Divertente, personale e puntuale. Una lettura consigliata a chiunque viva "una vita da lettore".
Vikas Datta
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who could have thought let alone reading books, reading an account of someone else reading books could be so fun, and Mr Hornby never disappoints with his rare wit..
In un blog come il mio non poteva mancare!
Leonard Davis
Read whatever you want as long as you enjoy it.
Life is too short for your reading life to be boring.
Hornby is funny.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quando ci aggiriamo confusi e disorientati in una libreria traboccante di novità e classici, è confortante ricordarsi di un titolo che ci è stato consigliato da una persona fidata. Spesso tali pareri sono più efficaci di una recensione prestigiosa, e fornircene alcuni è proprio l'intento di questo libro di Nick Hornby, un diario di letture alquanto informale, che diventa un'appassionante avventura dentro i libri. Delle "non recensioni" che, in poche, felicissime righe, ci raccontano un romanzo o ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Avrò letto circa una ventina di pagine di questo saggio più qualche spezzone qua e là. Quindi non posso scrivere poi chissà che cosa, ma per il poco che ho letto mi è piaciuto molto. E' la prima opera che ho provato a leggere di Hornby e sicuramente leggerò altro di lui. Vi chiederete perché ho abbandonato questo libro se mi stava piacendo? Perché, come dice Hornby stesso, se non riusciamo ad andare avanti con la lettura di un determinato libro non vuol dire che sia colpa del libro e neanche co
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why am I reading book reviews written more than 10 years ago, about books that I've already read or have no interest in reading? Because Nick Hornby makes everything readable, in his simple way of putting things (simple to read, difficult to write, I'm sure). He never fails to be witty and entertaining. The good news is my reading list only grew to four more books after reading this.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Simpatico, davvero simpatico. La versione cartacea di quello che sto cercando di fare qui: un elenco di libri comprati e letti, commentati con la solita vèrve british di Hornby (che io non ho, ma amen ahaha) che mi ha fatto gonfiare tantissimo la mia wishlist libraria.
Evan Micheals
After the introduction, as the authors insistence, I stopped reading - I do not need to read another book about reading.
Sofia Duo'
le premesse sono sempre buone però dopo 50 pagine non riesco più ad apprezzarlo
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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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