I finished The Polysyllabic Spree so quickly! While I am pissed off at Nick Hornby for writing such a short book, I DID love it, and yes, he IS my newest literary crush. Roll over, George Orwell, and tell Steinbeck the news.
Crap, I’m besotted! I managed to get through the first chapter of All Families Are Pyschotic, but like Hornby, when he saw Marah in concert, I didn’t want to pay attention to anyone/anything else. If this were literary Fantasy Boxing, Hornby would be wiping the canvas with Coupland.
What did I like? Everything! Well, almost everything. I just can’t wrap my mind around Hornby’s need to go and read Dickens periodically. (Now I’ve got guilt spikes again about Dickens. Where is the novel that will make me at least like if not love him? Hint: It’s NOT David Copperfield!)
Never mind Dickens for now. I’m all about Nick Hornby. Let me count the ways: He’s funny; he’s self-deprecating in that lovable English way; he’s got lists and lists of books that he buys and/or reads; he’s brutally honest about his reading moods and reasons why he did and didn’t finish books; and best of all, he’s wonderfully intelligent without having a huge stick up his butt about it. (Put that it in your pipe and smoke it, Richard Schickel! I’m still pissed off at you for your rude comments about book bloggers last year!)
It’s true that my new beloved did call all Amazon reviewers bastards, but even though I’ve written 33 reviews at their website, I can overlook the epithet. (I’ve never been called a bastard before, except for the time Mr. Bybee blurted it out when I bingoed on him twice in a row during a game of Scrabble.)
All I can say is read The Polysyllabic Spree. Please. If you haven’t already read it, that is. And if you have — there’s worse ways to spend your time! I read it over again today and chuckled at the funny parts and made thorough notes for my wishlist. After that, I did some laundry and painted my fingernails blue. Then, feeling bereft, I headed over to Amazon and ordered Housekeeping vs. the Dirt. There was nothing else to do. Now I’m thinking about making Arsenal my favorite football team. CanadaBoy would be pleased, but that’s beside the point. Gimme Nick.