8 journalers for this copy...
Glad I did though. The first story in particular redeemed Hornby for me. I loved the self-awareness of the storytelling, and the voice of the fifteen year old narrator. The second story - about parents who discover their son's a porn actor - didn't have the same impact, but overall I found this a quick and enjoyable read.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Included this in a package with another book by Nick Hornby. Enjoy!
Alectoness, do you want this released here or sent on to the next ring recipient? I assume it keeps going in the ring.
I enjoyed the second story more, Alectoness, possibly because I'm a parent of children in the son's age group, and because the first one had a "I woke up and found it was a dream" aspect to it, in reverse.
A very good little book to have in my handbag for a time I had to wait. Thanks for the thoughtful addition to the ring. Must look for more of these Penguin 70's as I loved collecting the 60's. Arrgghh! Where has that ten years gone!
Reserved to accompany "A Long way down" on the ring.
Photo: Fishermen's wharf at Semporna, southern Sabah.
Thank you for sharing this, Alectoness.
The beginning of the first story was a bit frantic, but the twist was interesting. I had a feeling that some of the details about present and future didn't add up, but I was not interested enough to reread the story to check.
Like Sujie I enjoyed the second story more. I liked the positive attitude of the mother and especially the way she silenced the nosy neighbour.
The booklet is on its way to Portugal now together with the ring.
The first one is really cool and the way it is written is delirious, Hornby sure does have my kind of sense of humor, the action and the characters are really well thought and it sounds so simple.
The second story has a more refined sense of humor and it deals with an uncomfortable issue, for parents that is, but the soft way that the author aproaches whole problem is really great. The question that plagues men since the dawn of days is the centre of the whole story and that is: Does size matter?
Hornby clearly answers: You bet it does.
It was a great read and I'll be sure to recomend it to anyone that wants to read something from this author and don't know where to begin.
Will send it along after I've read A Long Way Down, in a couple of weeks.
The picture is a view of Lisbon's city hall(Just keeping up with the travel trail).
Thanks a lot everyone!!
I liked both stories, but liked the second one best as well! Loved the humor in both but liked the building up of "Not a Star" better and enjoyed a lot the way they all delt with the matter... wish everyone could be that way with this and other issues in family crisis!
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to read it, and it'll keep company to "A Long way Down when it gets ready to follow it's journey...
Well, this will continue down the line with "A Long Way Down" - thanks Alectoness for sharing!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailed to FSR44. Enjoy!
Sending off to eMeReS with A Long Way Down.
Maybe I will reread the first story, some details of it kept bugging me after I had sent it on the last time. Now's my change to go over them once more.