Back of the Book Reviews

Troy

Troy

Have you ever looked at any of those back of the book reviews? You know the ones I’m talking about. “This book was great” – Some Guy, The Book This Guy Wrote. I have a problem with some of these quotes.
I just finished reading “Fever Pitch” by Nick Hornby an interesting autobiographical story about Mr. Hornby’s obsession with english football (soccer). I’m not a big soccer fan so at times the book did drag but I finally made my way through it and at the end I must say I liked it. On the back cover of the 2000 Penquin copy I have there is a blurb by someone named Nicholas Lezard who states “…this is tears-running-down-your-face funny, read-bits-out-load-to-complete-strangers funny, but also highly perceptive and honest about Hornby’s obsession and the state of the game”. I agree with the second point brought up by Mr. Lezard but in general I didn’t think the book was all that funny. I giggled at a couple of points but tears were definitely not running down my face and I didn’t read choice bits to complete strangers. I highly doubt that Nick Hornby wrote this book with the intention of making us cry with laughter.
I don’t know where I was going with this. In closing I would like to say that I doubt many of these back of the book reviewers actually read the books they write blurbs about. The End. 🙂

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  1. Firda

    I trust book reviews from newspapers/magazines a lot more than from Some Guy Who Also Wrote A Book because the latter might be worried that if they gave bad review, they’d get a bad review in return and that would be bad for their book selling 🙂

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  2. Nick Lezard

    FYI, I read every word of every book I review.
    Yours
    N Lezard

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