Sunday, 14 February 2010

Spriggsblog Goes To The Bookshop

I've just finished reading the most entertaining book i've read in a long while, "Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby. Remember that The Beatles, after their album "Let It Be," released a stripped-down version called "Let It Be, Naked"? Same idea: reclusive (fictional) musician Tucker Crowe's most famous album, "Juliet," has been re-released in stripped-down form, as "Juliet, Naked."

Here's the synopsis from the Penguin Books website: "Annie and Duncan are a mid-thirties couple who have reached a fork in the road, realising their shared interest in the reclusive musician Tucker Crowe (in Duncan's case, an obsession rather than an interest) is not enough to hold them together any more. When Annie hates Tucker's 'new release', a terrible demo of his most famous album, it's the last straw - Duncan cheats on her and she promptly throws him out. Via an internet discussion forum, Annie's harsh opinion reaches Tucker himself, who couldn't agree more. He and Annie start an unlikely correspondence which teaches them both something about moving on from years of wasted time."

Nick Hornby is one of my favourite writers anyway. (He wrote "High Fidelity," to give him his most famous face.) (Which was a great film btw.) But "Juliet, Naked" is a thoroughly enjoyable read -- yes, even more enjoyable than the last book i read, "JavaScript For Beginners." No, really....

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