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Funny Girl

Funny Girl

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as in boring from the clunky prose to the unlikable characters who ...
Perhaps I was reading a different book based on the 4 and 5 star reviews but a lot of the irony it seems was lost on me, I have never read anything by NIck Hornby before but knowing that he wrote about a boy, was expecting something sharp and witty something in the penmanship style of David Nichols (One day) perhaps, as in a sharply observed comedy of life. Alas Hornby's style and execution has no such warmth if I could sum up I would have to say monotone, as in boring from the clunky prose to the unlikable characters who drifted in and out leaving little impact, there were moments but no where near enough to keep me invested. It was called funny girl, but where was the "funny" his effort to encapsulate the swinging sixties also missed the mark as captured little atmosphere unless you consider namedropping to be an adequate capturing of such iconic times.

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Funny Girl, the new novel by best-selling author Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding.

Funny Girl is the story of a popular 1960s tv comedy series. The writers are Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, who each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star, Clive, feels he's destined for better things. And most of all there is Sophie Straw, once Barbara Parker, Miss Blackpool 1964, who's changed her name and abandoned her old life because she just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame.

Nick Hornby's new novel is about popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class, and teamwork. It offers a wonderfully captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity, and of a period when both were suddenly allowed to flourish.

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