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The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his first term at university. He has a dark secret–a long-held, burning ambition to appear on the wildly popular British TV quiz show University Challenge–and now, finally, it seems the dream is about to become reality. He’s made the school team, and they’ve completed the qualifying rounds and are limbering up for their first televised match. (And, what’s more, he’s fallen head over heels for one of his teammates, the beautiful, brainy, and intimidatingly posh Alice Harbinson.) Life seems perfect and triumph inevitable–but as his world opens up, Brian learns that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

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Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2004
474 oldal · ISBN: 9780340734872 · ASIN: 0340734876
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354 oldal · ASIN: B004GHN2OE
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Flame, 2003
480 oldal · ISBN: 9780754095514

Kedvencelte 2

Most olvassa 1

Várólistára tette 3


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mcginnis
David Nicholls: Starter for Ten

Hát ez szuper volt :D Régebben láttam már a filmet és az is tetszett, de a könyvön is érződik hogy Nicholls forgatókönyvíróként kezdte az ipart. Sajnos vagy nem sajnos, sok szituáció ismerős volt, Briannel a kelleténél jobban tudtam azonosulni. Még az is lehet, hogy idővel kedvenccé válik, de ehhez valószínűleg nagyban hozzájárul a tény, hogy jókor, jó helyen olvastam.

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BridgeOlvas I
David Nicholls: Starter for Ten

Először a filmet láttam, és mivel azonnal szerelmes lettem bele, muszáj volt a könyvet is azonnal elolvasni. Nem hibátlan, de nem tudom nem szeretni – végre egy igazán okos és vicces egyetemista/coming-of-age regény, ami igazán hozzám, nekem, rólam szól.
Fura módon egyébként ez is egy olyan regény (a film szintén), ami után az is nosztalgiával gondol a ’80-as évekre, akinek egyébként semmi emléke nincs róla. :)

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Mustamakkara
David Nicholls: Starter for Ten

Mivel egyetemista-könyv sucker vagyok, ezért elég egyértelmü volt, h ez a könyv tetszeni fog.

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Julllcsa
David Nicholls: Starter for Ten

Ez most valami egészen más volt, a korábbi két (One day és Us) tőle olvasott könyvhöz viszonyítva. Valahogy a legelejétől kezdve elvesztettem az érdeklődésemet, nem tudtam magam beleélni az önbizalomhiányos és szorongó Brian helyébe, sokszor pedig legszívesebben vertem volna a fejemet a falba, amikor valami teljesen eszement dolgot csinált vagy impulzusból vagy azért, hogy észrevegyék… Csak azért fejeztem be, mert nem szeretek könyvet félbehagyni, de szerintem iszonyat elnyújtott volt a baromi egyszerű cselekmény. Lehet, hogyha 19 éves önbizalomhiányos sràc lennék, jobban tetszett volna. Így nem.


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BridgeOlvas I

I know the difference between a pterosaur, a pteranodon, a pterodactyl and a ramphorhynchus. I know the Latin name for most of the common domestic British birds. I know the capital cities of nearly every country in the world, and most of the flags too. I know that Magdalene College is pronounced Maudlin College. I know the complete plays of Shakespeare except Timon of Athens, and the complete novels of Charles Dickens except Barnaby Rudge, and all the Narnia books, and the order in which they were all written, approximate in the case of Shakespeare. I know every lyric of every song Kate Bush has ever recorded, including B sides, as well as the highest chart position of every single she's released. I know all the French irregular verbs, and where the phrase „toe the line” comes from, and what the gall bladder's for, and how oxbow lakes are formed, and all the British monarchs in order, and the wives of Henry VIII and their fates, the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and the dates of the major battles of the War of the Roses, the meanings of the words „albedo,” "peripatetic" and „litotes,” and the average number of hairs on a human head, and how to crochet, and the difference between nuclear fission and fusion and how to spell „deoxyribonucleic” and the constellations of the stars and the population of the earth and the mass of the moon and the workings of the human heart. And yet the important and most basic things, like friendship, or getting over Dad dying, or loving someone, or just simply being happy, just being good and decent and dignified and happy, seem to be utterly and completely beyond my comprehension. And it occurs to me that I'm not clever at all, that in fact I am without a doubt the most ignorant, the most profoundly and hopelessly stupid, person in the whole world.

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BridgeOlvas I

All young people worry about things, it's a natural and inevitable part of growing up, and at the age of sixteen my greatest anxiety in life was that I'd never again achieve anything as good, or pure, or noble, or true, as my O-level exam results.

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BridgeOlvas I

And it's the same when I try to read the stuff, it just turns to mush in my head, so that an important, profound poem like Shelley's „Mont Blanc” goes something like „The Everlasting Universe of Things / Flows through the mind, and rolls its rapid blah / Now dark – now bla-di-da – now da-di-bla-di-da” until it crumbles and disintegrates. Of course if Shelley had released „Mont Blanc” as a seven-inch single, then I'd be able to recite it word for word and tell you the highest chart positions, but because it's literature, and it's actually intellectually demanding, then I just don't have a clue. The sad fact is that I love Dickens and Donne and Keats and Eliot and Forster and Conrad and Firtzgerald and Kafka and Wilde and Orwell and Waugh and Marvell and Greene and Sterne and Shakespeare and Webster and Swift and Yeats and Joyce and Hardy, really, really love them. It's just that they don't love me back.

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BridgeOlvas I

I think it's fair to say that I've never been a slave to the fickle vagaries of fashion. It's not that I'm antifashion, it's just that of all the major youth movements I've lived through so far, none have really fitted. At the end of the day, the harsh reality is that if you're a fan of Kate Bush, Charles Dickens, Scrabble and University Challange, then there's not much out there for you in terms of a youth movement.
That's not to say I haven't tried. For a while I used to lie awake and worry that I might be a Goth, but I think that was just a phase. Besides, being a mae Goth basically means dressing up as an aristocratic vampire, and if there's one thing that I'm never going to convince as, it's an aristocratic vampire. I just don't have the cheeckbones. Also, being a Goth means that you have to listen to the music, which is unspeakable.

Round One. Two. p. 14.


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