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The Book of Heroic Failures (Penguin Readers: Level 3) Paperback – 1 Nov 1999


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (1 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582417864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582417861
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,547,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cole on 15 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
Having lent my copy of the original I was pleased to find it was still available from penguin (or so I thought), and I bought two copies. Big mistake, as some of the other reviewers have made clear (although most seem to have, bizarrely, given a review of the original edition and NOT the one advertised here !). This work still gives the dry, factual substance of each story, but penguin have inexplicably removed the clever wordplay, witty remarks and all enjoyment offered by the original. It is put together in a style seemingly designed to be neither edifying, nor amusing and penguin should hang their heads in shame. The editing (as a childrens reader) is both ham-fisted and patronising and anyone reading this book will be left wondering why they've wasted their time and money. The original was already accessible to all ages and probably the funniest book I've ever read. If you have ever come across the original please write to penguin asking for it to be re-released. DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION - You will be terribly disappointed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "mjh_taylor" on 27 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is not the original "Book of Heroic Failures", but a smaller version, rewritten for children. Those buying the book out of a sense of nostalgia for the hilarious original will be very disappointed.
The contents are doubtless suitable for the intended audience, but the wit and timing of the original are sadly missing
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 5 Mar. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read an early version of this book (1980 give or take a few years) and it is especially good as easy reading,(for the quote to Einstein when he was 10, from a tutor that he wouldn't get very far in life!!!!) or anyone else who is going through a stressful period of their lives. Liked the one where a robber breaks into a mansion, drinks all the wine, then becomes drunk and when found by the police is sleeping like a baby.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I read an early version of this book (1990 give or take a few years) and it is the funniest book I have ever read. It is especially good if like me you have exams comming up,(for the quote to Einstine when he was 10, from a tutor that he wouldn't get very far in life!!!!) or anyone else who is going through a stressfull period of their lives.
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