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Is it meant to be funny?
on 21 March 2013
I love silly books, and I like technical books. But in reality, there are things not to joke about, like pencil sharpening.
My opinion is based on reading the preview, and I might have missed the essential. If a pencil sharpener is depicted in this book, it cannot be serious, nor funnmy. Pencil sharpeners are a disaster. The lead of a pencil sharpened mechanically doesn't last. The best and only way to sharpen a pencil is with a pocket knife, like the one depicted in the book. It should be a knife one feels comfortable with, and used to. And fiorget about Stanley knives, they are a disaster like pencil sharpeners. Unless to intend to cut carpets. Sharpening a pencil takes a certain amount of patience and experience. It'a a little sculpture in itself, a combination of movements, pressure and curves.
The only person I knew who could sharpen a pencil sucessfully was my father, but I think he was too stingy to buy himself a pencil sharpener. But it is true that his pencils lasted longer, and that le lines he drew were more consistant.
So maybe there is sens in this book, but I fail to see it.