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- Listening Length: 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Jun. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ40BE
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Top Customer Reviews
A woman comes home from work one day to find out that her son is the star of a pornographic film. The resulting story is beautifully told from her point of view, how she feels, how it turns her suburban world upside down and the repercussions for the family, in particular herself.
This is clever, laugh out loud funny, poignant and heartbreaking all at once. For a ten minute read you can't get much better than that.
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This book is one volume from the Gemma Open Door series, "an innovative program of original works by some of our most beloved modern writers and important new voices." The Open Door books are written for adults learning to read. Unlike some materials prepared for adult literacy programs, the Open Door series (if NOT A STAR can be considered representative) does not rely on restricted vocabulary and simplified sentence structure to create a text new readers can read without discouragement. Horby gives the reader an engaging, thought-provoking narrative, believable characters, authentic dialogue, and exposes the reader to inventive word plays. He makes his prose sparkle. He does not "write down" to the reader or oversimplify in any way. He does what every reading teacher should do: he shows the student that reading can be fun and can make you think about things you might not necessarily think about on your own. As the Open Door series editors assert, "[this book affirms] the truth that a story doesn't have to be big to open the world." I guess that's one reason why people who've been reading "all their life" can enjoy NOT A STAR as well.
Hornby always sounds like, well, Hornby, and that's a great thing. The story here doesn't really add up to much - it's a few well-drawn scenes, and before you know it, it's over.
This is a book for Hornby completists, but those who want to read his best work are advised to look elsewhere (including his latest, the wonderful Juliet, Naked).
First of all I'll say that this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. As a Hornby devotee I did no research, so caveat emptorme, boo-hoo - I didn't realise I was handing over $12 plus shipping for a short story.
Unless you're a Hornby completist, I advise you to wait for a cheap used copy. I was looking forward to nice, chunky belly-filling meal of a book, only to be fed this hors d'oeuvre...High Fidelity it aint!
It would have been more honest of Hornby and his publishers to have included this in a volume of short stories. My H. must be laughing all the way to the bank, but it's take him a long time to get there, dragging his big bags of fivers (grumble grumble, etc).