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4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! DON'T READ THE INTRODUCTION., 4 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Firstly let me just say that i enjoyed this book very much, as it is the sort of lit
i usually go for, as i like books about outsiders, underdogs people who are at the edge of society who don't necessarily fit in, or don't want to. But anyway this isn't a review as there are people better at it than me.
This is just a warning that JB Priestly, the person who wrote the introduction
(in my penguin paperback version at least) has decided it his his job to tell us what happens at the end of the book. I can't really imagine why anyone in their right mind would do this, but i don't think it's necessary and if you don't want to find out what happens before you've read it, leave the introduction alone untill you've finished the book.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2010 09:57:53 GMT
Ben P says:
I agree. The introduction near ruined this great book for me. A pox on that idiot JB Priestly and these stupid publishers.

Posted on 12 Jun 2011 09:11:34 BDT
Tyler Durden says:
I too was appalled that Priestly gave away the end in the foreword - it utterly destroys the tension that Hamilton builds up during the novel - don't publishers bother with editors anymore?

Posted on 4 Oct 2011 15:49:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Oct 2011 15:57:39 BDT
C. McFadden says:
Totally agree - what the hell were they thinking of allowing that to happen? All the suspense was wiped out because I knew what is going to happen after reading the foreword. I wish I'd read the comments on here first. It's a good job J B Priestly didn't write an intro for the DVD of 'The Sixth Sense!'

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 13:51:28 BDT
Unfortunately it is all too common for introductions to classic fiction to give away the story, I think the writer of the introduction is probably so familiar with the work that he/she cannot imagine that others are coming to it for the first time. I always avoid reading the intro till I've read the book unless I have previously read the work anyway.

Posted on 7 Sep 2015 13:38:57 BDT
Victoria says:
Thank you for the warning! (BTW is it worth even reading the introduction at all?)

Posted on 7 Sep 2015 13:39:36 BDT
Victoria says:
Thank you for the warning! (BTW is it worth even reading the introduction at all?)
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