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Thursday, 1 August 2019

#20BooksOfSummer TinderBox by Megan Dunn #BookReview



Back again with another review! Book 11 has been ticked off although this wasn't on my original 20 Books list - there's a surprise! I recently bought a couple of books from Galley Beggar Press and TINDERBOX by Megan Dunn was one of them! And at only 150 pages long it came at the time when I was in need of a little non fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed it!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Megan Dunn was in a hole. Her attempt to write a fictional tribute to Fahrenheit 451 wasn't going well. Borders, the bookseller she worked, for was going bust. Her marriage was failing. Her prospects were narrowing. The world wasn’t quite against her – but it wasn’t exactly helping either.

Riffing on Ray Bradbury's classic novel about the end of reading, Tinderbox is one of the most interesting books in decades about literary culture and its place in the world. More than that, it's about how every one of us fits into that bigger picture – and the struggle to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.

Ironically enough for a book about failures in art, Tinderbox is a fantastic achievement; a wonderfully crafted work of non-fiction that is by turns brilliantly funny and achingly sad. … It will also help ensure that you will never ever again be rude to anyone working in retail.

In the author's words:

It is about the end of the Borders book chain, Julie Christie and me – but not necessarily in that order.

It is also about Ray Bradbury, censorship and the end of the world – but not necessarily in that order.

It is also about Jeff intellectual, Bezos freedom, and Piggle Iggle – not in order but that necessarily.
 


Published by Galley Beggar


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MY REVIEW

I really enjoyed this charming and insightful book about the author and her experience and struggle of trying to write a book about a book, while dealing with all that life was throwing at her! It was funny, heartfelt and just made me want to pick up Fahrenheit 451 and re-read it to add to the experience of noticing the little things you often forget about a book when you've not read it for so long!

It's a book about the impact a book can have a person - the experience of reading and the relationship we all share when we connect with a book or author, and the memories it can evoke from the time in our lives when we pick these books up. It also deals with her time as a bookseller - the bookshop Borders was going through very tough financial times while she worked there and some of the things she noticed about staff and customers was enlightening to say the least! Loved the potted history of Borders as well and why it was created and how the creation of A****N(!) affected sales and how we as readers still have such a deep rooted connection with bookshops.

But the main thread of the story is centred around Fahrenheit 451 - the book and film version are both analyzed as she attempts to write a tribute to it and I loved how her mind just kept wandered as she attempted to hit word counts each day. It also touches on book snobbery, reality tv and how she discovered how prophetic the original F451 was -characters without books to light up their minds become more self obsessed/narcissistic - very apt it seems for the world we live in nowadays. And any book that can include Iggle Piggle in gets a thumbs up from me!


★★★★











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