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Tony Hawks – A Piano in the Pyrenees | Review

Title: A Piano in the Pyrenees

Author: Tony Hawks

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 312

Rating: 4/5

This non-fiction book tells the story of what happened when a middle-aged British comedian called Tony Hawks decided to buy a house in France, almost on a whim. He also decided to take his piano over there so that he could finally learn to play the thing.

It was a fun little book, and overall I found it to be a pleasure to work my way through it. My only real complaint would be that the pacing was a little off, in that it felt as though the whole book covered a period of just a couple of months or so.

Other than that though, there were some great little insights into French culture here, as well as a few smatterings of French dialogue that were enjoyable for me as someone who’s slowly but surely trying to learn the language. There were also some great little examples of culture shock or of misunderstandings, particularly when Hawks was trying to navigate the complicated French legal landscape to purchase properties and to build swimming pools, despite being utterly useless at assembling basic flat packs.

I’ve read a couple of Hawks’ other books at this point, and tonality and sense of humour wise, it’s pretty similar to those. That means that if you enjoyed Round Ireland with a Fridge, for example, then you’re probably going to enjoy this one too. Sure, his sense of humour might not be quite right for everyone, but Hawks has always made me laugh and he did so here, too.

There were occasional borderline sexist comments in it here and there, but then I suppose that gave it a certain sense of realness. He was a single bloke surrounded by Frenchwomen, after all. But overall, yeah.

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Uninspirational – Tinder Nightmares | Review

Title: Tinder Nightmares

Author: Uninspirational

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 159

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

This book is basically just a collection of awkward stories from Tinder which are presented in the form of a series of screenshots under different categories. Because of that, it’s okay, but it also starts to get a little bit boring after a while, even though it doesn’t take long to read it.

It reminded me in a way of Bobs and Vagene by Cam C. Wolfe, which does the same thing but with thirsty comments on Instagram. Bobs and Vagene was a little better, but both are worth a read if only for the chuckle you’ll get.

At the same time though, it’s also pretty depressing and a bleak reflection of the society that we live in. If you’ve ever used Tinder or other dating apps, you won’t be surprised at how ridiculous some of the messages are.

 

 

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