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The Happy Reader - Issue 3

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A dazzling date with the comedian AZIZ ANSARI, plus a sun-drenched odyssey through the pages of Corsican travel classic GRANITE ISLAND.


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A dazzling date with the comedian AZIZ ANSARI, plus a sun-drenched odyssey through the pages of Corsican travel classic GRANITE ISLAND.

30 review for The Happy Reader - Issue 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dioni (Bookie Mee)

    First half is the interview with Aziz Ansari the comedian. I know Aziz from watching some of his stuff on Netflix. His stand-up comedy is funny, but it doesn't come across as well in a written-up interview I think - his side was way too conversational, and there was an excess usage of "like". It's also a thin disguise to promote his new book, so there's quite a bit of talk about non-fiction. The fact he doesn't spend much time on fiction is a bit disappointing, but luckily the second half of thi First half is the interview with Aziz Ansari the comedian. I know Aziz from watching some of his stuff on Netflix. His stand-up comedy is funny, but it doesn't come across as well in a written-up interview I think - his side was way too conversational, and there was an excess usage of "like". It's also a thin disguise to promote his new book, so there's quite a bit of talk about non-fiction. The fact he doesn't spend much time on fiction is a bit disappointing, but luckily the second half of this Happy Reader revolves around a non-fiction book: Granite Island: A Portrait of Corsica by Dorothy Carrington. I went in not having read the Penguin book, thinking that I might as well catch up with my Happy Reader issues, as I don't know when or whether I'd get to the travelogue at all. But after reading, I am now convinced that I should read it one day. Sounds like a fantastic travelogue - by a woman nonetheless, pretty rare at the time I'd say (published in 1971). Corsica itself sounds fascinating as the island where Napoleon was born in. It's culturally, linguistically, and geographically close to Italy, but is a French territory.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Georgie

    Only found out about this publication recently but so glad I gave it a try! This was the first issue I could get a hold of, and I'm glad because the Aziz Ansari interview was a great start. The layout and design was absolutely beautiful, as was the accompanying imagery. Not sure the writing of the interview flowed all that well...but it wasn't unreadable, just felt a bit unnatural and choppy. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the second half, particularly as I didn't have time to read the classic b Only found out about this publication recently but so glad I gave it a try! This was the first issue I could get a hold of, and I'm glad because the Aziz Ansari interview was a great start. The layout and design was absolutely beautiful, as was the accompanying imagery. Not sure the writing of the interview flowed all that well...but it wasn't unreadable, just felt a bit unnatural and choppy. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the second half, particularly as I didn't have time to read the classic beforehand, but it was actually really well done! There was more variety than I expected and I enjoyed doing some offline article reading for once.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Howells

    The Summer edition of this new Penguin Books quarterly. This time featuring an interview with comedian Aziz Ansari about his reading habits plus a number of articles that riff off the subject of Corsica...I wish it was published more frequently to be fair...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Not a terribly interesting interview, especially in a magazine for readers - the subject matter skips around, and Ansari readily admits he's not much of a reader himself and struggles to recommend anything outside of a book on Motley Crue he read once. The second half on Corsica, though, was great. Not a terribly interesting interview, especially in a magazine for readers - the subject matter skips around, and Ansari readily admits he's not much of a reader himself and struggles to recommend anything outside of a book on Motley Crue he read once. The second half on Corsica, though, was great.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I can't say I was very impressed with this issue. I wasn't interested in the interview and the rest of the articles weren't very interesting either. I can't say I was very impressed with this issue. I wasn't interested in the interview and the rest of the articles weren't very interesting either.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Mahadeo

    3/5 out of 5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fabiƫnne

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maria Lianou

  10. 4 out of 5

    Davina

  11. 5 out of 5

    Clif

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dorcas

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Elizabeth

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  16. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Krassimir Dimitrov

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Ng

  19. 4 out of 5

    MGewald

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kitschenette

  21. 5 out of 5

    Philipp

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Telford

  23. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ward Mertens

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meg (fairy.bookmother)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Coconut

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julien

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