Book Review: “Do You Still Think You’re Clever?” by John Farndon

“Do You Still Think You’re Clever?” is a collection of answers to thought-provoking interview questions from Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. The topics vary greatly and everyone who picks it up is likely to find something for themselves in this read.

It is the second such book by the author, the first one being “Do You Think You’re Clever?”. Personally, I haven’t read it, but from what I know, the idea was the same. The interview questions are all independant of each other, I have skipped few while reading, just because they were of no interest to me.

I genuinely think the idea for this book is fantastic, the questions were captivating and it was great fun to try and come up with the answer yourself or with your friends. However I did question author’s answers. They weren’t very cohesive, a lot of the time he went off topic. Sometimes his responses were too detailed, it was hard to follow his thoughts if you weren’t an expert on the subject.

Amazing idea, poor execution, the writing could be improved upon. I feel like not everyone will enjoy the read but I would suggest dwelling on the questions in the book, because it is great exercise as well as fun! I will leave few of them that I found particularly fascinating down below.

That’s it for this review, I hope you guys enjoyed it. It was a different type of book genre or type I usually read, but I had fun expanding my knowledge and trying something new for a change.

Until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!

  1. “How would you poison someone without the police finding out?”
  2. “Which way is the Earth spinning?”
  3. “What makes a strong woman?”
  4. “How do you organise a successful revolution?”

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