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Unputdownable

adjective Describes (typically) a novel; compounding Compound of "put" and down" with a prefix un- (native) and an adjectival suffix -able from latin; derivation Affixation of prefix "un-" and suffix "-able" to putdown
Riveting; of a book, you cannot stop reading it.
 
Unputdownable is a word that evokes words like "unbelievable" and others with similar derivational structures. Pretty informal and perhaps that is why it is used as a word to review the book. That way this recommendation sounds like a friend is making it (you would trust them more than someone/source that you do not know). Associated with literary works.
Etymology : "[Spoken Word was] coined by the American novelist Raymond Chandler on January 5th, 1947." (OED) Put: From OE pȳtan (OED) Down: "From 1647 meaning 'Directed downwards; descending'" (OED)
Source : "'[An] unputdownable page-turner...'" Printed on cover of Turn of Mind (novel) originally said by Vanity Fair magazine. The book was published in 2011.
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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