A Classic of Modern Life Aug 30, 2009
John Cusak was pitch perfect in the movie version of High Fidelity with his portrayal of the slightly manic, self-doubting, never-completely-happy record shop owner. As a bachelor well into my thirties, I could relate to Rob’s craving for love and security and his opposing fear of the safe and mundane. It’s not a novel theme, but Mr. Hornby is spot on with his often painful, sometimes hilarious dissection of the modern English male—hip in popular culture but lacking in grace and honor.
Though I liked the movie, the book is even better. Mr. Hornby’s English colloquialisms give the story an authentic ring and flair. Typically the movie went with a boffo Hollywood ending (wherein the protagonist suddenly transforms his life overnight), but author went with a less satisfying, more realistic, bittersweet ending.