"High Fidelity" is Nick Hornby's hilarious and heart-breaking first novel bestseller. Do you know your desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups? Rob does. He keeps a list, in fact. But Laura isn't on it - even though she's just become his latest ex. He's got his life back, you see. He can just do what he wants when he wants: like ...
"High Fidelity" is Nick Hornby's hilarious and heart-breaking first novel bestseller. Do you know your desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups? Rob does. He keeps a list, in fact. But Laura isn't on it - even though she's just become his latest ex. He's got his life back, you see. He can just do what he wants when he wants: like listen to whatever music he likes, look up the girls that are on his list, and generally behave as if Laura never mattered. But Rob finds he can't move on. He's stuck in a really deep groove - and it's called Laura. Soon, he's asking himself some big questions: about love, about life - and about why we choose to share ours with the people we do. A million-copy bestseller, and adapted into a 2000 film starring John Cusack, "High Fidelity" explores the world of break-ups, make-ups and what it is to be in love. This astutely observed and wickedly funny book will be enjoyed by readers of David Nicholls and William Boyd, and by generations of readers to come. "It will give enormous pleasure at the same time as expanding in a small but worthwhile way, the range of English literature". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Leaves you believing not only in the redemptive power of music but above all the redemptive power of love. Funny and wise, sweet and true". ("Independent"). "A triumphant first novel. True to life, very funny and moving". ("Financial Times"). Nick Hornby has captivated readers and achieved great critical acclaim for his comic, well-observed novels "About a Boy", "How to be Good", "A Long Way Down" (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award), "Slam" and "Juliet, Naked". His three works of non-fiction, "31 Songs" (shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award), "Fever Pitch" (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award) and "The Complete Polysyllabic Spree" are also available from Penguin.
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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.
May 1, 2009
what really matters is what you like...
...not what you are like
The book is hilarious. If you have seen the film, you should still read the book, its brilliant. I took it on holiday with me for reading on the plane. I was sitting between a woman I didn't know and my sound asleep boyfriend, actually laughing out loud at the book. The woman on my right must have thought I was crazy.
Rob entertains you throughout the book with his top five lists - top five side one, track ones, top five most memorable break ups, top five films, his dads top five films etc. If you like films and music and tend to judge people (slightly) for their own taste in these matters, you'll definately find a little bit of yourself in this book!
It's a really light and entertaining read with just enough to think about to keep you engaged throughout. It's entertaining, not heavy literature. The references to pop culture are brilliant and you really get drawn in to the lives of the characters.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-24 British journalist Hornby has fashioned a disarming, rueful and sometimes quite funny first novel that is not quite as hip as it wishes to be. The book dramatizes the romantic struggle of Rob Fleming, owner of a vintage record store in London. After his girlfriend, Laura, leaves him for another man, he realizes that he pines not for sexual ecstasy (epitomized by a ``bonkus mirabilis'' in his past) but for the monogamy this cynic has come to think of as a crime. He takes comfort in the company of the clerks at the store, whose bantering compilations of top-five lists (e.g., top five Elvis Costello songs; top-five films) typify the novel's ingratiating saturation in pop culture. Sometimes this can pall: readers may find that Rob's ruminations about listening to the Smiths and the Lemonheadsæpop music helps him fall in love, he tells usæare more interesting than his list of five favorite episodes of Cheers. Rob takes comfort as well in the company of a touring singer, Marie La Salle, who is unpretentious and ``pretty in that nearly cross-eyed American way''æbut life becomes more complicated when he encounters Laura again. Hornby has earned his own place on the London bestseller lists, and this on-the-edge tale of musical addiction just may climb the charts here. First serial to Esquire. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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