Tuesday, 22 February 2011

High Fidelity

This is actually one of my brother's books... I have no idea how he got round to buying it in the first place, but he said he enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a try for my British Book Challenge. So here goes!

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
First published by Victor Gollancz in 1995 (This edition by Penguin Books in 2005)

Description: (from back cover)
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 has just become his latest ex. He's got his life back, you see. He can do what he wants: like listen to whatever music he likes, look up 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.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book a lot! It is written in a truly wonderful way! I haven't read any other of Nick Hornby's books, but I know I will now...!

The book starts in a very original way. It doesn't start with some scene of the character's life... Instead, it starts with a sort-of ''explosion'' from Rob (the main character) about his top five most memorable break-ups, explaining why they're regarded as his worst ones. It's also a way to stress to everyone, to Laura (and most of all, to himself) that Laura is NOT ON IT! Something like a ''Take that, Laura!''

This book is not what you might call a happy book... It's not sad. Don't think that's what I mean. It's more of a ''quest for life'' book. The main theme is Rob growing up, maturing, trying to become a better person and get out of the rut he had been in for so many years. She tries to seek closure with his ''girlfriends of the worst breakups'', so as to try and figure out where he went wrong. But does he succeed?

Well, that's for you to find out when you read the book!!

Rating: 8/10

Author: Nick Hornby is a British novelist. He studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a teacher and as a journalist. He currently lives in Highbury, in North London. His most famous books are ''High Fidelity'' and ''About A Boy'', both of which have been made into films.
High Fidelity stars John Cusack as Rob, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jack Black and Joan Cusack.
About A Boy stars Hugh Grant, Toni Collete, Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult.
Here are the trailers for these two films:

Some of his other works include ''Fever Pitch'' (his first ever book, which tells the story of Hornby's relationship with football), ''How To Be Good'', ''Slam'' and ''Juliet, Naked'', his latest novel (published in 2009).

Nick Hornby on Wikipedia
Nick Hornby on Amazon.co.uk
Nick Hornby Official Page

Counts as Book #9 in my 100 Books In A Year Challenge and as Book #5 in my British Books Challenge 2011!

Bye for now!

1 comment:

  1. I love books that are coming of age stories and it sounds like this would fit in that bracket. Love the beginning. That is hilarious. Fab review.


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