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High Fidelity: A Novel by Nick Hornby

High Fidelity: A Novel (original 1995; edition 2005)

by Nick Hornby

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Title:High Fidelity: A Novel
Authors:Nick Hornby
Info:Riverhead Trade (2005), Paperback, 336 pages
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Tags:fiction, relationships, fun, humor, pop, culture

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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995)

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Not my usual choice but excellent writing. Thoughtful observations about moving through life. ( )
  francesanngray | Sep 9, 2018 |
No matter how avid a reader you are, if you’ve just been dumped, the first thing you need is not a book: that would be a quart of bourbon and Ryan Adams’s album Heartbreaker. That second item, at least, is one that would meet with the approval of Rob Fleming, the feckless protagonist and narrator of Nick Hornby’s first novel, High Fidelity. In the wake of dozens of subsequent single-person-alone-in-the-city knockoffs and the passable 2000 Stephen Frears/John Cusack film, it is sometimes difficult to remember how fresh and funny and dead-on Hornby’s novel felt when it first came out in July of 1995.

One of my pet quarter-baked theories is that good literature works in one of two ways: it is either transformative, taking you out of yourself into the mind and heart and experience of someone drastically different, or it is cathartic, taking you more deeply into yourself than you thought possible. The former is probably the purer aesthetic experience, but nothing quite matches the deep and peculiar pleasure — the shock of recognition — that accompanies reading a description that vibrates perfectly with your own emotional state. 1995 was a bleary, depressive year for me, just out of my own lacerating romantic fiasco and mired in what felt like an endless Boston winter; Rob Fleming’s dyspeptic wit and stubborn, childish self-absorption felt like bracing missives from a fellow damaged romantic. After all, bourbon can only take you so far.

From AMERICAN BOOK JAM, #10, 2004, in response to the question "What is the best book to read if you've just broken up with a girlfriend/boyfriend?" ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
4 1/2 stars

"This time, something different happens, though. It’s the daydreaming that does it. I’m doing the usual
thing—imagining in tiny detail the entire course of the relationship, from first kiss, to bed, to moving in
together, to getting married (in the past I have even organized the track listing of the party tapes), to how
pretty she’ll look when she’s pregnant, to names of children—until suddenly I realize that there’s
nothing left to actually, like, happen. I’ve done it all, lived through the whole relationship in my head.
I’ve watched the film on fast-forward; I know the whole plot, the ending, all the good bit. Now I’ve got
to rewind and watch it all over again in real time, and where’s the fun in that?
And fucking … when’s it all going to fucking stop? I’m going to jump from rock to rock for the rest of
my life until there aren’t any rocks left? I’m going to run each time I get itchy feet? Because I get them
about once a quarter, along with the utilities bills. More than that, even, during British Summer Time.
I’ve been thinking with my guts since I was fourteen years old, and frankly speaking, between you and
me, I have come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains." ( )
  aljosa95 | Mar 27, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this story about love, life and how messy it all can get. It was cute but at the same time very realistic. If you've watched the movie and enjoyed it, I highly recommend reading the book. Rob Fleming has definitely become one of my favorite fictional characters. ( )
  IntrovertedBooks | Mar 26, 2018 |
Dilemma cartaceo pellicolaceo...

Hornby è sempre brillante, divertente, a tratti serio quando c'è da esserlo, ma il dilemma amletico, stavolta mi fa propendere per la pellicola cinematografica. Ha quella marcia in più che proprio non si può spiegare, forte anche della scelta di un cast azzeccatissimo e di ambienti cittadini (location statunitense a differenza del libro) davvero cult. Adesso non mi dite che non lo leggerete, però. Il viaggio vale comunque il biglietto...
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
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Happily, Hornby does not rely on pop-cultural allusion to limn his characters' inner lives, but uses it instead to create a rich, wry backdrop for them... Hornby is as fine an analyst as he is a funny man, and his book is a true original.
added by Shortride | editTime, Gina Bellafante (Oct 9, 1995)
Mr. Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision and wit that you'll find yourself nodding and smiling.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Mark Jolly (Sep 3, 1995)
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My desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups, in chronological order:
1) Alison Ashworth
2) Penny Hardwick
3) Jackie Allen
4) Charlie Nicholson
5) Sarah Kendrew.
People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands—literally thousands—of songs about broken hearts and rejection and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most.
"Wenn man sich überlegt, was beim Mann alles schiefgehen kann! Da gibt es das tut-sich-gar-nichts-Problem, das Tut-sich-zu-viel-zu-schnell-Problem, das Kläglicher-Hänger-nach-vielversprechendem-Start-Problem, das Größe-spielt-keine-Rolle-außer-bei-mir-Problem, das Es-ihr-nicht-besorgen-Problem ... und worum haben sich Frauen zu sorgen? Das bißchen Zellulitis? Willkommen im club. Ein kleines Wie-war-ich-wohl? Dito.
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Recently dumped by his wealthy girlfriend, record store owner Rob Fleming finds himself in financial trouble and sets out on a pilgrimage to ask his former girlfriends where their relationships went wrong and to learn where his life went off track.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0575400188, Paperback)

It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby's narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way--on vinyl--and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music.

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The romantic trials of the owner of a London record shop, after his girlfriend leaves him for another man.

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