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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

High Fidelity (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Nick Hornby

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Title:High Fidelity
Authors:Nick Hornby
Info:Riverhead Trade (1996), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Read in 2013, Read but unowned
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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995)

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At first, I was irritated by this book. I enjoyed the movie, like most people, but in the book you see way, way more of the protagonist's noodling and over-thinking and pointless ruminations and it just gets so tiresome. Especially if you're a woman reading this. And a woman way too late in her game to care about these kinds of ruminations. You can't help shouting at the page: get over yourself and bite the bullet, dude!

However, the novel redeemed itself in two ways:

- It's funny as all get out. It's unfortunate that I can see Jack Black in my mind every time they riff on a top-5 list in the store. I'd like to know if those scenes would "play" as well in my mind without the movie version there in advance. Regardless, and obviously, the discussions of music are integral for both the main character's growth and to provide a lot more than a thought-provoking essay on the state of being a man in the modern era.

- The girlfriend is really well written. She's a mess, but she's a thoughtful, brave, heartfelt mess. You can see why he likes her and you can see why he should be with her. She may teeter a bit on the "fantasy-woman" edge because no one is quite that put together, but this kind of woman is believable.

I doubt I'll be reading his other books. In the end, they're too "male" and I just find that boring. ( )
  khage | Aug 17, 2015 |
Nick Hornby is one of my favorite contemporary English novelist but I have now been disappointed twice. First with Juliet Naked and now with High Fidelity. I care for neither. The obsessive sex chatter in HF went no where as far as I could see. If you are interested in pop music you may appreciate the book more than I did. Hornby has four loves in no particular order, music, reading, writing and sex. His children must fit in there someplace but he doesn't seem to riff on that. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Feb 2, 2015 |
Bought on a very hot day somewhere near Bagan (Myanmar) - nice souvenir which brings back good memories. ( )
  mozzer | Sep 7, 2014 |
This book is sufficiently well known not to need a review. Either you're inclined or you're not. But I give it high marks in particular for (a) its spot-on description of music-geek culture and all its dangerous trappings (takes one to know one) and (b) its discomfort-inducing honesty at the ways guys--even those nice guys who seem so harmless--think about women. If you've seen the movie, know that this is better, and that there's a key moment in the story at which the literary character behaves in a much truer (= crueler and more self-serving) fashion than does John Cusak's version. But that's Hollywood. You can only be so honest if you're looking for a wide release. ( )
  phredfrancis | Feb 8, 2014 |
This is going to be short and sweet. DEPRESSING. ( )
  shushokan | Feb 5, 2014 |
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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.
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My desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups, in chronological order:
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2) Penny Hardwick
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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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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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