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High Fidelity (1995)

by Nick Hornby

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Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.… (more)
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Rob is thirty-five, about to turn thirty-six, and has just split up with Laura, who has moved in with the bloke who used to live upstairs. His North London record shop is failing, and so frankly is he. He revisits the five worst break-ups he has ever had, has a fling with an American musician, and then renews contact with Laura, and together they find a redemption for him.

It's actually rather sweet and funny in places. I thoroughly enjoyed rereading it, even if it made me squirm occasionally. I think even men whose emotional and professional lives have been more successful than Rob's can empathise with his (largely self-inflicted) situation, and be frustrated on his behalf at the difficulty he has in changing gear. ( )
  nwhyte | May 10, 2022 |
I met Nick Hornby and we talked about how this novel got me through postpartum depression. At the time, neither one of us knew we had autistic children. It's great what Nick has done for autistic children in England. I would love to start a school like that here in the States. ( )
1 vote AngelaLam | Feb 8, 2022 |
Leer dentro de la propia generación es un ejercicio de empatía, pero perdí el interés después de unos capítulos. También había visto la película entonces quizás eso lo empeoro. Pero amena lectura. ( )
  eduardochang | Feb 3, 2022 |
I'm conflicted. I'm not in the best place to be reading a book like this, so that's my own fault for starting it. I do like Hornby's writing as a general rule, and there were brilliant, insightful paragraphs that made me pause and think about my own sad love life.

However, I don't like to read stories where I kinda hate the protagonist. He's a jerk, and if all the guys who've broken my heart have the same mindset that Rob does, then there's just zero hope of me ever being in a relationship ever again.

Like I said, not the right time for me to have read this book. ( )
  ms_rowse | Jan 1, 2022 |
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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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Drechsler, ClaraÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.

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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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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140293469, 0141037350

 

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