[Reading] ➶ High Fidelity ➽ Nick Hornby – Writerscompany.co.uk

High Fidelity You mean the book where a pompous sack of sexist shit gets to not only take a dump on his independent ex girlfriend, while acting pretentious based off of his extraordinary music tastes, but gets her back and somehow everything between them just isn t just fixed but somehow miraculously better I CALL BULLSHIT.The starred reviews for this are a fucking riot, celebrating Rob s manliness and telling men not to share this with their girlfriends, because heaven forbid the SECRET WILL BE OUT.w You mean the book where a pompous sack of sexist shit gets to not only take a dump on his independent ex girlfriend, while acting pretentious based off of his extraordinary music tastes, but gets her back and somehow everything between them just isn t just fixed but somehow miraculously better I CALL BULLSHIT.The starred reviews for thi Top Five Reasons to Read This Book 1 Offers multiple opportunities to fall off your chair laughing.2 Draws entirely convincing characters making stupid decisions and dealing with the repercussions.3 Reminds you of all s Nick Hornby writes about losers and makes them lovable But not this time I couldn t stand the self pitying little git, his loser wanker record store buddies, nor their ridiculous fracking lists Reading this book felt like being trapped in an elevator with the pathetic Scrubs douchebag Zachy McWhinerson, or whatever his fracking name is for an entire weekend You know the type the constant puppy need for the approval of every critter on the planet, all the time It might seem like a charmi Nick Hornby writes about losers and makes them lovable But not this time I couldn t stand the self pitying little git, his loser wanker record store buddies, nor their ridiculous fracking lists Reading this book felt like being trapped in an elevator with the pathetic Scrubs douchebag Zachy McWhinerson, or whateve High Fidelity is several things at once.It is a specimen of guylit I just invented the term yes romance and single life explained from the point of view of a man And we have so few of those It is a humorous reflection on life and its many failings.And lastly, it is the tale of a Brit singleton in his mid thirties who is unrelentingly firm in his reluctance to grow into a man.A man who is so caught up in his fantasies of the ultimate love one is destined to end up with, that he ignores the High Fidelity is several things at once.It is a specimen of guylit I just invented the term yes romance and single life explained from the point of view of a man And we have so few of those It is a humorous reflection on life and its Rob runs a record store in London, has two weird sidekicks, creates silly top five lists of everything and his girlfriend Laura has just finished with him Whatcould I say about him Well, Rob is thirty five selfish asshole, pompous snob and a pathetic, emotionally immature loser But I still like him And who is immature now, huh Do not worry, I will not treat you now with a tearful story about my ex, though I will tell you about a guy who, if I Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003I used to think and given the way we ended up, maybe I still do that all relationships need the kind of violent shove that a crush brings, just to get you started and to push you over the humps And then, when the energy from that shove has gone and you come to something approaching a halt, you have to look around and see what you ve got It could be something completely different, it could be somet Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003I used to think and given the way we ended up, maybe I still do that all This is the only Nick Hornby book I ve read, and it seemed like a good introduction to the genre I imagine must be called dick lit I read it on a plane to the West Coast, and it was the perfect thing started at take off, finished just before landing, this had the perfect proportions of light and engaging for 30,000 feet Ultimately, I found it sort of silly and empty and I had a hard time choosing between two and three stars, but I thought I d give it a break here, because even though it was This is the only Nick Hornby book I ve read, and it seemed like Remember all those Romantic films or even the hapless Romantic Comedies you ve seen, the infinitesimal, clich d and hopelessly repetitive plots The same guy and gal meet somewhere odd or mildly weird so that things are interesting Probably a boss and employee type of thing The Proposal Go to hell, Ryan Reynolds, you big mouthed wanker Or two people from very far places brought together by kismet or something as appallingly believable Sleepless in Seattle, You ve got Mail, Philadelphia Wa Remember all those Romantic films or even the hapless Romantic Comedies you ve seen, the infinitesimal, clich d and hopelessly repetitive plots The same guy and gal meet somewhere odd or mildly weird so that things are interesting Probably a boss and employee type of thing I realize that I give far too many books a four or five star rating So sue me.Book buying isn t, you know, a quick thing for me I browse, I choose, I read the blurbs inside, I deliberate, I read a chapter from ever book I ve chosen.In short, I only read things I m really likely to like.So, I will tell you right now, if there were a way to give High Fidelity six stars, I would.Ostensibly it s a novel about pop music and love But if that s what you re seeing, then you are reading it wrong.It I realize that I give far too many books a four or five star rating So sue me.Book buying isn t, you know, a quick thing for me I browse, I choose, I read the blurbs inside, I deliberate, I read a chapter from ever book I ve chosen.In short, I only read things I m really likely to like.So, I will tell you right now, if there were a way to give High Fidelity six stars, I would.Ostensibly it s a novel about pop music and love But if that s what you re seeing, then you are reading it wrong.It s a novel about obsession, rejection and minutia As such, Nick Hornby speaks directly to my geeky soul Even though I m not a music expert, I see a lot of myself in the main character Rob escaping in 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.


About the Author: Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Acade Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E M Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers London Award Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books A film written by Hornby, An Education shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim was the lead movie at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim Hornby lives in North London


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