High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

High Fidelity

From the Publisher:

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.

Hornby’s first novel, an international bestseller and instantly recognized by critics and readers alike as a classic, helps to explain men to women, and men to men. Rob is good on music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what’s decent and what isn’t. But he’s much less good on relationships. In fact, he’s not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone. So it’s hardly surprising that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.

About the Author

Nick Hornby was born in 1957 and worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. His books are FEVER PITCH (1992), HIGH FIDELITY (1995) and ABOUT A BOY (1998). In 1999 he won an E. M. Forster award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in north London.

My thoughts:

I read this on a trip from Amsterdam to Istanbul and had plenty of time to sparer, which means it was a very quick read for me.  I love Nick Hornby’s writing-his non-fiction, that is.  This is my first foray into his fiction and I liked it.  The main character is very well written, and even though I didn’t sympathize with him, and found him quite annoying at times, I still enjoyed reading this book.  Loved all the pop (and I mean the real good pop) references, and I laughed out loud several times while reading this.  The characters seemed believable enough, and it was nice reading a book from a guy’s point of view, and see how they think.  This book probably has some of my favourite quotable lines, same as all his non-fiction books I read from him.  I really do love this author-I love the way his writing flows.  Definitely going to go and pick out some of his other fiction.

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