BOOK REVIEW: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

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This comes under category 'oldie but goldie'. Published in 1995, High Fidelity is by no means a new book, but perhaps that's exactly why it's a good one to review on a site mainly dominated by young people - although High Fidelity was a runaway success in 1995, it is possible you've never even heard of it.

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Hornby's classic follows 35-year-old Rob, who runs a poorly performing record shop and who has just been dumped by his lawyer girlfriend. Opening brilliantly with his All Time Top Five Worst Break-Ups, Rob's satirical narrative is entertaining, charming and intriguing. Although Rob provides a rather bitter, darkly comedic voice, he does so in a way that retains a certain naive hope for life and movie-style, Hollywood love, which although he knows is unattainable, wishes it was.

If you're a die-hard plot lover, this book probably isn't for you. Although it's a page turner, there are no complicated plot twists here - it's very character based. This being said, he's a great character. Refreshingly imperfect and at times immoral, Hornby's protagonist is unapologetically himself, whatever that might mean.

7/10

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which one are you reading next?

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Oooh tough one... But I think probably Room, I watched the film and loved it without even realising it was a book!

Nice review, haven't read the book but remember the movie. Where is this place by the way. Spain or Greece? Looks like Fethiye/Turkey too.

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Ahh see I've only just found out that there is a movie! Is it worth a watch? Spain (Ibiza!), here for another week 😄

I was in the middle of answering a comment from you and it disappeared? :)

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I'm very confused! I haven't touched it but if it's the one on your recent post I now can't find it either. Very bizarre.

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Strange, huh? Oh well. I'll upvote these two here :) - how's that for compromise?

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Thanks bud!

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Oh... That's odd! I haven't deleted any comments, promise!

this is one of those situations where i loved the movie more than i loved the book. i could never really get into hornby's style for some reason, even with later books, but i thought john cusack was phenomal as Rob in the movie.