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High Fidelity (Paperback)

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    Staff Reviews


    From About a Boy to How to Be Good, I've always found
    that the mastery of Nick Hornby lies in his knack for creating
    characters with whom readers can find camaraderie. Those found in High Fidelity
    (the story surrounding the owner of a small, London-based record shop)
    are no exception. While our leading man, Rob, knows what works in the
    world of music and has no qualms asserting his firm opinions on the
    subject, he's much less certain on how to feel about his girlfriend
    Laura getting together with the neighbor from upstairs. I often find
    myself re-reading the beginning of this book when I'm in need of a good
    laugh. The story unfolds with Rob listing off his top-five most
    memorable (and equally traumatizing) breakups and the lists only get
    better from there.

    — Katie

    Description


    From the bestselling author of Funny Girl, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down, a wise and hilarious novel about love, heartbreak, and rock and roll.

    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; top five Elvis Costello songs; top five episodes of Cheers.

    Rob tries dating a singer, 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 that life with kids, marriage, barbecues, and soft rock CDs might not be so bad.

    About the Author


    Nick Hornby is the author of seven internationally bestselling novels (Funny Girl, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub. He has written screenplay adaptions of Lynn Barber's An Education, nominated for an Academy Award, Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn. He lives in London.

    Praise For…


    "As funny, compulsive and contemporary a first novel as you could wish for."GQ



    "One of the top ten books of the year."Entertainment Weekly



    "It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory and music."The New Yorker



    "Mr. Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision and wit that you'll find yourself nodding and smiling. High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation that you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve and depth than anything you can recall."The New York Times Book Review



    "Hornby's seamless prose and offhand humor make for one hilarious set piece after another, as suffering, self-centered Rob ruminates on women, sex, and Abbey Road. But then he's forced to consider loneliness, fitting-in, death, and failureand that is what lingers."Spin



    "Keep this book away from your girlfriendit contains too many of your secrets to let it fall into the wrong hands."Details

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781573225519
    ISBN-10: 1573225517
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Publication Date: August 1st, 1996
    Pages: 336
    Language: English