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High Fidelity is the story of Rob, a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend Laura has just left him for Ian from the flat upstairs. Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? This narrowly misses his list of all-time top five most memorable split-ups. Rob seeks refuge in the company of Barry and Dick, the offbeat clerks at his store. They speak the masculine language of lists, endlessly reviewing 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 called Marie (a post-Partridge Family, pre-L.A. Law Susan Dey), who once sold a song to Nanci Griffith. Her 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 (as awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and jobs and barbecues and k.d. lang CDs that this implies, might not be so bad.

Review:

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

Review:

"[I]t's [Hornby's] literate, painfully honest riffs on romantic humiliation and heartbreak that make the book so special. A rare, touching glimpse of the masculine view of affairs of the heart." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

Review:

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

Review:

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

Review:

"High Fidelity is about love, and about the ways in which music (and film, books, and art) affect our experiences of real-life love....Although [it] is a trip through territory that in real life is mundane, depressing, and trite...the novel is anything but." Molly Gould, San Francisco Review of Books

Review:

"[A] disarming, rueful and sometimes quite funny first novel..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Made me laugh out loud more than any book I can remember. Hornby writes like Martin Amis with a heart or Roddy Doyle with an unfeasibly large record collection." Tony Parsons, Daily Telegraph (London)

Review:

"Told in an engaging first-person voice that blends sarcasm with self-deprecating humor, High Fidelity presents a painfully funny take on love, music, and growing up....[S]tunningly assured..." Library Journal

Review:

"Reading this book is like reading an owner's manual for men....It's a quick, snicker-out-loud-then-nod-knowingly read. Then leave it around so your boyfriend picks it up. Tell him it's about music." Bust Magazine

Synopsis:

A pop music junkie, deserted by his girlfriend, fulfills his lifelong dream of dating a singer with a recording contract. It doesn't help.

Synopsis:

Now a major motion picture from Touchstone Pictures.

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 CDs that this implies, might not be so bad.

About the Author

Nick Hornby is the author of the bestselling novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, as well as the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. In 1999, he was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award. He lives in north London.

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tyleralmeida32, November 24, 2009 (view all comments by tyleralmeida32)
This was a very emoitonally exhilarating book. I could relate on the level of which this book portrays. When I read this it was not only emotionally revealing but also spiritual revealing into the depths of relationships. I would most certainly recomend this book to others
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iminthisforfreebooks, October 10, 2008 (view all comments by iminthisforfreebooks)
this was an excellent book. i'm not an avid reader and i had to read this for high school. i highly recommend it. trust me if i think this is a good book. its a good book.
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heathersina, November 2, 2007 (view all comments by heathersina)
What a great book! All about the roller coaster of a break up, along with great music references thrown in. All done with a touch of humor and reality.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573225519
Author:
Hornby, Nick
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Young men -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Popular music fans.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.16x.72 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573225519 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory and music."
"Review" by , "[I]t's [Hornby's] literate, painfully honest riffs on romantic humiliation and heartbreak that make the book so special. A rare, touching glimpse of the masculine view of affairs of the heart."
"Review" by , "Mr. Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision...that you'll find yourself nodding and smiling....High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve than anything you can recall."
"Review" by , "Hornby's seamless prose and offhand humor make for one hilarious set piece after another, as suffering, self-centered Rob ruminates on women, and Abbey Road. But then he's forced to consider loneliness, fitting-in, death, and failure — and that is what lingers."
"Review" by , "High Fidelity is about love, and about the ways in which music (and film, books, and art) affect our experiences of real-life love....Although [it] is a trip through territory that in real life is mundane, depressing, and trite...the novel is anything but."
"Review" by , "[A] disarming, rueful and sometimes quite funny first novel..."
"Review" by , "Made me laugh out loud more than any book I can remember. Hornby writes like Martin Amis with a heart or Roddy Doyle with an unfeasibly large record collection."
"Review" by , "Told in an engaging first-person voice that blends sarcasm with self-deprecating humor, High Fidelity presents a painfully funny take on love, music, and growing up....[S]tunningly assured..."
"Review" by , "Reading this book is like reading an owner's manual for men....It's a quick, snicker-out-loud-then-nod-knowingly read. Then leave it around so your boyfriend picks it up. Tell him it's about music."
"Synopsis" by , A pop music junkie, deserted by his girlfriend, fulfills his lifelong dream of dating a singer with a recording contract. It doesn't help.
"Synopsis" by , Now a major motion picture from Touchstone Pictures.

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 CDs that this implies, might not be so bad.

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