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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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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by The New Yorker,
"It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory and music."
by Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist,
"[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."
by Mark Jolly, The New York Times Book 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."
"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."
by Molly Gould, San Francisco Review of Books,
"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."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[A] disarming, rueful and sometimes quite funny first novel..."
by Tony Parsons, Daily Telegraph (London),
"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."
by Library Journal,
"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..."
by Bust Magazine,
"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."
A pop music junkie, deserted by his girlfriend, fulfills his lifelong dream of dating a singer with a recording contract. It doesn't help.
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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