Nick Hornby: High Fidelity



I have a problemYou see when it comes to reviewing my favorite books I m all thumbs Coherent thoughts elude me and float downstream like a toy boat escaping from a little boy s raspRob is my soul mate you see He and I are the same fucked up insecure too much in our own head for our own A Beach Party with Alexis good person I think he wouldet me Really Get me Or maybe it s just Hornby who Anak Bajang Menggiring Angin gets me Mr Hornby you make me want to wear dressesDuring my last year of high school and through all four years of college I too worked in a record store with a bunch of misfit music snobs It was the BEST JOB EVER Hands down Sitting around all day listening to the new batch of promos poking fun at the customers coming in looking for a little Ace of Base making mix tapes for that boy who worked in the skate shop who I had a crush on I neverave him any of them Shyness is nice but shyness can stop you That s Morrissey not me But I feel you fellaAnyway you can see how I m completely flubbing this review right Hornby has my number My favorite ice breaker with people I don t know well is to ask them to The House Guest Box Set (SwingersThreesome Bisexual MMF Cuckold Hotwife Menage) ) give me their top 5 insert topic here usually related to music Top 5 female singers of all time GOOh and since this review wouldn t be complete without a top 5 list of my own here is my list of the top 5 songs referenced in top 5 lists in this novel obscure enough for you1 Tired of Being Alone Alison Lets Get it On Mr Big Stuff The House That Jack Built Nick Hornby writes about losers and makes them lovable But not this time I couldn t stand the self pitying littleit his loser wanker record store buddies nor their ridiculous fracking lists Reading this book felt like being trapped in an elevator with the pathetic Scrubs douchebag Zachy McWhinerson or whatever his fracking name is for an entire weekend You know the type the cons Every once in a while a writer will strike literary old with a character whose popularity reaches iconic levels I can think of a few offhand Mary Poppins Forrest Gump Pippi Longstocking We ve all encountered these iconic characters before some are distinctly regional others manage worldwide fame even a remote tribe in the rainforest would probably recognize Audrey Hepburn in her famous uise of Holly GolightlyBut I don t know if I ve ever encountered before what I discovered here in High Fidelity a writer who created a character who went on to become a proper nounA Rob A Rob is a man who has a job but not a careerA Rob is a playful passionate man which lends him an irresistible charmA Rob is Operational Culture for the Warfighter great for a snog as he has nothing but time on his handsA Rob is terrified of commitmentA Rob is someone you shouldn t make babies withEver dated a RobI have I ve dated three They re so damned adorable and they re so damned attractive in their rugby shirts until you realize by the third date that it s the only shirt they ownI once pulled up for a date with a Rob because naturally he didn t have his own car and he was sitting on the hood of a friend s car in a rugby shirt and sweat pants his right forearm down to the elbow in a Jumbo size bag of Doritos As I stopped my car my headlights shone upon his visage and he smiled a cheesy Cheshirerin God bless him he was so happy to see me but when he licked his orange fingertips as he walked over to my car I will admit here publicly that I pressed on the accelerator and drove off The Butterfly and the Baron gently into thatood night That was Rob 1A Rob will sometimes call you for as long as 10 years after your break upA Rob will always love you after you ve left himA Rob will often entice you back for a snog at least one time after you ve officially declared you re done with him Sometimes twice depending upon the RobA Rob can break your heart with their fear of everything Including youTo all Robs everywhere this one Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, goes out to you He s a real nowhere manSitting in his nowhere landMaking all his nowhere plans for nobody Ah nostalgia This book takes place in the mid 90s Even though the protagonist is in his 30s the content really does take me back to my time in high school and college Everything was music and concerts and a lot of the music he talks about is the music everyone was into back then Also I was a huge fan of the movie when it first came out but this was my first time reading itIn some ways Rob reminds me of myself back then insecure paranoid over reactive etc I would think airl was interested in me and call the over and over thinking that was the best way to win her heart Then when it didn t work I would drown my sorrows in music until I tried calling again Now I will say that Rob definitely Taras Song goes a bit overboard in his relationships and how he approaches them are toxic But it is entertaining watching the trainwreck that is his lifeI think to enjoy this book you need to be into the writing style cynical self deprecating humor that leaves you wondering if you love all the characters or hate them I know that this will not be everyone s cup of tea ah a British book cup of tea HA I am here all night folks I have been looking at some other reviews and it seems like a lot of people despise this one I definitelyet that if this was not set during such an important time of my life and if it didn t mirror a lot of aspects of my social life at the time I probably would be too turned off by the frustrating characters and Rob s basically inappropriate approach to every situationBut nostalgia wins this time now I have to Atlas of Anatomy go back and watch the movie again High Fidelity Nick HornbyHigh Fidelity is a novel by British author Nick Hornby first published in 1995 Rob Fleming is a London record shop owner in his mid thirties whoseirlfriend Laura has just left him At his record shop called Championship Vinyl Rob and his employees Dick and Barry spend their free moments discussing mix tape aesthetics and constructing desert island top five lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of music Rob recalling his five most memorable breakups sets about Dont Let Go (Tyack Frayne, getting in touch with the formerirlfriends Eventually Rob s re examination of his failed relationships and the death of Laura s father bring the two back together Their relationship is 2019 1397 356 9786008812883 20 1995 08051399 I realize that I Under Crescent and Cross give far too many books a four or five star rating So sue meBook buying isn t you know a uick thing for me I browse I choose I read the blurbs inside I deliberate I read a chapter from ever book I ve chosenIn short I only read things I m really likely to likeSo I will tell you right now if there were a way toive High Fidelity six stars I wouldOstensibly it s a novel about pop music and love But if that s what you re seeing then you are reading it wrongIt s a novel about obsession rejection and minutia As such Nick Hornby speaks directly to my Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation geeky soul Even though I m not a music expert I see a lot of myself in the main character Rob escaping into pop defining his life through records filling his head with facts rather than feelings and trying oh so desperately trying to be a real human beingHis relati. 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 rollRob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi failing record store Hisirlfriend Laura has just left him for the uy upstairs.

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Enominator in all Rob s failures is still staring at him 2 Seventh day bed afterwardYou really don t expect me to tell youWhy notBecause what purpose would it serve I could describe every second of every time and there weren t that many of them and you d be hurt but you still wouldn t understand the first thing about anything that matteredI don t care I just want to knowWant to know whatWhat it was likeShe huffs It was like sex What else could it be likeEven this answer I find hurtful I had hoped it wouldn t be like sex at all I had hoped that it would be like something much boring or unpleasant insteadWas it like ood sex or was it like bad sexWhat s the differenceYou know the differenceI never asked you how your extracurricular activities wentYes you did I remember Have a nice time dear It was a rhetorical uestion Look we re OK now We ve just had a nice time Let s leave it at thatOK OK But the nice time we ve just had was it nicer as nice or less nice than the nice times you were having a couple of weeks agoShe doesn t say anythingRob Fleming is not the ideal man you d want to take a phone call from hang out with and best of luck if you fell in love with him But he is a real person and someone I know well I d like to think Rob is the sort of non alcoholic non druggie smart witty and immature male in his mid twenties to mid thirties keeping my options open terrified of commitment and embittered of opportunities that always seem to present themselves to other people but in reality his self obsession occurs across age and even across Egomaniac gender The chief reason to read the novel is Nick Hornby s exceedinglyood taste in records books and films and his wonderful ear for dialogue and monologue But I want to see Clara Charlie s friend who s right up my street I want to see her because I don t know where my street is I don t even know what part of town it s in which city which country so maybe she ll enable me to et my bearings And it ll be interesting too to see what street Charlie thinks I live on whether it s the Old Kent Road or Park Lane Five women who don t live on my street as far as I know but would be very welcome if they ever decided to move into my area the Holly Hunter of Broadcast News the Meg Ryan of Sleepless In Seattle a woman doctor I saw on the telly once who had lots of long frizzy hair and carved up a Tory MP in a debate about embryos although I don t know her name and I ve never been able to find a pinup of her Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story Valerie Harper in TV series Rhoda These are women who talk back women with a mind of their own women with snap and crackle and pop but they are also women who seem to need the love of a ood man I could rescue them I could redeem them They could make me laugh and I could make them laugh maybe on a The End of the Hunt good day and we could stay in and watch one of their films or TV programs or embryo debates on video and adopt disadvantaged children together and the whole family could play soccer in Central ParkThis paragraph is nearly verbatim from my dinner interview with the author It s my thesis that the majority of authors are married or have been with their current partners for over ten years I d add that a lot of authors regardless of status are simply not comfortable with being brutally honest about dating Nick Hornby is and so is High Fidelity which is honest tough funny sensitive Adapted to film in 2000 the screenplay by DV DeVincentis Steve Pink John Cusack relocated the story to Chicago but kept much of Hornby s dialogue intact Though one of my favorite comedies the romance is really between Rob John Cusack and Barry Jack Black not Rob and Laura Iben Hjejle The music and supporting cast Todd Louiso as Dick Joan Cusack as Liz Lisa Bonet as Marie LaSalle Tim Robbins as Ian Catherine Zeta Jones as Charlie Lili Taylor as Sarah and Bruce Springsteen as himself are peerless High Fidelity is several things at onceIt is a specimen ofuylit I just invented the term yes romance and single life explained from the point of view of a man And we have so few of those It is a humorous reflection on life and its many failingsAnd lastly it is the tale of a Brit singleton in his mid thirties who is unrelentingly firm in his reluctance to Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, grow into a manA man who is so caught up in his fantasies of the ultimate love one is destined to end up with that he ignores the woman who truly cares for him and conseuently ends up losing herSo the novel begins with our protagonist Rob Fleming listing the 5 major break ups of his life which either hurt him too much or ended up changing him as a person forood And he takes vicious pleasure in informing the reader that Laura the woman who just left him doesn t make the top 5 doesn t even come closeHow could you not Bikini get sucked into a book which begins on such a promising noteAn owner of a dingy vinyl record shop named Championship Vinyl Rob and his two employee cum sidekicks Dick and Barry stumble through the maze of life often than not clueless about what they are doingThey debate merits and demerits of obscure bands and music artists and areenerous in their display of disdain for the ones who love their Beatles Billy Joel Tina Turner Elton John and the usuals And these hilarious conversations centering around mundane things like tv shows movies music and women lend the plot much of its frivolity and humour Especially Barry who is described by Rob as a snob obscurantist makes you laugh uncontrollably with his habit of belittling everything his sneaky tactics of selling records of artists no one has heard of and his interactions with DickAnd so the plot meanders through the zigzagging life of Rob touches briefly upon the lives of all the women with whom he had been in love at some point of time and settles on his on and off relationship with Laura High Fidelity comes as close to portraying single life and romance as it actually is and not in the larger than life Hollywood rom comish way It talks about the things we all do in relationships how we decide how much to reveal to the other person How our feelings for a person waver time and again and how we often falter unable to decide what we want How we hurt the other person in the process How we realize how precious a relationship was only after it has ended And importantly how we are ever afraid of making that feared transformation be it from irl to woman or boy to manNick Hornby s debut novel is a charming creation it is like a music record by an artist you may not have heard of but you can relate to the music nonetheless And you can t help but want to play the record all over again Top Five Reasons to Read This Book1 Offers multiple opportunities to fall off your chair laughing2 Draws entirely convincing characters making stupid decisions and dealing with the repercussions3 Reminds you of all sorts of artists you must check out further4 Answers the what if uestions of past relationships with horrifying clarity5 Satirizes but ultimately validates top five list. Ive 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 ba.

Onships never last If he s not outright rejected then he s the one who ets full of himself and does the rejecting He s not Izmeklētājs. Būris good with people doesn t want to be ultimately can t be But he aches for them He s a loner who can t bear to be alone He pushes people away but wonders why there aren t any people aroundEvery word in High Fidelity felt familiar even with a location London and a milieu music fandom that are unfamiliar to me Somehow Hornby strikes this strange compelling balance between being incredibly witty on the surface and being incredibly depressing beneathSwap out records for comics or videogames and I am Rob If you re aeek and a male and a member of these recent lost Dirty Dealing generations of slackers and man children then you are Rob too I still don t know why I rated High Fidelity 5 stars Most of these books don t stand a chance against an early Agatha Christie or a modern cozy or a book by Dawkins but I put all of them on the same levelI moing to watch the movie first time later this day Most books that have first person view make it hell for me to Arnhem 1944 get into Not here Reading this book was like meeting an old friendI don t know what Nick Hornby hasone through to piece together this ode It feels real It s real art It s one of the best books I ve read ever I am far far from being the neurotic Rob but this bitter ending upset me in a You Get What You Give good way I recommend this By the way I too like the Beatles a lot We all have a handful of books that we feel were written specifically for us as if the author took us out for dinner and drinks lots of drinks on the author s tab and interviewed us on the important things in no particular order except the order in which I thought of these love faith art sex career family friends Then they put our thoughts and feelings in a book High Fidelity by Nick Hornby is one of those books for me the account of a young man reorganizing his disappointments and his record collection following a rough break up I m not the narrator and he s not me but often wish life could be cataloged as clearly as my musicPublished in 1995 Hornby s debut novel is the stoic immature and unapologetic first person account of Rob Fleming a thirty five year old who lives in a one bedroom flat in the North London neighborhood of Crouch End Rob owns a record shop called Championship Vinyl which specializes in punk blues soul and RB a bit of ska some indie stuff some 60s pop everything for the serious record collector His two employees and perhaps best friends the shy awkward Dick and the loud obnoxious Barry pass the work day thinking and talking in lists top five Dustin Hoffman films top five Gerry and Sylvia Anderson shows top five sweets that come in jars etcFor us readers only Rob categorizes his all time top five most memorable split ups He was 12 or 13 when Alison Ashworth ended their six hour courtship for another boy The following year he broke off a three month relationship with Penny Hardwick a niceirl who rebuffed Rob s hormonal advances and as soon as he dumped her devastated him by having sex with one of Rob s classmates He was 17 when he pried away Jackie Allen from her perfect relationship for three weeks The one he never Finding Reason got over was Charlie Nicholson a college lover of two years whose beauty and airs intimidated him until she ended things Rob found a kindred spirit at age 25 named Sarah Kendrew and stayed with her for two years out of loneliness until she met someone The decision of hisirlfriend Laura Lydon to move out doesn t make the list apparently Laura was is a lawyer although when I met her she was a different kind of lawyer from the one she is now then she worked for a legal aid firm hence I Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, guess the clubbing and the black leather motorcycle jacket Now she works for a City law firm hence Iuess the restaurants and expensive suits and the disappearance of the spiky haircut and a previously unrevealed taste for weary sarcasm not because she underwent any kind of political conversion but because she was made redundant and couldn t find any legal aid work She had to take a job that paid about forty five The Pleasure-Dome grand a year because she couldn t find one that paid under twenty she said this was all you need to know about Thatcherism and I suppose she had a point She changed when sheot the new job She was always intense but before the intensity had somewhere to 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes go she could worry about tenants rights and slum landlords and kids living in places without running water Now she s just intense about work how much she has the pressure she s under how she s doing what the partners think of her that kind of stuff And when she s not being intense about work she s being intense about why she shouldn t be intense about work or this kind of work anywayNewly single Rob throws himself into a reorganization of his record collection switching from alphabetical to autobiographical filing his one thousand album collection in the order he purchased them in Dick and Barry drag him to a club to hear an American folk singer named Marie LaSalle as lost and single in London as Rob is in his own neighborhood Rob develops a crush on Marie thatoes unreuited only so long He touches base with Liz a mutual friend of Laura s and learns that his ex has moved in with Ian their obnoxious former neighbor In her talks with Laura though Liz has learned things about Rob that places him firmly in the arsehole category I do not know what precisely Laura said but she would have revealed at least two maybe even all four of the following pieces of information1 That I slept with somebody else while she was pregnant2 That my affair contributed directly to her terminating the pregnancy3 That after the abortion I borrowed a large sum of money from her and have not yet repaid any of it4 That shortly before she left I told her I was unhappy in the relationship and I was kind of sort of maybe looking around for someone elseDid I do and say these things Yes I did Are there any mitigating circumstances Not really unless any circumstantial in other words context can be regarded as mitigating And before you judge although you have probably already done so o away and write down the worst four things you have done to your partner even if especially if your partner doesn t know about them Don t dress these things up or try to explain them just write them down in a list in the plainest language possible Finished OK so who s the arsehole nowRob s lists help him through his breakup with Laura in one way at least He endeavors to contact each of his all time top five most memorable split ups to find closure Maybe people can change Dick stuns everyone by meeting an adorable young woman named Anna Moss while Barry s musical delusions are answered when his seeking work ad is finally answered and he becomes the front man of Sonic Death Monkey n e Barrytown Distraught when he pesters Laura into admitting that she s had sex with Ian Rob ends up on the invitation list for her father s funeral Reconciliation seems likely but the common 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

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down Slam How to Be Good High Fidelity and About a Boy and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award Shakespeare Wrote for Money and The Polysyllabic Spree as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Acade