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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Great Character Study

Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" gives incredible insight into the psyche of a worn out, wounded man. The protagonist, Rob, carries the reader through the novel with a mostly stream of consciousness style that allows for a raw, personal look into his character. This man ...
Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" gives incredible insight into the psyche of a worn out, wounded man. The protagonist, Rob, carries the reader through the novel with a mostly stream of consciousness style that allows for a raw, personal look into his character. This man is middle-aged, but still childish in some respects, as so many adults are. And this is what makes his character so believable, so real. The reader witnesses Rob responding to and recovering from his his girlfriend, Laura's departure. And although the tone reveals a deeply hurt man, Rob's cynical sense of humor and initial, almost immature reaction towards Laura adds a humorous dimension to the book. As his break up forces him to recall his "Top 5" most painful past failed relationships, his insecurities come into light, rooted as far back as age twelve. But his recollections of these flings and obsessions are meant as a jab at Laura, a last-ditch, desperate and immature comeback. This weak and childish attempt is at once slighlty pathetic and largely amusing. But this is what makes this book so fantastic. This is a real person we're dealing with.

On top of his break up, Rob also struggles with where his life has brought him. With his run down record store as his only claim for a career, he's easily pinned as a loser by society. But his honest and vulnerable state makes him certainly more affable (I wouldn't go so far as to say pitiable) to the reader. Through the course of the book, the reader will most likely come to establish a relation to Rob, some parallel fom his life to their own. Or perhaps, from the opposite end, a somewhat better understanding of the male psychology, thanks to superb and realistic character development.

posted by avistrat126 on May 17, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

good book

I saw the movie years ago and it's pretty similar to the book. The book was a little slow and the main character is whiny and gets sort of annoying. I finished this all the way through but was a little depressed after. Not a page turner or something I'd recommend to man...
I saw the movie years ago and it's pretty similar to the book. The book was a little slow and the main character is whiny and gets sort of annoying. I finished this all the way through but was a little depressed after. Not a page turner or something I'd recommend to many people.

posted by 3593078 on October 6, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    Mind opening

    The book High Fidelity by Nick Hornby was one of the best ive read. I have not read many! But, somehow i could relate to this protagonist, a quickly-approaching-Thirty-something record store owner. The only difference was the pain that he went through. The discription that hornby set for this guy was almost heart breaking. The guy would torcher himself by listening to slow romantic music all the time by himself, thinking about his past relationships. Yet he never learns from the past. For one of the few books i read i liked High Fidelity and would read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Overrated...

    This book was mildly diverting, and many of Hornby's insights very acute and insightful, but it doesn't add up to anything at the end of the read - just another story about another disaffected thirtynothing who can't get his life in order. If anything, get it for the humor. Hopefully, the upcoming film version will tighten the story so it doesn't meander like the book.

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