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How to Be Good

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Loved it

I loved this book! Kate and her family go through something which I highly doubt many families do go through. I loved how the characters grow on me. It's amazing and a must have!

posted by Anonymous on February 18, 2002

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Dropping The Balls

Modern life is a juggling act, so how do you keep all of the balls in the air? In 'How To Be Good' Nick Hornby examines what happens when irrascible journalist David,who writes a vituperative column, meets a guru and decides to become truly good. He decides to stop jugg...
Modern life is a juggling act, so how do you keep all of the balls in the air? In 'How To Be Good' Nick Hornby examines what happens when irrascible journalist David,who writes a vituperative column, meets a guru and decides to become truly good. He decides to stop juggling conflicting interests and adopts a naive form of goodness that prompts him to share his family's home and wealth with the needy. Katie, his wife, represents the more ordinary and complex goodness most of us recognise from our own lives. If David is unbelievably naive Katie is believably exhausted and flat. In the end I was left feeling that Hornby had successfully identified what constitutes virtue in the modern world but dropped a narative ball or two by leaving Katie so bleak at the end of the novel.

posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Unvonvincing

    As a Hornby fan, I was very disappointed in this book. His characterisations are unconvincing. I didn't even gel with the husband, never mind the Dr wife. Result, I didn't really care what happened to them. An ultra slow start - I doubt whether new Hornby readers will get beyond page 80. Nick, stick to writing about things you believe you understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    Disappointing...

    This book was definitely a let-down.The protagonist has no backbone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    DO NOT READ

    What a horrible read. I purchased this on my nook and was so utterly disappointed. I had just finished reading Jonathan Troppers "This Is Where I Leave You" which is my all time favorite book so far this year, and went online to see if I could find an author with a similar style of writing. Nick Hornby came up, and since I am familiar with the films that were based on his books (High Fidelity and An Education), I thought I'd give it a try. What interested me in the synopsis was the fact that this was written by a man, but through the eyes of a woman. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was. The week it took me to read it (with 60 hour work weeks, reading at night is supposed to be an escape for me), I kept going thinking... "this has to get better". Wow, what a disappointment. I'm almost angry I wasted my time on it (not to mention $10 for the actual download). Don't get fooled by the cover or the synopsis. This is just horrible.

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    Posted April 10, 2010

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