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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 10, 2003

    Funny, clever, enjoyable!

    The confessions of Katie are extremely enjoyable, the character multi-dimensional, every moment is exciting and it made me explode with laughter. The only failing was the final page, because although the rest of the book prepares us for something really surprising, it leaves the reader wanting more. It should have ended with Katie's explosion, which takes place earlier

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    wry, honest humor

    Nick Hornby's books are always touching and humorous, and How to be Good is no exception. The main character "Katie" reveals her innermost thoughts in a wry, often laugh-out-loud manner. This book made me question the ideologies I take for granted, yet at the same time made me feel (a little rebelliously) content to be a "normal" member of society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Nick gets in a womans' mind...

    My first Hornby novel...As a woman, I have to say that this story and the main character, really spoke to me. I found myself memorizing passages to read to my friend, LAUGHING, thinking, and all-around enjoying the read. For all the praise however, I did feel also that the very end fell short of the rest of the book. Still worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    indulgence vs. morality

    with 'How to be good' Hornby asks his reader to look at the difference between self pleasure coupled with indulgence, and morality. At its least this novel is a humourous page turner. at its best this novel is introspective and makes you question what drives you to do the things you do. If you're only looking for humour in a novel this isn't going to thrill you as much as 'high fidelity' but if you are looking for something to question you're moral compass this novel is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    It made me think!

    I really love reading 'Nick Hornby'... He writes about things that I relate to... and this is no exception! It's not as 'in your face' as others, but reflective and thought provoking. How did he write as Katie- about all those female things he 'knows' nothing about. I also know lots of women in relationships that he describes and 'men' just like the 1st David. Men need to read this and think about it! Women need to read it and laugh/cry! I did! Just ask your divorced friends for their comments!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    departure worth it

    Fans of Nick Hornby may well be disappointed by 'How to be Good.' Dissappoinment comes if you are expecting his usual bag of laugh out loud moments. This book is deeper. One everyone can relate to. Married. Single. It's the basic humainty that Hornby draws from. Hornby proves he can write just as well from a woman's prospective, as the male psyche. Everyone can identify with the need to justify your existence. In typical Hornby fashion, the last chapter throws you.

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