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High Fidelity: A Novel / Edition 1
     

High Fidelity: A Novel / Edition 1

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by Nick Hornby
 

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ISBN-10: 1594481784

ISBN-13: 2901594481788

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

In this funny, contemporary first novel, a young pop music junkie finds that his myriad diversions after the breakup with his longtime girlfriend are not as entertaining as he thought they would be.

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In this funny, contemporary first novel, a young pop music junkie finds that his myriad diversions after the breakup with his longtime girlfriend are not as entertaining as he thought they would be.

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ISBN-13:
2901594481788
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336

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High Fidelity 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
avistrat126 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was kind of hard to get into. There were points that were funny, but mostly I just kept waiting for the good part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been a fan of the movie adaptation of the same name for quite a while (and I would highly recommend the film along with the book), so when I found a free copy of the novel I was intrigued enough to give it a try. I found that the novel is just as humorous and appealing as the movie, and is filled with witty and insightful observations about relationships from the male perspective.Hornby is clearly a highly gifted writer, but the real strength of "High Fidelity" lies in what he is saying, not how he is saying it. The book takes a unique approach to storytelling, basically arranging the narrative with the use of a list of the main character's five most hurtful breakups. Though this would be a little repetitive and dry if the entire book were organized like that, thankfully Hornby moves away from that device before it goes stale. Another reason that this book was a joy to read was that the characters felt real. The main character was not all that nice, and in fact could be downright spiteful at times, but instead of hating him, I found myself drawn more into the story because of his flaws. Readers looking for some kind of adventure or meaningful story should probably find something else to read, but the plot is highly entertaining regardless.This book manages to excel in a genre mostly dominated by female authors/characters, and will provide readers with plenty of laughs.Highly recommended
Icy-chill More than 1 year ago
In, High Fidelity, we the readers get to live the life of Rob, a record store owner who lives in shame and denial over the many failed relationships of his past. Right from the first page he begins to list his 5 most memorable failed relationships, beginning from when he was eleven years old. A great part about the novel is that anyone can connect with his story since we all have had some troubles in the past. Also, he may be a middle-age man, but he can act like a child at times. He has a child-like obsession with music, and does not seem to business-like in owning his store. Throughout the novel it is easy for the reader to establish a relationship or feel sympathy for Rob. The ending of the novel is appropriate and leaves the reader feeling fulfilled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfection. Male or female it's as if someone has been following you since that first kiss on the playground recording every excruciating detail of your love life. Easily identifiable so you can't put it down.
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jffanning3 More than 1 year ago
Nick Hornby is an amazing author, we'll I think so after reading only one of his books. High Fidelity is filled with witty humor along with promiscuity that goes along with being a young male adult. I was able to very much relate to this story and the writing let's you live life through main character, Robs, eyes. Literally. The writing outside you there, as if you were rob living in the book. While confusing at times all you need to do is slow down and read carefully. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a good humor and can take foul language. Especially young men as it is very easy to relate to.
130672TR More than 1 year ago
This book starts off at a medium level pace - not too boring but not the sudden drawing of attention. This book includes a variety of expereinces dealing with relationships that every one can take something away from. There are lots of parts that will have you 'LOLing' at. If you have seen the movie please do not compare it to this, the book is way better since it allows you to create your own kind of setting since it is somewhat ambiguous. If you are afraid of this being outside your comfort zone, dont be afraid to try something new! It took one person to build the arc but a group of people to build the Titanic. Dont be afraid to venture off on your own sometimes. Read it!
ilovetoread21rp More than 1 year ago
High Fidelity is a fairly easy read. If you like books that just come out and say things rather than beat around the bush, this is a book for you. The book overall is based around relationships and gives a Man's point of view on a lot of issues. The main character Rob goes through life showing the reader how his past relatiohsips have affected his life. His current relationship in the main part of the book is a disaster. He is trying to put his relationship and life back in order. The author Nick Hornby uses much humor during the book while Rob ponders women, sex, and his diminishing life. Can he turn it around and settle down to a satisfying life before its too late? Read this humurous real world book to find out.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Nick Hornby masterfully tells a story about how a man comes to adapt with himself about his own shallowness. A must read for anyone.
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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.
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