High Fidelity

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Penguin, 1996 - Fiction - 323 pages
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Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, 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 (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. 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 (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.

  

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The writing style is witty and easy to read. - weRead
The ending was a total anti-climax. - weRead
Hilarious and awesome.An insight into the mind of men. - weRead
I like Nick Hornby this is a funny love story - weRead
There wasn't enough of a 'plot' to keep me interested. - weRead
Nice book, very funny and easy to read. - weRead

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User Review  - Annalisa - Goodreads

I almost rated this two stars because truthfully I didn't enjoy it, but I can't punish Hornby for being honest about Rob's mind and men in general. Every non-comittal, shallow, narcissistic tendency ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I've got mixed feelings about this novel. Awesome moments and annoying/displeasing moments were shared equally over the course of this story. I either really enjoyed it or completely detested it ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 24
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
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About the author (1996)

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels How to Be Good, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down, as well as the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. The recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award for 1999 as well as the 2003 Orange Word International Writers' London Award, he lives in North London.

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