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A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down
Author: Nick Hornby
"Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?" — For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve he's going to end it all...But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly American...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780140287028
ISBN-10: 0140287027
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 257
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
This was surprisingly amusing for a story of a group of potential suicides. Since Hornby is a master with dialogue, this book is an excellent choice for an audiobook. Don't select it if you are offended by profanity.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was just terrific. As a reader, i was immediately immersed in the plot and in love with all the characters. It seems like a rather dreary thing to be reading about, but its really nice how their relationships form and grow. Great read!!!
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Helpful Score: 5
Fantastic book - explores the reasons all of us have for living (or not), in a readable way. What would you do next if you had reached the point when you felt you had nothing to live for - the answers are surprising, and certainly not sappy sweet.
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Helpful Score: 4
Nick Hornby has used a unique and sometimes humorous approach to a dark subject, suicide. The four main characters, J.J., Jess, Maureen and Martin share a death wish and as the story unfolds, you will see they share so much more. It could have been a dark, somber book, but instead Nick Hornby's writing style and presentation of the story in the first person make this a great read!
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Helpful Score: 4
Eh. I wasn't crazy about this book...it was actually one of the first ones I swapped and sent back out. It's the story of 4 people who all want to kill themselves by leaping off a building and instead, they all 4 become friends (?) and change each others lives. I felt the reasons they wanted to die were kind of lame. And the youngest character REALLY got on my nerves (as she did the characters in the book also).
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Great book. It was very entertaining. It is about four complete strangers who run into eachother on a rooftop on New Years Eve. They are all there to commit suacide for very different reasons. They end up walking down together and agree to meet up and help eachother out. It may sound depressing but it really is a great funny and touching read.
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Entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking. Not my favorite my Hornby but shows his strong ability to write well through multiple voices.

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Maureen (Major Character)
Jess (Major Character)
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