I loved the movie and so I read the book - it was even better than the movie! It's also exposed me to some music that I love as well. Also read Hornby's Songbook - almost a memoir; a guide to songs he loves and why.
If you haven't seen the movie, you should. If you haven't read the book, well it's better than the movie. Nick Hornby is one of the best music writers living, and High Fidelity is a fun romp through one man's head.
Enjoyable, fun read. I even ordered some netflix movies based on the movie "Top 5" list in the book. I had a hard time feeling sorry for the main character, Rob. At 35 years old it was time he grew up and acted like somebody worth loving.
Hornby intertwines humor and austerity with a finesse not all writers can achieve. Although the mood of the book stays fairly dry, he pulls in humor to keep you wanting more. If you are interested in the male perspective on relationships, I would suggest this book. I give it 4 stars.
I saw the movie first, and may not have gotten into Nick Hornby's work otherwise, but he's very, very good. It pretty much describes my generation and the type of music snobbery plus wacky relationships and post-relationship regrets we all have gone through.
Just a great, funny, interesting, thought provoking book about dead end guys working in a record store. Made into a great movie with John Cusak. You'll find yourself making up 10 ten lists like the characters.
Bitter diatribes and self-deprecating life philosophies have never been such fun. Nick Hornby has taken the ordinary life of an ordinary man and made it an extraordinary exploration of the heart (as well as an extensive perusal of the pop rock section of a small Chicago record store). Anyone who has ever felt lost in love, and had a stack of CDs at their bedside to prove it, will walk away from this book feeling lifted up and no longer alone.
One of the greatest books ever written, and I am blessed to have read it. It provides a single, mid-thirties, male perspective on life, or at least a look throgh those eyes. Refreshing. I'd keep this book if I could stop the urge to share it with the world.
One of the top ten books of the year,1995, Entertainment Weekly. Written from a guy's point of view. Rob is a pop music junkie with a semi failing record store. His girl leaves him for the guy upstairs. Who gets to be Rob's girlfriend depends on her record collection. Does he really have to sleep with a recording star or can he settle for a "thirtysomething" kind of life.
I enjoyed this book a lot even though I had already seen the movie. Nick Hornby is very talented at writing the inner workings of a person's mind. The review in Details magazine said, "Keep this book away from your girlfriend -- it contains too many of your secrets to let it fall into the wrong hands." I think, though, that plenty of women have the same kinds of thoughts about their lives and relationships as does the male narrator of this book.
irst thing to note is that the book and movie are different. But very similar. The book takes place in England, the movie in the States.
That aside, this book is hilarious and any music lover, failing relationship holder, slacker, person unknown of their own future, will laugh out loud while reading this book. Some of the funniest segments are the lists of pop songs. such as top 10 pop songs to play when breaking up.
I made the mistake of seeing the movie first, so I read the whole thing with John Cusack's voice echoing (which is not all bad) and Jack Black's stupid grin in my head. The book has more depth than the movie, though, and was generally a well-written and fun book to read.
Sorry, I could not get into this book. Although having John Cusack play Rob in the movie was an excellent choice. Maybe because I saw the movie first and then decided to read the book. Never works when I do that.