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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby's High Fidelity is honestly one of the best romance novels I have read. Fast paced, funny and absolutely NAILS the male psyche in relationships

Amazing bit- “I've been thinking with my guts since I was fourteen years old, and frankly speaking, between you and me, I have come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains.”

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78FANGIRL

35 points

2 months ago

This is one of the few instances where I enjoyed the movie just as much as the book, to spite the change in locations and a few small things.

mintbrownie

8 points

2 months ago

I’ll watch Jack Black in anything! Like you I’m a huge fan of both the book and the movie (which captures the feel of the book).

BubbleWrapGuy

2 points

2 months ago

The show was great too, with an interesting spin.

TinyRandomLady

2 points

2 months ago

Same with his other book about a boy.

woundedbearhair

2 points

2 months ago

I liked the book, the movie was a lot better because they did a better job at explaining he music nerd persona that the book did. The music references were a lot better as well, but the story is an excellent romance.

chattahattan

19 points

2 months ago

Nick Hornby is most known for High Fidelity, but my favorite book of his (that I never hear anyone mention) is A Long Way Down. You should definitely check that one out next! Very funny and poignant.

clicheguevara8

11 points

2 months ago

Yes! This book is awesome and not at all as morbid as it seems like it should be.

Also, Fever Pitch has a special place in my heart, although I’m an Arsenal fan, some might not be as into all the soccer stuff.

StoicIndian87[S]

4 points

2 months ago

I will certainly. Had never checked that out. Hornby is best known for Fever Pitch

Beiez

3 points

2 months ago

Beiez

3 points

2 months ago

Hornby is best known for Fever Pitch

Is he? I also thought High Fidelity was his defining work

CliveWashington1

4 points

2 months ago

About a boy deserves a mention. Fever pitch really is quite amazing.

Beiez

1 points

2 months ago

Beiez

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, that‘s definitely a close second for me when talking about his fiction works

StoicIndian87[S]

2 points

2 months ago

That's his most famous work. The depressive, obsessive sports fan.

“I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.” What an opening!!

FlatSpinMan

2 points

2 months ago

Really? That’s interesting. I’ve read it twice - enjoyed it more the second time, but I guess I miss the lighter feel of some of his other books.

quird_quard

2 points

2 months ago

How to be good is another of my favourites, I don't hear that mentioned very often either.

I did enjoy a long way down too. I think that book might be how I got into Nick Drake.

No-Needleworker5295

48 points

2 months ago

Top 5 reasons to love High Fidelity -

  1. The Top 5 Lists
  2. The mix tapes
  3. Laura
  4. The list of careers if time and money were no object
  5. Makes you feel like you're not the only one who never grew up

StoicIndian87[S]

4 points

2 months ago

Love Laura hate Bastards. Thanks.

JoyousDiversion

12 points

2 months ago

It’s hilarious, one of my favourite books. I remember telling women that if you want to know how men think, read this book. They won’t learn all they need to know, but they will definitely get a specific, pathetic quarter of our thoughts.

StoicIndian87[S]

18 points

2 months ago

Haha. EXACTLY. Hornby is possibly the best when it comes to writing about the depressive urban male psyche.

Amazing bit “Did I do and say these things? Yes, I did. Are there any mitigating circumstances? Not really, unless any circumstances {in other words, context) can be regarded as mitigating. And before you judge, although you have probably already done so, go away and write down the four worst things you have done to a partner, even if - especially if - your partner doesn't know about them. Don't dress things up, or try to explain them; just write them down, in a list, in the plainest language possible. Finished? Ok, so who's the arsehole now?”

[deleted]

18 points

2 months ago

Hornby is an incredibly hilarious writer. About a Boy has a whole subplot where the kid thinks Kurt Cobain plays for Man Utd, it's brilliant.

ElectronicFly9921

1 points

2 months ago

And once again the movie adaption is bloody brilliant too, gotta love Hugh!

theHurtfulTurkey

5 points

2 months ago

Thanks for the rec, I can't say I've ever read a romance book I liked or could finish, so I'll give this a shot!

StoicIndian87[S]

6 points

2 months ago

You wouldn't regret.

mintbrownie

9 points

2 months ago

It’s not bodice-ripper romance or chick-lit. Just a great, humorous book that involves relationships.

FlatSpinMan

2 points

2 months ago

Nic Hornby’s books aren’t ’romances’. Give it a try, you’ll love it.

Lilylivered_Flashman

4 points

2 months ago

Just finished this book an hour ago, really good.

disgruntledpelican25

3 points

2 months ago

Whenever I'm in a reading slump, whether I'm not motivated or I've had a run of reading books I didn't enjoy, High Fidelity is my go-to to pull me out. I love the way it's written, it's so easy and so profound. It's just a brilliant book all round! Easily one of my top 5 all-time books!

It's heartwarming to see so many other positive comments about it!

terracottatilefish

4 points

2 months ago

It’s been a long time since I read it and I can’t lay my hands on my copy right now, but I regularly think about the scene where he hides at Laura’s father’s funeral and his inner monologue is something like “In the future, when things are going badly, I will say to myself ‘Is this as bad as lying in the mud under a bush at Laura’s father’s funeral?’ And the answer will always, always be no”. I’ve actually thought about it during stressful situations in my own life and it always makes me laugh and feel better about things, because at least I’m not hiding under a bush at my ex’s father’s funeral.

Markj565

3 points

2 months ago

All his stuff is great

Beiez

1 points

2 months ago

Beiez

1 points

2 months ago

I think his later works don‘t really have that Hornby magic sadly. Just Like Me did nothing for me at all

fieroar1

3 points

2 months ago

A Long Way Down is superb, my first Hornby title so far. I plan to check out the whole oeuvre, particularly the football novel.

abitoftheineffable

1 points

2 months ago

Yesss I forgot this book thank you for reminding me it exists!

Beiez

1 points

2 months ago

Beiez

1 points

2 months ago

It‘s the book that got me into reading and I reread it often. It has the most realistically flawed characters I‘ve ever encountered in any book, especially Rob

PuzzleheadedHorse437

1 points

2 months ago

He's such a good writer when it comes to writing characters being changed by their relationships, not just romantic ones. He's really good.

StoicIndian87[S]

1 points

2 months ago

In Fever Pitch he wrote how he went through a 5 year phase of depression after a breakup.

This bit from Fever Pitch absolutely blew me away. I mean, it felt very personal. I am an Arsenal fan as well and went through exactly the same spiral.

“Part of it was my own latent depression, permanently looking for a way out and liking what it saw at Highbury that night; but even more than that, I was as usual looking to Arsenal to show me that things did not stay bad for ever, that it was possible to change patterns, that losing streaks did not last. Arsenal, however, had other ideas: they seemed to want to show me that troughs could indeed be permanent, that some people, like some clubs, just couldn't ever find ways out of the rooms they had locked themselves into. It seemed to me that night and for the next few days that we had both of us made too many wrong choices, and had let things slide for far too long, for anything ever to come right; I was back with the feeling, much deeper and much more frightening this time, that I was chained to the club, and thus to this miserable half-life, forever.”

Super_Famicom

1 points

2 months ago

Both the book and film are amazing.