High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Book:High Fidelity
Author:Nick Hornby
Genre: Humor/coming of age
Publishing Date:2008
Publisher:Penguin / Popular PenguinsEdition:exported
Number of Pages:264
Price: Rs.169/- (Flipkart)


"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands- literally thousands- of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don’t know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they’ve been listening to the sad songs longer than they’ve been living the unhappy lives."


Nick Hornby's High Fidelity is the brilliant story of one man's journey of self-discovery. When Rob - a 35-year-old record shop owner and music obsessive - is dumped by Laura, he indulges in some casual sex, a little light stalking and some extreme soul-searching in the form of contacting every ex-girlfriend who ever broke his heart. An instant classic, High Fidelity is a hilarious exploration of love, life, music and the modern male.

Hemish Speaks:

I came to know about Nick Hornby after watching the movie Hugh Grant's "About a Boy" based on his novel of the same name, which is very funny. As expected the book is laugh a loud funny, and is filled with top five lists of movies, songs and albums etc., Rob is an extremely flawed character with  many screw ups but I ended up sympathizing with him because he is venerable, honest and funny.

The book gives a pretty accurate view of what a guy goes through a break up. Recommended for those who relish British humor and are looking for a nice feel good book.

RATING: 4 on 5


  1. i really liked the excerpt! i think i'll enjoy this one. :)

  2. haha...looks nice... goes to my wishlist

  3. cool .. i so liked the quote .. so true .. ;)

    you hooked me to the book .. next time I need a longer review though ..

  4. I love this book. I love Nick Hornby . Have you read Juliette Naked? It is such fun.
    The movie adapted to the US does not do the storyline justice.
    M.C.V. Egan


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