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A Long Way Down

Hornby, Nick (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Long Way Down
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Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.
Authors: Hornby, Nick
Statement of Responsibility: Nick Hornby
Title: A long way down
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2005
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 21 cm.
Summary: Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.
Subject Headings: Suicidal behavior Fiction London (England) Fiction
Topical Term: Suicidal behavior
LCCN: 2004058837
ISBN: 1573223018
1573223026
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Research Call Number: JFD 06-11254
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I returned this the same day I returned my other books checked out. I informed the lady at the check out counter that it was turned in and was told that sometimes the machine doesn't register it; but they will manually check it in when they pull the books from the bin.
Please check on this as I did turn it in on 8/7/14 at apx 12:53 pm -using the machine by the front door (inside).
Thank you.
Eva

Jul 01, 2014
  • Urbano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Humane, funny and heart-warming.

Jan 14, 2014
  • johnholderness rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked both the writing and the story as well as the evolution of the characters' relationships. The book is funny, with depth. It reminded me a little of Kingsley Amis, a very good thing. I'll read more of Nick Hornby.

Apr 17, 2013
  • JCLJakeE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Smart, humorous, and relevant, sharp witted, snappy, with just the right amount of social commentary to make it worth the effort. Hornby tells the tale of four poor souls, living completely different stages of their lives, from completely different walks of life, whom end up on top of the same building, on the same night, with the same intent... to walk off the ledge. The story is what happens next, as the individuals rally around each other in search of true meaning and a reason to go on.

A film adaptation is due out in late 2013.

I enjoy Hornby's writing, but found this one too implausible.

Oct 06, 2011
  • Valmond rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book! Loved the way he portrays the characters point of view in each chapter. Nick Hornby has a way of writing that connects directly to the emotional level. You can understand and feel the things the people in this book are experiencing. It's a book about living, not about dying. Definitely five stars. Read it!

Oct 02, 2011
  • mogie rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This took me a while to get into. It is humorous and a decent read. What one expects from Nick Hornby.

Oct 17, 2010
  • murraymurmur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! Quite entertaining and humourous, but allowed for some insight into four completely different perspectives of life.

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