Dear Library Patrons, The mission of NYPL is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. Government support only pays for a portion of our work, so we rely on you to help - from stocking our shelves with amazing books, expanding our e-Book selection, classes, events, or even making free WiFi accessible to all. We are trying to raise $425,000 by December 31: an ambitious goal, but one that will fund incredible learning and reading in our community. Please consider donating to help keep our services free to all New Yorkers in 2015 >>

[]
[]

High Fidelity

Hornby, Nick

(Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
High Fidelity
 Add a Comment  Add Tags
Print
Baker & Taylor
Follows the love affairs and belated growing up of a "Generation X" pop music fanatic and record store owner

Blackwell North Amer
High Fidelity is the story of Rob, a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend Laura has just left him for Ian from the flat upstairs. Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? This narrowly misses his list of all-time top five most memorable split-ups.
Rob seeks refuge in the company of Barry and Dick, the offbeat clerks at his store. They speak the masculine language of lists, endlessly reviewing their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...).
Rob tries dating a singer called Marie (a post-Partridge family, pre-L.A. Law Susan Dey), who once sold a song to Nanci Griffith. Her rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract.
Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (as awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and jobs and barbecues and k.d. lang CDs that this implies, might not be so bad.

Baker
& Taylor

Praised by critics for its wit and contemporary edge, a novel by an up-and-coming English writer follows the love affairs and belated growing up a "Generation X" pop music fanatic and record store owner. First serial, Esquire.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 1573220167
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 22 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Sep 16, 2014
  • Alan Davies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Witty and often uncomfortably accurate. Never drags, a fun read.

Aug 16, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately I saw the movie (which I wasn't that enthralled with) first; when I finally read the book I couldn't get John Cusack out of my mind's eye. He's great, but wrong for the character.

The book is very sharp and funny and gets you inside the protagonist's head in a way the movie can't and I loved it... until the last couple of chapters, when I felt it fizzled out. Hence three and a half stars instead of four. But definitely worth reading. I laughed out loud many times!

Aug 12, 2012
  • Tiffanyjohnson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was one of my favorite movies when it came out, and I have seen the movie many times, but never read the book. I definitely think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I hadn't seen the movie so many times, because I totally knew everything that was going to happen. I thought the book would be a little funnier, it is definitely fresh and chock full of dry humor, but overall the protagonist comes off as the arsehole he admits that he is.

A boy-man growing up. Light, funny writing.

Nov 14, 2010
  • Bewlay rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Having spent lots of my adolescent through early adulthood in a record store this is a great book.

Nov 14, 2010
  • badass456 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

possibly my favorite book of all time

Jul 07, 2010
  • jddvfb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A quick, witty book. Definitely worth the read!

Jun 16, 2008
  • Dani rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant. One of those books that made you laugh out loud, literally. Refreshingly witty and insightful.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

NYPL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

  Loading...

Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

High Fidelity
Hornby, Nick
High Fidelity

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.


I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further


Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Recommendations

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app02 Version eventuell-fix Last updated 2014/11/26 13:11