High Fidelity

Hornby, Nick

Book - 1995
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
High Fidelity
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.

& 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, c1995
ISBN: 1573220167
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 11, 2014
  • LukeTheDrifter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Like the book? See the movie. Like the music? Check out the soundtrack. It's all quite good.

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.

Jul 22, 2012

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.


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