Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity was successfully turned into a John Cusack movie of the same name, but even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is still worth reading as it provides a deeper level of understanding of the well-drawn protagonist. (My thoughts about the movie are here.)
Some plot points differ significantly between the novel and the movie and underscore how the novel is British and the movie is Hollywood. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that if you enjoyed the movie, you’ll probably enjoy the book even more. If you haven’t seen the movie, start with the book, then rent the movie.
High Fidelity is a stream-of-consciousness novel about Rob Fleming, who is in his mid-thirties, runs a failing record store in North London, and has quite a lot of issues when it comes to emotional maturity.
Perhaps the biggest achievement of the novel is how it draws a modern man that at least this reviewer can relate to in a huge way—the hang-ups, the emotional alienation, and especially the obsessions, really hit the mark.
High Fidelity is sometimes funny, sometimes biting, and always interesting.
Posted Sunday, 30 October, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.