Modern Masters

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby – 2/10

High Fidelity is one of those cult classics, an iconic book of the 90s – something a person with their finger on the pulse of modern culture can speak about with authority.

I found it dreary, overcooked and generally mediocre.

Hornby clearly wants to channel “the man on the street”, chronicling the life of an unsuccessful record shop owner and his past loves. And it is dull, depressing and not humorous. I found the character deeply flawed, with little to admire and sympathise with. Other characters were easier to sympathise with, but only due to the protagonist’s treatment of them.

I found the humour irritating (although well-suited to the protagonist) and the observations on life and love trite.

Not one I would recommend – unless I was asked to make a recommendation to someone as odious as the protagonist!


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