A Long Way Down
"New Year's Eve at Toppers' House, North London's most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isn't quite the private act they'd each expected." "Perma-tanned Martin Sharp's a disgraced breakfast TV presenter who...more
Which is kinda the point of why he's so awful: he is intentionally trying to be life changing in every book, essay, magazine column or whatever. He thinks he can somehow find the right prose combination for some idea or mindset to click and for it to change one's life ... much like these things do to chara...more
Romanzo senza infamia nè lode.
O forse l'ascriverlo alla categoria delle letture "senzainfamianèlode" è già una consistente e minacciosa infamia.
Diciamo, allora, romanzo da me marchiato con il lugubre timbro dell'Indifferenza.
Sono metaforicamente e concretamente la stessa persona/lettrice che ero prima di cominciarne la lettura (bè, ok, lo ammetto, mi è spuntato un brufolo - forse due - nel frattempo, ma non credo di avere il diritto di accusare Nick Hornby di tale misfatto).
Esperienza che non...more
Michiko Kakutani clearly has no such affection for Hornby. Her review of A Long Way Down is savage. Her chief complaint is that the book contrives to arrive at an implausibly sappy conclusion. Which is odd, because I think the book admirably avoids easy answers...more
I have never actually laughed out loud while reading a book until I read this one. Running With Scissors was the closest I came, but Augusten Burroughs was such an unrealistic and absurd character, (which is ironic because he was based on a real person), that it seemed too ridiculous to...more
What a great concept too, four strangers meet and share a suicidal moment, and end up sharing more because of meeting each other.
Each character was hilarious in their own right, which was also gr...more
The rest was quintessential fluffy drivel, which does have its place, but not when the book is discussing suicide, the meaning of life (or the lack thereof), and other such Profound T...more
But let me explain. Apparently Johnny Depp called the characters some of the most outstanding he's ever had the pleasure of reading. And I can agree. They're all really fuc...more
- tried to make fun of me for liking books on a book fanpage
- only reads books when they're written by either Barney Stinson or basketball players
So when that guy says a certain book is good, you go for it.
This is the story of four people who want to commit suicide on New Year's Eve. Of course, this is pretty much the most popular night to rob yourself of your own life, so it's not that surprising...more
Four people meet on top of a building New Year’s Eve night planning to plummet to their death.
The characters in six words:
JJ: Depressed musician who’ll never be famous
Martin: Newscaster likes young girls; marriage over.
Maureen: Dowdy mom cares for vegetable son.
Jess: Borderline Personality who’s sister goes missing.
The NYT’s says: “At its heart, [it] isn’t really about suicide itself, anyway…it’s more about what happens when you don’t kill yourself…”
I couldn’t have said it better.
Leider wird stilistisch alle 2-3 Seiten die Geschichte aus der Perspektive ein...more
The only thing I would say, I was a bit put-off by the huge amount of swearing, b...more
That's a good thing when an entire book is composed of inner monologues. If only this book existed when I was auditioning for those dreadful high sc...more
This turned out to be one of the best books Ive read in a long time. The manner in which its written is different from anything that I have experienced before. The back and forth between characters happens so fast that it almost has the spirit and appeal of British comedies. If you dont appreciate the British sense o...more
El estilo es original, en primera persona pero desde el punto de vista de los 4 personajes, es decir, el narrador va alternando...more
Nick Hornby does it again.. he does it with the same characteristic panache and wit...but instead of this one central lovable (loser) character, he has 4 distinct voices and people who love grow to love and care for as you savor your way through this book.
Martin Sharp(disgraced British TV presenter), Jess( 18 years old, volatile and opinionated), JJ (American has-been rockstar in London) and Maureen (god fearing, single mum), meet in circumstances that can only be described as p...more
Nick Hornby seems to be a likeable guy, which may make critical examination of his work a tricky business for some__not that his alleged personality prevents some well-known critics from outright hooliganism. Sure, Hornby the journalist sounds a lot like Hornby the novelist; that's part of his charm. It is easy to imagine his early characters as stand-ins for their author. But as he expands his fictional milieu, Hornby's distinct voice seems to be a double-edged sword. Can that voice be embodied...more
Readers of his three previous novels would anticipate his pattern on precise, wry understanding of a certain kind of modestly privileged, emotionally clumsy white 30-something male; he skillfully pinpointed habits and emotional foibl...more
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