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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
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Aug 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: humor
Read in September, 2010

I had a really interesting time with this book. It's an incredible character study. The main character is so pathetically self-absorbed, though, that I just found myself alternating between being very annoyed and very entertained. The story is real tragic-comedy, and there is some real transformation by the end. It's just a hint of his transformation into a spiritual person, but it's clear that he's broken through his thick narcissistic hide just enough to see someone else's light. And that's a gloriously sublime moment. The metaphor of the "compilation tape" is brilliant. Deepok Chopra said that being spiritual is when you have self awareness AND awareness of others. One can't be compassionate or empathetic without this awareness of other - and the character of Rob is transformed into a spiritual person, by this definition.

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