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A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
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May 15, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: culture, humor

I will admit that many years ago, I wrote a slightly favorable review of this book. However, as the years have passed, I have found that the things I liked about this book have faded compared to the strong dislike I have for how Hornby gave four character short shrift, and how convoluted and forced the story was. Trying to tell a story through four different points of view is tough enough, and though Hornby thinks in grandiose terms, fully fleshing out four people in these few of pages is almost impossible. For my money, the character with the most possibility was Maureen. But atheist Hornby doesn't know how to give real depth to people with actual religous convictions, and so he made a caricture of her. And then the ways these people who don't really like each other go on holiday together, go searching for Jess' boyfriend? It strained credulity for me in too many places. It liked it, but just barely.

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