Saturday, 29 May 2010
Nick (Marmite) Hornby
I've been over to Amazon and read the reviews of this because, to be honest I thought I was missing the point and not seeing the funny side and certainly totally lost with the cover-tag that it's 'ingenious, funny, moving' and 'vintage Hornby' - because it just didn't happen with me. In fact I didn't even really get into it properly until about 2/3rds of the way through and apart from a couple of wittily, sharply-observed conversations between the main characters (Hornby does do dialogue brilliantly) I pretty much went "Meh..." at the end.
Thankfully, the reviews tell me I'm not alone.
Don't get me wrong, I am a die-hard 'High Fidelity' fan and even though John (swoon) Cusack and the movie came first, I have read the book, like a zillion times (okay then three - but it's almost unheard of for me to pick up a book-again... and I've watched that particular movie a hundred times and bought it for people who haven't even ever mentioned a penchant for it - simply because EVERYONE should see it.. and read the book. In fact, there should be a Law) and I love it. If the book were a living, breathing thing, then I would be camped outside it's apartment right now with a portaloo, a stove and a whole load of non-perishable foodstuffs waiting for a sighting. I'd probably even throw myself at it's ridiculously perfect feet and beg it to marry me. But I also know I wouldn't be worthy and I'd expect to be turned down.
It's a shame when an author delivers such a belter of a book and High Fidelity, for me will always be Number One on my Favourites List (a lists theme runs all the way through the book too, and this is another thing I *heart* about it) and subsequent books fall short of expectations.
Maybe mine are just too Great.