Nick Hornby: High Fidelity

high fidelity

High Fidelity (1995) is a novel by British author Nick Hornby. It has sold over a million copies[1] and was adapted into a 2000 film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack. It also served as the basis for a 2006 Broadway musical of the same name. In 2003 the novel was listed on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

Plot summary

Rob Fleming is a London record store owner in his mid-thirties whose girlfriend, Laura, has just left him. At the record shop — named Championship Vinyl — Rob and his employees Dick and Barry spend their free moments discussing mix-tape aesthetics and constructing “top-five” lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of music.

Rob, recalling his five most memorable breakups, sets about getting in touch with the former girlfriends. Eventually, Rob’s re-examination of his failed relationships and the death of Laura’s father bring the two back together. Their relationship is cemented by the launch of a new purposefulness to Rob’s life in the revival of his disc jockey career.

Also, realizing that his fear of commitment (a result of his fear of death of those around him) and his tendency to act on emotion are responsible for his continuing desires to pursue new women, Rob makes a symbolic commitment to Laura.

4 responses

  1. vaja, un comentari de lit-love que SI m’arriba … que extrany !!!!

    en sebas

  2. Amalia: Hi all, first of all happy new year. I expect to continue our meetings during this year. I’m really enjoying it and I’m very happy to have the motivation to read in english.
    Regarding the january’s book, I’ve just started with it but I’m loving.

  3. Carles Segura | Reply

    I’m struggling to end the book on time. This week less has changed my plans. I tried to have in my computer the list of the songs an as many records as I can of this songs but, by the moment, I just have a few… See you on friday.


  4. Hello everybody!
    What a great idea Carles! I really would like to hear all that music mentioned in the book, perhaps I’ll try because it’s a good opportunity to review and catch up with pop music. If you want you can read about the soundtrack of the film that include many of the songs of the book at, only some of them with audio version.
    And I make a proposal: could you think about your own top-five list of books, or perhaps if you prefer, foods, films, restaurants, or anything to discuss about and have some fun.
    And as Ramon remembers us, Andrea asked each of us to select a quote from the book and bring it to our next meeting.

    PS. I’ve borrowed the film High Fidelity by Setphen Frears from Sant Boi Library. If you like we could see some scenes during the club.


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