Friday 56 in High Fidelity

  • Friday, November 11, 2011

Ok, I like to occasional female chick lit "fluff," but is there a male equivalent?

I sort of found that in this week's book. And if last week's post was uberly feminine, here's one the polar opposite! Nick Hornby's debut novel, High Fidelity had me ambivalent but changed my mind a few chapters in. It's witty, it's funny (as in laugh-out-loud funny!), it made me cringe at times, and I must say I now have a better insight into the male mind. Oh, and I could actually relate to some of the songs - gah - this is my generation?!

Here's Amazon's quick take: It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but the very funny novel High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This funny novel is obsessed with music; Hornby's narrator is an early-thirtysomething English guy who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way--on vinyl--and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music.

Friday 56 is easy:

  • Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56. 
  • Find any sentence that grabs you. (Yes, I cheat sometimes and put a little more than a sentence!) 
  • Post it. 
  • Add your (url) post in Freda's Voice Linky.


  1. hahaha - my thoughts exactly! :)

  2. cool!!! thanks for stopping by.

  3. Okay, same thoughts as Freda. But then it would be interesting to get a better grasp of the male mind. Quite funny actually!

  4. Hi! Thanks for the visit to my blog!

    Your 'Friday 56' is Wow and Ewww all at the same time. Great snippet!

  5. Disgusting visual! :=) However, I am one baby boomer who still watches Jeopardy and I have a fabulous record collection. I might read this one and skip pg. 56! lol How did you do your opening photo. I love it!

  6. Oh, I can get a kick out of this kind of thing, too. I have three sons!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. @ sidne - i finally found you on freda's linky! :)

    @ squirrelqueen - the male mind, wired differently, but then again not! i was laughing quite a bit in this one.

    @ wutheringwillow - wowewww?

    @ ladyd - you will probably be able to relate then! i have (well, now had) a tape collection. (i realized i'm not a baby boomer bec. this was written in the mid 90s - but hey i liked the music then!) as for the photo - i used photoshop! i try to have a little fun with my 56's!

    @ laurel-rain snow - you may just get a kick out of this one then :)

  8. Interesting...I wonder how you come up with someone laughing into an armpit? Then the rest is just...eww! Yeah, I can see this one being really masculine.

    Thanks for stopping by my Friday 56!

    Erika @ One A Day Y.A.

  9. erika - now that you mention it, it's quite a weird position :)


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