High FidelityBook - 1996 | 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed.
From the bestselling author of Funny Girl, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down , a wise and hilarious novel about love, heartbreak, and rock and roll.
Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films; top five Elvis Costello songs; top five episodes of Cheers .
Rob tries dating a singer, but maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think that life with kids, marriage, barbecues, and soft rock CDs might not be so bad.
From Library Staff
Those who can, rock. Those who can’t, sell
records. And make endless top-five lists (songs
for funerals, jobs, films, you name it) with
sardonic, snobbish, music store coworkers.
A masculine take on the heartbreak novel.
From the critics
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Very dated humour. Would have been funny years ago, but this is the future and most young readers (18-30) would not know what a vinyl record or a audio tape is. Wished that John Cusack did not take the lead role in the movie, as he is American and the nuances of the English language are lost on Americans. All I could picture while reading it was f*ing John Cusack as "Rob" and it sucked.
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“Have you got any soul?” a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out; now I’ve got loads, too much, more than I can handle. I wish I could spread it a bit more evenly, I want to tell her, get a better balance, but I can’t seem to get it sorted. I can see she wouldn’t be interested in my internal stock control problems though, so I simply point to where I keep the soul I have, right by the exit, just next to the blues.
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