Sunday, December 30, 2007
A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
I couldn't have picked this novel up at a better time of year. A Long Way Down tells the story of four strangers who meet on a rooftop on New Year's Eve under distressing circumstances. Told from the alternating point of view of each character, their back stories unfold: a confused teenager, a has-been (never was?) musician, a tv talk show host fresh out of prison, and a middle-aged mother.
The interaction between the characters is the heart of the novel. And here comes in the dialogue that Hornby is known for. (Ever wonder why High Fidelity the film is at times word for word the novel? Because the writing is genius.) For a girl who will always enjoy good British slang, the exchanges between Jess and Martin, in particular, are bloodly brilliant...Sorry Maureen!
Reccomendation: A pleaser for Hornby fans and those to yet experience his delight as well.