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Many people think High Fidelity is just a boy book. I beg to differ.
Sure it has a male perspective on relationships, the story centres around the self-absorbed self-pitying clueless Rob Fleming, but strangely enough, that doesn’t stop it being unbelievably enjoyable.
Many moons ago I was dragged to see the film of High Fidelity by a friend, before I was even aware of the novel.
Of course, I went out and bought a copy immediately after, and I was not disappointed.
The first thing to mention, is that it’s very funny. Rob is one of those characters you both love and hate at the same time. He obsesses about his past break-ups and how women have hurt him, whilst refusing to look at his own failings. The running theme of music throughout serves to give it a smooth light-hearted edge, which actually helps you engage with the characters even more.
It’s not exactly a taxing read, but sometimes a book like this is just what you need. It is something to read time and again, and still laugh out loud every time.
Original Book Girl