- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (May 2 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594481938
- ISBN-13: 978-1594481932
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“One New Year’s Eve, four people with very different reasons but a common purpose find their way to the top of a fifteen-story building in London. None of them has calculated that, on a date humans favor for acts of significance, in a place known as a local suicide-jumpers’ favorite, they might encounter company. A Long Way Down is the story of what happens next, and of what doesn’t.” —The New York Times Book Review
“It’s like The Breakfast Club rewritten by Beckett.… What makes the book work is Hornby’s refusal to give an inch to sentimentality or cheap inspirational guff.” —Time
"A dramatic, sad and thoroughly side-splitting novel." —Newsday
"Wildly enjoyable. A daring high-wire act. It's serious literature...no, it's popular entertainment...no, it's both!" —Seattle Times
"Time's stealthy tread, its unseen ability to heal some wounds while inflicting others, gives Nick Hornby's darkly comic new novel, A Long Way Down, its genuine power." —San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
NICK HORNBY is the author of the internationally bestselling novels High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, Slam, Juliet, Naked, and Funny Girl, as well as several works of nonfiction. He lives in London.See all Product description
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Luckily for me, it had been put there by mistake and was removed the next day.
This book was amazing. I would go so far to call it a modern classic. Due to its current nature, only the test of time will see if tomorrows culture will still accept this book and all its references as phenomenal.
The characters as so well developed and all end up being hilarious in their own right. The pace of the book is great and makes it hard to put down. The premise is original. Especially original is what is made of the premise. I was elated see the conclusion of the book as anything other than a crap "happily ever after" typical ending.
Here, a kind of suicide gang is formed, and ultimately this provides an excuse for some situation comedy-style conflict. Actually, this is quite a goofy book. Despite it's dark premise, it's mostly very light in tone. Nick Hornby -- whose other great books include "High Fidelity" (a masterpiece) and "About A Boy" -- can't help but see the comedy in the darkest situations.
We have JJ, whose rock 'n' roll dreams have reduced him to being a pizza deliver boy. We have Martin, former morning talk show host, who has disgraced himself (a romance with an underage girl, which destroyed his marriage and career). We have Maureen, a sad-sack, sympathetic mother who has never enjoyed her life; and we have Jess, a bratty and often obnoxious faux punk, who of course comes from a privileged family.
This is a light read, mostly, and there is enough friction between the characters to create a self-sustaining drama in which the characters come to grips with their wrecked lives. This is not a morose book at all. Ultimately, Nick Hornby's stamp is on every page; this is NOT Dostoevsky or Jean-Paul Sartre. Nick Hornby is a "middle brow" literary talent, not an academic or meta-fiction post modernist, thank god. I enjoyed this Amazon purchase and would recommend it along with another novel: "The Losers Club" by Richard Perez, which is also quite funny and similar in tone, but with a single protagonist, which makes for a quick, lively read.
If you're looking for a non-homework type literary experience, pick up a copy of "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby. It's great fun!
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