Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him and he's both miserable and relieved. After all, he could have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection. Rob seeks ...
refuge in the company of Barry and Dick, the offbeat clerks at his store who endlessly review their top five films, top five Elvis Costello songs, and top five episodes of Cheers. Rob tries dating a singer called Marie. Maybe its just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. But then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think that a life as an episode of Thirty-something might not be so bad.
"...as funny, compulsive and contemporary a first novel as you could wish for" (GQ)
Pag. 15 "Sometimes I got so bored of trying to touch her breasts that I would try to touch her between her legs, it was like trying to borrow a fiver, getting turned down, and asking to borrow fifty quid instead."
First time reading in original version Nick Hornby, one of my favourite contemporary writers, and I found this novel and his tone of writing really stunning and amazing with dialogues and basic human feelings so well expressed.
Credo di essere una delle poche a cui questo libro non è piaciuto.Non ho letto niente di nuovo in realtà, drammi esistenziali di un trentenne raccontati in chiave pseudo-umoristica. In alcuni passaggi mi ha annoiato non
..."o non poco.
Rob was thirty-five years old and he liked to make all-time top five this and that. He was a music enthusiast and owned an old record shop.
Rob was ditched by Laura. Though this could not make its way into Rob's list of top five split-ups, he
..."it-ups, he found that he wanted to stay with Laura more than anyone else. He could not sort himself out so he went through his previous mates in order to know the what-does-it-all-mean stuff.
After changing job to a city firm lawyer, Laura left Rob for Ian. It was not that Ian was more charming than Rob, but that Rob always kept his options open, which was the other word for undetermined and unenthusiastic.
Laura thought splitting-up was like cutting a cord, but it was not as simple as a single cord. They had got used to each other and were not as separable as they thought. At the end they managed to made the way through, yet inevitably itchy feet sometimes aroused. I believe that would depend on the effort of both.
"sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostalgic and hopeful all at the same time."
"you need people around you, things going on, otherwise life is like some film where the money ran out, and there are no sets, or locations, or supporting actors, and it's just one bloke on his own staring into the camera with nothing to do and nobody to speak to"
"it has prevented me from sticking with a relationship, because if you stick with a relationship, and your life becomes dependent on that person's life, and then they die, as they are bound to do,... well, you're up the creek without a paddle"
I'm cross because I know I'm stuck, and I don't like it. It would be nicer, in some ways, if I wasn't so bound to her; it would be nicer if those sweet possibilities, that dreamy anticipation you have when you're fifteen or twenty or twenty-five,
... even, and you know that the most perfect person in the world might walk into your shop or office or frien'd party at any moment... it would be nicer if all that was still around somewhere, in a back pocket or a bottom drawer. But it's all gone, I think, and that's enough to make anyone cross.Continua...Nascondi
The notion that the amount of...of life I have on my plate won't be anough to fill me up alarms me. I thought we were supposed to ditch anything superfluous and get by on the rest, and that doesn't appear to be the case at all.
'I just want you to see that I'm not entirely defined by my relationship with you. I want you to see that just because we're getting sorted out, it doesn't mean that I'm getting sorted out. I've got other doubts and worries and ambitions.
... [...] There's no secret. I'm simply pointing out that what happens to us isn't the whole story. That I continue to exist even when we're not together.'Continua...Nascondi
'So you weren't interested in the music at all?''Well, yes. A bit. And more so then than I am now. That's life, though, isn't it?''But you see...That's all there is for me. There isn't anything else. If you've lost interest in that, you've lost
...ou've lost interest in everything. What's the point of us?' [...] 'That's the point of us. You have potential. I'm here to bring it out.' 'Potential as what?' 'As a human being. You have all the basic ingredients. You're really very likeable, when you put your mind to it. You make people laugh, when you can be bothered, and you're kind, and when you decide you like someone then that person feels as though she's the centre of the whole world, and that's a very sexy feeling. It's just that most of the time you can't be bothered.' 'No' is all I can think to say. 'You just...you just don't do anything. You get lost in your head, and you sit around thinking instead of getting on with something, and most of the time you think rubbish. You always seem to miss what's really happening.'Continua...Nascondi