Nick Hornby

The Omnibus - Fever Pitch; High Fidelity; About A Boy

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This huge book contanins three Hornby's works: “Fever pitch”, “High fidelity” and “About a boy”.

Reading “Fever pitch” allows you to discover a meaning of football in a different way from italian one. Hornby is an Arsenal fan and lets us know h

Reading “Fever pitch” allows you to discover a meaning of football in a different way from italian one. Hornby is an Arsenal fan and lets us know his life through this sport as a weekly watcher for 20 years of his life, with all the discomforts related to the journeys, the cold and the huge amount of people put together to see a match. Hornby writes also about his teenagehood, England, some awful match like Liverpool-Juventus in 1985 and the Heysel madness, with a chapter for every single match described, even if sometimes football is only a side-away matter. It was a difficult reading because of the very small chapters but also funny in some parts and terrifying when Hornby wrote about hoolingans.

“High fidelity” is a book about music and love, love for music and a lost fidelity in love. The main character, Rob, the owner a music-shop Championship Vinyl
and ex-dj, shows us the tof-five of his life, from girlfriend breakups, to his favourite films or albums for every category you can imagine. His rigid way of life is a serious obstacle for beeing life; in fact he splits with his girlfriend Laura at the beginning of the story and has very blue time. After a lot of music chat with his employees Dick and Barry, a fast love with an american singers, Rob finds a new way to think of life and begins with Laura again.
Hornby shows us a lot of music in this novel, from '70 dance music to unknown or vey vell known rock bands, all of this music filtered by the maniacal point of view of the main character of the novel.

“About a boy” presents two point of view for the same events: the novel is in third person but shows us the beginning of a friendship between Marcus, a 12-year-old naive, introverted and bullied boy and Will, a 36-year-old bachelor. Marcus lifes with his hippy and vegetarian mother, while Will spends his life in unit of time, doing nothing all day long. One of Will's play lets the two of them in contact and creates new worlds for every person related to them, Marcus school friends or Will girlfriends, letting both of them growing in someway. Marcus understands that “two is not enough”, “the couple is not the answer” and is looking for a large number sort of family, while Will finds out that he is wasting his life having no real link with other persons. The both of them will find what they are looking for.
A novel that shows us english society, with a lot a mother-son families, bullism at school and the importance to be linked to someone. ...Continua


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