"...as funny, compulsive and contemporary a first novel as you could wish for" (GQ)...Continua
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 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 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"...Continua