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How to be Good by [Hornby, Nick]
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In Nick Hornby's How To Be Good, Katie Carr is certainly trying to be. That's why she became a GP. That's why she cares about Third World debt and homelessness, and struggles to raise her children with a conscience. It's also why she puts up with her husband David, self-styled "Angriest Man in Holloway". But one fateful day, she finds herself in a Leeds car-park, having just slept with another man. What she doesn't yet realise is that her Fall from Grace is just the first step on a spiritual journey more torturous than the M25 at rush-hour. Because, prompted by his wife's actions, David is about to stop being Angry. He's about to become Good--not Guardian-reading, organic-food-eating good, but Good in the fashion of the Gospels. And that's no easier in modern-day Holloway than it was in ancient Israel.

Mr Hornby fires his central theme at us from the title page: how can we be good, and what does that mean? But, quite apart from demanding that his readers scrub their souls with the nearest available Brillo pad, he also mesmerises us with that cocktail of wit and compassion which has become his trademark. The result is a multi-faceted jewel of a book: a hilarious romp, a painstaking dissection of middle-class mores, and a powerfully sympathetic portrait of a marriage in its death throes. It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry as we watch David forcing his kids to give away their computers, drawing up schemes for the mass redistribution of wealth and inviting his wife's most desolate patients round for a Sunday roast. But that's because How To Be Good manages to be both brutally truthful and full of hope. It won't outsell the Bible, but it's a lot funnier. --Matthew Baylis

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Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. "The New York Times Book Review""

"Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once."--The New York Times Book Review"
A darkly funny and thought-provoking ride."--USA Today

"A bitingly clever novel of ideas...[a] profound, worrying, hilarious, sophisticated, compulsive novel."--The Sunday Times (UK)
"Daringly different."--New York Daily News

"How to be good? How to be bloody marvelous more like."--The Mail on Sunday(UK)
"Breezily hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time."--New York Magazine

"Seriousness spiked with humor...a page-turner."--The Washington Times

"A thorny parable...very funny and shrewd."--Salon.com



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1780 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1573229326
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 May 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9XME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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