Juliet, Naked Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Hornby writes with a funny, fresh voice which skewers male and female foibles with hilarious accuracy (Guardian )
He should write for England (Observer )
Hornby is a fine writer, swift and pointed, with a lighter, more mischievous heart than he lets on, and more sympathy for the devil than he admits to (New York Magazine )
About the Author
Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of five previous novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) and Slam; three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree; and a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. He has also edited two anthologies, My Favourite Year and Speaking With the Angel. In 1999 he was awarded the E. M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2002 he won the W. H. Smith Award for Fiction. He recently wrote the screenplay for a film, An Education. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London.
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I saw myself reflecting back at from the pages and I didn't like what I saw. Mr Hornby has captured the obsessive and snobby nature of online music forums perfectly. The world of Juliet, Naked isn't sugar coated happiness it is a world of grey seas, of broken marriages, absent parents and loveless relationships.
The story bounces along at an enjoyable pace and given the journey the ending is enough to raise a smile.
A great look at hero worship and fandom and a relationship story intetwined.
Lovely story brilliantly told as always
However, I found it really good.
Nick Hornby again paints the perfect picture of the nerdy forty-something male, this time pursuing his obsessions online over a musical genius.
A few times I anticipated the next chapter only to be proven wrong. A lovely analysis of that feeling if you've wasted time in a wrong relationship.
A lovely read, Recommended.
Again in "Juliet, Naked" Hornby brings out the best of himself. He tells the story of a forgotten rock star and of the companion of one of his few remaining fans (bordering on obsession). Two distant characters, not only geographically, that thanks to the internet come into contact.
The character of the former rocker Tucker is so well built, complete with a page of Wikipedia, that you almost have the doubt that a famous musician by that name really existed in the 80s. Despite the objective absurdity of the story, due to an excess of unusual events and characters, the suspension of disbelief is total.
Yet even this novel by Hornby, as almost all of them, seems to get lost in the end. After having exceeded without scruples throughout the book, he cannot dare in closing it. Unlike other novels in which he fell into a feel-good ending, where the characters return to normal, after the madness of the story, here the author indulges in an open ending. This in itself would not be bad at all. I love open endings, the problem with this though is that Hornby did not even try to give a true indication of the direction to which, probably, the situation will evolve. Except maybe once again a foregone conclusion, as what happened during the novel doesn't matter at all. And this is again the question that comes up every time: isn't it maybe the case that the author did not know how to finish this story?
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
But whereas all of the characters in 'HF' were completely convincing - real types, rather than stereotypes - the protagnists and settings of 'JN' come across as mere representations of stock ideas,soap opera characters. 'Duncan' (Check out his geeky Christian name!) the obsessive rock fan defined further only by his sexual and social awkwardness, the heroine Annie defined by her broodiness: The unforgivably cliched North-Eastern seaside town 'Gooleness' entirely populated by blue-rinsed pensioners. and then there's Tucker Crowe,(Rubbish name) who's credibility as a character is undermined by the fact that whilst he's a convicing early 70s rocker in the style of Alex Chilton and Lowell George,in order to make the book work was somehow famous in the post-punk early 80s. (Imagine a novel wherein say, a character based on Gary Numan was set in the early 70s, and you'll see how this doesn't work) Granted, it's a short book, but none of the characters or backgrounds are delineated in enough depth to be convincing: It's a pretty mediocre novel in short, and one that wouldn't, I feel, have been rated so highly in the press if it wasn't by an estblished author. Mr Hornby's been living on his reputation for a good few novels now: This one sees him out of puff.
I feel pretty lukewarm about this book. I got bored in sections and I actively disliked the pompous, self-centered character that was Duncan. (Thankfully Hornby also seems to lose interest in him). The plot develops slowly, seems like it's going somewhere, then goes somewhere else. The net effect is somewhat underwhelming. However I really enjoyed Annie's character and Nick Hornby's witty little observations on life in a small English town. He has a great ear for dialogue too. So it was a mixed bag for me. A perfectly okay read, nothing more.
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‘Juliet, Naked’ is a return to Hornby’s roots and some of his favourite themes re-emerge here – music, obsession, male failings, the power of art, nostalgia and so...Read more