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A Long Way Down av Nick Hornby
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A Long Way Down (urspr publ 2005; utgåvan 2006)

av Nick Hornby

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8,694191987 (3.46)216
Taket på Toppers House i London är populärt att begå självmord från. Här möts fyra främlingar med samma ärende: Martin Sharp som har haft allt, men förlorat det, Maureen som inte längre orkar med sitt handikappade barn, Jess som är galen av hjärtesorg och ensamhet samt pizzabudet JJ. De fyra börjar prata med varandra.… (mer)
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Titel:A Long Way Down
Författare:Nick Hornby
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (2006), Paperback, 272 pages
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Taggar:Fiction

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3.5 stars. Moments of hilarity, moments of thoughtfulness. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
I laughed out loud reading this book. It is about 4 people who meet on the night they are each going to commit suicide. I know it doesnt sound funny but it was honest and funny and a great read. It does have a lot of bad language in it but they are in England and somehow the F word doesnt sound as bad if you imagine it with an english accent. Go figure. ( )
  MsTera | Oct 10, 2023 |
The lives of people who meet on a rooftop and decide to each wait a year before they will return to jump off. What a concept, what a story. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 13, 2023 |
I started this hoping for some light reading. I quite enjoyed the author's 'About a Boy' although there was more bad language than I was comfortable with.

But the book opens with four unlikeable people, all thinking about ending their lives, in a cold-blooded way. This is not my idea of a setting for comedy. I looked at a few reviews, and saw that readers are divided between finding this hilarious, or rather sordid. I suspect my opinion would be with the latter group, so decided to abandon it. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jul 24, 2023 |
If I was rating this book on how much I enjoyed it alone, it would be 1 star. But I gave Hornby partial credit for a modicum of originality and wit. Mostly for the wit.
Maureen, Martin, JJ, and Jess meet at the top of a tower, each with the intent to jump off it and end their own life. The book is narrated from all four perspectives and follows the four as they each make a different choice.

I guess this book would be classified as black humor, but frankly while it was dark, the characters were so unsympathetic by and large that you really didn't care. And while there were some witty moments, there weren't enough to save the book. Not even close.
My first criticism is that I seriously felt at the end of the book that two of the four characters really should have jumped. That's how unlikable and unsympathetic they were. One of them, Jess, was also grating and annoying.

In addition, all four voices were extremely similar. If you are going to write in the first person from four perspectives, the voices can't all sound like the authors voice.
Finally, it was just a boring book. To be at all worthwhile or engaging, you really would have to care about the characters on some level, but there's almost no opportunity. Maureen is the most sympathetic, but I never really felt her pain. I never felt any of their pain. They were all presumably conflicted, but they all just came across as incredibly self involved.

After 100 pages, I really didn't want to finish this one, but I forced myself. And it didn't improve one bit. In fact, there was one scene, an "intervention" of sorts, and that was really when the book should have been just tossed to the side. Just totally not my thing. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
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...Hornby doesn't confuse the simplicity of this thought with the impossibility of sometimes living it. For all his light touches, he is never superficial enough to suggest that these lives that have fallen apart, in four of the millions of ways lives may do so, can easily be patched up and renewed. Whatever limited consolations the book's survivors find in each other, Hornby resists melodramatic resolutions or glorious moments of redemption, and he doesn't smuggle away or refute all the reasons his characters took with them to the rooftop where they met, the ones that urged them toward the edge rather than down to the ground the slow way, back into the world.
tillagd av lorax | ändraNew York Times, Chris Heath (Jun 12, 2005)
 
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That’s the thing with the young these days, isn’t it? They watch too many happy endings. Everything has to be wrapped up, with a smile and a tear and a wave. Everyone has learned, found love, seen the error of their ways, discovered the joys of monogamy, or fatherhood, or filial duty, or life itself. In my day, people got shot at the end of films, after learning only that life is hollow, dismal, brutish, and short.
I once asked dad what he'd be doing if he wasn't working in politics and he said he'd be working in politics and what he meant, I think, is that wherever he was in the world, whatever job he was doing, he'd still find a way back, in the way that cats are supposed to be able to find a way back home when they move house. He'd be on the local council or he'd give out pamphlets or something. Anything that was a part of that world, he'd do.
We all spend so much time not saying what we want because we know we can't have it. And because it sounds ungracious or ungrateful or disloyal or childish or banal … Go on, say what you want. Maybe not out loud if it's going to get you into trouble. “I wish I'd never married him.” “I wish she was still alive.” “I wish I'd never had kids with her.” “I wish I had a whole shitload of money.” “I wish all the Albanians would go back to fucking Albania.” Whatever it is, say it to yourself. The truth shall set you free. Either that or it'll get you a punch on the nose.
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