Saturday, June 03, 2006

A Long Way Down

Just recently finished listening to Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down.
I enjoyed it. Different than much of what I've picked up at the library recently, and, despite its subject matter (people that want to commit suicide...perhaps because of it), pretty refreshing.

3 comments:

Bee said...

Hi Angry,

I read that book I think last summer or so. Liked the topic. Very nice. The beginning was great, but the plot was rather mediocre. I had the impression that Hornby started from the first scene and then didn't really know what to do with it. You might like this site

Life Sucks

13) Kill Yourself

[...] killing yourself takes way too much fucking energy, plus you might make someone happy. [...] You can make so many stupid people miserable. Why would you want to give all of that up? If you do go, go with a bang. [...] Stand up for what you really believe in. Shoot your elected representatives. Shoot your neighbor's dog. Drive across the country shooting minorities.


Best, B. (having a bad day)

Angry said...

Oh, I'm not depressed. Rereading, maybe that could be inferred, but I simply meant hearing about people who hate their lives actually perks me up a bit...is that morbid?

My sense of the book was that Hornby had a good idea for the book which took up about a third of it. And then, he needed a way to end it. It would be easy to be cheesy, or too dramatic or such. So I wasn't as thrilled with the latter part as the first, but still thought the book quite worthwhile.

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