Somewhere around the year 1600, plus/minus some years, Shakespeare said something great through his character Hamlet:
“To be or not to be: that is the question…”.
400 years later, Nick Hornby created Rob Fleming, who in the book “High Fidelity” stated something as wise as Hamlet:
“What came first, the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listen to music?”
Yep! A wise guy this Rob Fleming, but what’s the book about? Well, it’s about the up named person, who is in his mid-thirties, owns a record shop in Camden Town, London and who has just been dumped. Along with Rob, you will find Dick and Barry, his employees with whom he creates “top-five” lists for everything.
On the tunes of the “Monday Morning tape” which states too much happiness for Rob, with “Walking on Sunshine.” as the first single, you will smile at each paragraph.
There is also an adaptation of the book, starring John Cusack as Rob and Jack Black as Barry, which is great but I recommend you to read the book as well, so you won’t miss some of the great things the film is lacking. So here we go:
Top-five reasons to read High Fidelity (especially when you are young):
1. You like music;
2. You were at least one-time heart-broken;
3. You like easy-to-read books;
4. You enjoy English humor;
5. You prefer the word “bollocks” over “bullshit” (in this case the movie just won’t do the trick).