callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

The High Pitched Slam

Nick Hornby must be a magician. I got through Fever Pitch although I hate football. I read to the end of High Fidelity while shouting ‘Grow up!’ at the characters. And I’ve just read Slam even though it seemed to be an apologia for teenage pregnancies. It was pretty obvious from the start what would happen and when it did I thought, ‘stupid boy!’ and nearly gave up. As soon as the girl’s middle class parents turned on him, though, I re-engaged with it. Sam is a sympathetic character and the book is really rather touching. I liked it a lot. I haven’t read all Nick Hornby’s books and I probably enjoyed About A Boy most. I do really like his non-fiction books: The Complete Polysyllabic Spree and 31 Songs. I sometimes think he’s so keen on being a blokeish bloke who likes football and music that he doesn’t want us to know how clever he is.
Tags: books, nick hornby
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