3 de marzo de 2008

Hi Fidelity, by Nick Hornby

Some Y5's are reading this novel and some people have also watched the movie, with John Cusack. You can all post your comments here.
On the TP website you'll find some links to Nick Hornby and also the movie script. Apparently, last weekend he had a gig in Madrid, with Marah! (Check this out)

8 comentarios:

The TP Podcast dijo...

Some trivia... As you know, the narrator runs a music shop in Holloway Street, London. Well, Holloway is a women's prison!

This part is not frivolous, though... suffragettes like Pankhurst were first sent there in 1906. Suffragettes were tortured in those days, but we don't know much about that, do we?
Today there's talk about closing down Holloway because the number of suicides is so high. (Since 1997 more than 70 women prisoners have committed suicide.)

Anyway, I wonder if there was any reason why the author chose such a street!

Anónimo dijo...

Hi there! any news about the gig with Marah? I really like Hornby although Hi Fi is not my favourite (I consider "How to be Good" the best one and I also enjoyed him as editor in "Speaking with the Angel", a collection of short-stories, if you are fond of them). However, sometimes I got bored with listing but maybe this is just because lists are not my cup of tea. Enjoy your reading!
Apart from that, I have no idea why he chose such a street for the book...

Dakota dijo...

Oh, I'll get those short stories! It might be a good read for the summer!
I enjoyed the book because it's very British! Modern British, I mean! hahahah... So it helped me update my knowledge on more daily kind of words used there! :)

Anónimo dijo...

Another Modern British book is "My legendary girlfriend", Gayle's first novel, also about anyone who has ever dumped, been dumped or lived in a dump. Still in love with The One, the protagonist is desperate to know whether there can be An-Other-One. Has anyone read it? I´m a Gayle's fan, it is kind of Hornby's male confessional novel, and I also would like to recommend you his second , "Turning Thirty". Perhaps we can share our views in class... By the way, if you haven't noticed, I am your substitute teacher. Take care and lots of good reading!

Dakota dijo...

This thing about dumping people... It makes me wonder... And I wonder double with the idea of just there being one person in the world fit to be one's partner... I mean, OK we make up our minds to be monogamous. It's much more practical. But. That doesn't mean there's only one person in the whole world you could team up with, right? I mean, isn't it a bit far-fetching to think that way?

Night night

Carole dijo...

I agree with you Dakota, I mean, there are many people who could be a perfect or good match for you and it is just because of the fact that we grow up in monogamous families, we are expected to behave as our parents do. In my opinion, day by day this situation is changing and our perception of reality is different nowadays for the reason that those family roles are not the same. We can see how much the number of divorces is increasing and new couples are getting married after that so, I think it is only a matter of culture.

Dakota dijo...

Sure. (Gee, your English is great!)
Love can vanish into thin air (at least the kind of love that makes you feel VERY excited about seeing the people you love), and then, you can make mistakes, and then, people can simply evolve... and it's logical that has an impact in our relationships.
Carole, you mention perception, and that seems to be a crucial issue in life, I feel. It has a crucial role in our lifestyle, in everything we are or do, so that's why I think language is so important, because language reflects our point of view, words our perceptions (perhaps not what we actually see, but surely what we actually want to believe), and... This "being dumped" affair... I understand it's possible: it's possible that someone treats you badly and deserts you, but when people say it, I always get the feeling that they are lying. If I think about the relationships I've had which ended, I cannot say "I was dumped", I mean, not even as a joke, because it would be a lie. One thing is that there are problems, and that you decide to put an end to the relationship, or you have to (because the other person doesn't love you), and another is being dumped... I think it's not a good idea to use that expression, because the idea puts you in the position of being someone who cannot deal with life and puts the other person in a position of treating "loved ones" really badly...
I don't know whether I'm managing to make my point here! hahahah... Sorry for the clumsiness! :)

los alumnos dijo...

Como seguramente sabréis todos tenemos un nuevo blog dedicado al cine que hemos creado con una ilusión tremenda. Pero los blogs no funcionan solos, necesitan alma, y su alma es la gente que escribe en ellos. Sin vosotros, sin vuestra colaboración, morirá. No es necesario que escribáis en inglés, podéis hacerlo en español si os apetece más u os resulta más fácil, pero si optáis por intentarlo con el idioma de Shakespeare, no os preocupéis por los errores. Todos los cometemos, es así como aprendemos, nadie va juzgar como lo hacéis, somos vuestros compañeros. Lo que queremos es hacer algo que pueda unirnos, que nos permita mantener el contacto durante el verano y que nos entretenga y enseñe. Alguna gente escribe en inglés bastante bien y se puede aprender mucho de ellos, y si, además, ampliamos muestro conocimiento cinematográfico, miel sobre hojuelas. Venid, por favor, es algo nuestro, algo que nos convierte en compañeros y amigos independientemente de nuestro curso, nivel o estatus en la escuela. Por cierto, los amigos de nuestros amigos también son bienvenidos. ¡Os esperamos!

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins