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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Juliet, Naked (Nick Hornby)

Annie has put fifteen years into safe, slightly obsessive Duncan, and now she would like her money back, please. It is time to move on. But she lives in Gooleness, the North's answer to a question nobody asked. Is she really going to find real, proper, feel-it-deep-down-in-your-boots love on a damp and windy seafront? Or perhaps she should follow her heart and pursue Tucker, the reclusive American rock star, who keeps emailing her his smart advice.
But between Annie and her second chance lie a few obstacles. There is Malcolm, the world's most judgemental therapist, and Barnesy, the North's most extrovert dancer. There is what men and women will and will not do for love. And, of course, there is Tucker...
A hilarious and tender story that will surprise you in every possible way. It is Nick Hornby at his best.

Quote: "He sung along to the Chi-Lites softly, so as not to wake Jackson, and found himself thinking about the question that woman had asked him in her email: 'It isn't you really, is it?' Well, it was him, he was almost positive, but for some reason he'd started fretting about how he could prove it to her: as far as he could see, there was no good way of doing it. There was no detail in his music too trivial to have remained unnoticed by those people, so telling her who had contributed uncredited backing vocals to a couple of the songs wouldn't help. And just about every single scrap of the biographical trivia about him that floated around the internet like so much spacejunk was all untrue, as far as he could tell. Not a single one of those creeps was aware that he had five kids, by four different women, for example; but they all knew that he'd had a secret child with Julie Beatty, pretty much the only woman he'd avoided knocking up. And when would they stop banging on and on about something that happened in a toilet in Minneapolis?"

Why this book speaks to me: "Juliet, Naked" is not pornography, but rather the title of a rock album by former musician Tucker Crowe. It tells the story of a group of obsessive fans who think they know someone just because they hear what the media have to say; a girl who receives an e-mail from that same rock star and, as unbelievable as it may seem to everyone else, is given the chance to get to know him for who he really is; but most of all, it is a story about love and how far you would go for the right person... And how would you know that he is the one...?
This is a lesson to us all that you should not judge a book by its cover, that is, you should become acquainted with someone before judging them and, as far as love goes... The One could be on the other side of the world, but one day, when you least expect it, he will appear!

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