A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Book - 2005
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Follows four depressed people from their aborted suicide attempts on New Year's Eve through the surprising developments that occur over the following three months.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2005
ISBN: 9781573223027
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 21 cm


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VaughanPLHeather Dec 31, 2016

Hornby is so good at illustrating our life's unspeakable pain with acerbic humour. A Long Way Down is not actually about committing suicide. It is about how life can open up another chapter if we don't die. On another new year's eve, it makes me ponder how many people out there need a heart-to-heart conversation, and how we can start this conversation ...

Pippi_L Jul 28, 2016

I had seen a couple of movies based on his books but had never read anything by Hornby until my sister highly recommended him. This is the one I started with and I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue witty and smart, and overall a fun read. I can't wait to read more by this author.

Feb 01, 2016

Check out the movie with Pierce Brosnan, Toni Colette, Imogen Poots, etc.

Oct 17, 2015

I loved this book. The different personalities represented were spot on.

Jun 04, 2015

I read this because when I asked a friend what they were reading they enthused about how it was a really funny novel about 4 disillusioned misfits who meet at the top of a tower block on New Year's Eve, each planning to jump. Hmm I thought -- funny...really? Anyway, it really is, slightly subversive humour - life affirming without being soppy.

May 08, 2015

It seems weird that a novel ostensibly about suicide could be so funny and, in the end, so touching and human. I love Nick Hornby and he doesn't disappoint with this delightful read.

Apr 18, 2015

Like so many movies that I've seen of books I've read this is an average rendition of the book of the same name. The book I thoroughly enjoyed and did not think it was possible to laugh so much about suicide. Having said that the topic was also handled sensitively in the book. My disappointment with the movie was it didn't grab me or make me laugh like the book did. It was mildly amusing and missed so much of the depth and insight contained in the novel.

Aug 15, 2014

I returned this the same day I returned my other books checked out. I informed the lady at the check out counter that it was turned in and was told that sometimes the machine doesn't register it; but they will manually check it in when they pull the books from the bin.
Please check on this as I did turn it in on 8/7/14 at apx 12:53 pm -using the machine by the front door (inside).
Thank you.

Jul 01, 2014

Humane, funny and heart-warming.

Jan 14, 2014

I liked both the writing and the story as well as the evolution of the characters' relationships. The book is funny, with depth. It reminded me a little of Kingsley Amis, a very good thing. I'll read more of Nick Hornby.

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