Juliet, Undressed

Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby the author that brought you John Cusak in High Fidelity and Hugh Grant in About a Boy.

Thinking back to High Fidelity and About a boy, Nick writes about broken-heros, that appear to be a loser in everyone else’ eyes. Naturally, they have incessant flaws that unable them to live a sane, normal life. But this makes them so lovable, who needs to be sane? Being sane is overrated.

I’m not going to summarize the book or write you another back – cover. So here goes, this is what I honestly think about it.

Unlike other novels; I didn’t have a huge sentimental attachment to any of the characters. Perhaps except for Jackson; Tucker’s son. Everyone felt extremely detached to me, perhaps it’s the way that Nick writes, but I think you’re suppose to feel detached so you can judge from the outside?

Something that obviously Duncan couldn’t do.

I loved the story though, this is the first time that a novel provided me a soundtrack. While I was reading this novel, I dug up Bob Dylan’s “Blood On the Tracks” Which is apparently a break-up album. i have never heard of ‘break-up albums’ until now. I didn’t know there were whole albums devoted to break-ups. But I guess the closest thing we have in our generation would be “808s & Heartbreaks” (i’m sure there are others but this is the only one that i could think of)

There were pages devoted to thoughts, crazy thoughts! if they said these thoughts outloud people would run away from them even though the ones running away thought these things as well.

It’s our crazy hopeful thoughts, thoughts like meeting a significant other and the possibilities of a future, tens of years from now, already planned out down to every single detail. i’m sure a lot of people do this, but naturally they won’t own up to it.

these anti-heros that nick hornby creates, makes you fall in love with them. they’re so broken and yes, women do like to fix things. it’s because they’re brilliant that they can’t help it but be broken.

This is the same in the case of the Heroine, she’s broken too, she’s lost a lot, and she feels stuck.

Even though the story’s premise is pretty damn impossible, it somehow gives you a feel of possibility. Perhaps that is the point of the novel, as it is with most of Nick Hornby’s work, subtle optimism, yeah, subtle it is.

okay as always there are a few quotes

Pg 46: One thing about great art: it made you love people more, forgive them their petty transgression. it worked in the way that religion was supposed to, if you thought about it.

Pg 117: If she’d been using pen and paper, she would have screwed the paper up in disgust, but there wasn’t a satisfying equivalent with email, seeing as everything was designed to stop you making a mistake. she needed a fuck-it key, something that made a satisfying ka-boom noise when you thumped it.

Pg 121: If one were to imagine, for the sake of argument, that jigsaw pieces had thoughts and feelings, then it was possible to imagine them saying to themselves, “I’m going to stay here. Where else would I go?” And if another jigsaw piece came along, offering its tabs and blanks enticingly in an attempt to lure one of the pieces away ,it would be easy to resist temptation. “Look,” the object of the seducer’s admiration would say, “you’re a piece of a phone booth, and i’m the face of Mary, Queen of Scots. We just wouldn’t look right together.” and that would be that.

Look how few quotes I have! it means I was busy reading the darn book and not taking notes.

I hope Nick Hornby vanity searches himself and reads my review, that would dearly make my day.

I doubt it though, he’s met John Cusak for goodness’ sake!

So in conclusion, highly recommended since I kind of didn’t do my work to read and it made me stay up late, any book that makes me stay up late is worth reading.

Posted: November 9th, 2009
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