[ Audiobooks ] How to Be Good Author Nick Hornby – Selindameditasyon.com

How to Be Good In Nick Hornby s How to Be Good, Katie Carr is certainly trying to be That s why she became a GP That s why she cares about Third World debt and homelessness, and struggles to raise her children with a conscience It s also why she puts up with her husband David, the self styled Angriest Man in Holloway But one fateful day, she finds herself in a Leeds parking lot, having just slept with another man What Katie doesn t yet realize is that her fall from grace is just the first step on a spiritual journey torturous than the interstate at rush hour Because, prompted by his wife s actions, David is about to stop being angry He s about to become good not politically correct, organic food eating good, but good in the fashion of the Gospels And that s no easier in modern day Holloway than it was in ancient IsraelHornby means us to take his title literally How can we be good, and what does that mean However, quite apart from demanding that his readers scrub their souls with the nearest available Brillo pad, he also mesmerizes us with that cocktail of wit and compassion that has become his trademark The result is a multifaceted jewel of a book a hilarious romp, a painstaking dissection of middle class s, and a powerfully sympathetic portrait of a marriage in its death throes It s hard to know whether to laugh or cry as we watch David forcing his kids to give away their computers, drawing up schemes for the mass redistribution of wealth, and inviting his wife s most desolate patients round for a Sunday roast But that s because How to Be Good manages to be both brutally truthful and full of hope It won t outsell the Bible, but it s a lot funnierMatthew BaylisFrom Publishers WeeklyKate, a doctor, wife and mother, is in the midst of a difficult decision whether to leave or stay with her bitter, sarcastic husband David who proudly writes a local newspaper column called The Angriest Man in Holloway The long term marriage has gone stale, but is it worth uprooting the children and the comfortable lifestyle Then David meets a faith healer called Dr Goodnews, and suddenly converts to an idealistic do gooder donating the children s computer to an orphanage, giving away the family s Sunday dinner to homeless people and inviting runaways to stay in the guest room and convincing the neighbors to do likewise Barber gives an outstanding performance as Kate, humorously conveying her mounting irritation at having her money and belongings donated to strangers, her guilt at not feeling generous and her hilarious desire for revenge Barber brilliantly portrays each eccentric character hippie ish Goodnews, crusading David, petulant children and, poignantly, the hesitant, halting Barmy Brian, a mentally deficient patient of Kate s who needs looking after Barber s stellar performance turns a worthy novel into a must listen event Simultaneous release with Riverhead hardcover Forecasts, June

About the Author: Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E M Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers London Award Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books A film written by Hornby, An Education shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim was the lead movie at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim Hornby lives in North London.

10 thoughts on “How to Be Good

  1. Libby Libby says:

    I think How to be Good certainly divided fans of Hornby who were used to his musical themes in High Fidelity and 31 Songs and his style in About a Boy He was given a lot of criticism for writing the book from the perspective of a middle aged female but this did not bother me in the slightest In fact I thought the book was witty and

  2. Shaina Shaina says:

    To say I didn t get this book would be a profound understatement Near as I can tell, it s about all the terrible, mundane ways life can grind you down, how hypocracy gets all of us in the end, and the way what was once beloved can turn into what you hate in the ones you used to love.I found this book tremendously depressing Also, it made m

  3. will will says:

    how to be goodAs long time readers know or maybe you don t Maria and I read to each other One of the joys of naked Sunday is the fact that we don t have to get up, spend the day wandering around the flat in our pyjamas just cos it is called naked Sunday doesn t necessarily mean that we spend the day nekkid , basically just slob about.This Sunday

  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    As I started reading this I said to myself, Jeff, maybe your first Hornby book probably should have been High Fidelity not this one The narrator s a 40ish British woman who s married to an angry guy and who has two kids and is currently having an affair, but you know brutal cynicism and snark transcend everything It really does.The questions is thus If

  5. Daniel Clausen Daniel Clausen says:

    A Nick Hornby book through and through whatever that means to you A Long Way Down is still my favorite About a Boy is still my second favorite And this book would bring up the back since I ve only read three Hornby books Even if it s lesser than these other two books, it still has that Hornby charm What is the Hornby charm Take an interesting situation an affa

  6. [Shai] Bibliophage [Shai] Bibliophage says:

    I did enjoy some parts of this novel but others are quite inscrutable I would try to read another book of Hornby, maybe High Fidelity or About A Boy, and let s see if he will persuade me to add him on my favorite authors.

  7. Zaki Zaki says:

    How to Be Good could have appropriately been titled Who Gives a Shit or How to be Good for Nothing because that s what Nick Hornby is with his cheesy writing style and trite observations.

  8. Jon Cox Jon Cox says:

    The last sentence of this book made me feel daft I think I pretty much comprehended the majority of the book the mild, slightly frantic despair that the main character feels over a marriage that is mutually dissatisfactory the duplicitious and hypocritical nature of trying too hard to do good things when your own life is in shambles and you can t have fulfilling relationships with

  9. Sara Sara says:

    Loved this book I didn t think I would, actually, because it opens with the decaying of a marriage between two Brits with kids The subject just doesn t grab me much, I mean, as escapist reading why would I want to read about an unhappy marriage Before I knew it, though, I was sucked in by the marvelous writing and witty humor of Nick Hornby.I had no idea where this book was going There a

  10. Eddie Owens Eddie Owens says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Ok it s called How to be Good , so I will try to be good.It s an interesting idea that doesn t go anywhere, and on that basis, it should have been written as a short story.Here s why it didn t go anywhere The characters are one dimensional, there are no backstories, nothing is done with this miraculous faith healer.

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