A Long Way Down

by Nick Hornby

I ought to have read something more than a brief summary before getting this book from the library. If I had known it was a thoroughly contemporary British novel, I probably wouldn’t have read it…too much editing was required. Dirty mouths!

But, aside from the language, it was a rather interesting story. A Long Way Down has four narrators – Martin, Maureen, Jess, and JJ – who, by coincidence, each go to the roof of a very tall building at midnight on New Year’s Eve with the intention of committing suicide by jumping off. The strange circumstances lead them to go back downstairs, and over the next three months they (somewhat unwillingly) help (and sometimes destroy) each other’s lives.

Rating: Unless this plot sounds desperately thrilling, like a book you couldn’t live without reading, skip it.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: