A Long Way Down
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(22/10) Four people from very different backgrounds meet on the roof of “Topper’s Tower” to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. They join forces in to an unlikely gang to assure their mutual safety and each travels some way towards their own personal redemption.
Despite the stereotypes and obvious culture clashes (from which most of the comedy comes) Hornby does tell us something important. Irrespective of how stressful/rubbish/unfulfilled ones life is...there is still hope...people do care...things can get better...there are many, many ways to be happy, even if it's not radical or following a dream. The book isn’t as self-help preachy as this suggests; Nick Hornby is too clever for that. He has made each character flawed (with the exception maybe of Maureen) and so we begin to like each because of their mistakes and weaknesses, not depsite them.
One little gripe; is it me, or is Hornby turning into Ben Elton?
Meanwhile this copy is on it's way to molekilby who won it in a swap on bookobsessed.