Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

Book - 2010 | First Riverhead trade paperback edition
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Annie lives in a dull town on England's bleak east coast and is in an equally dull and bleak relationship with Duncan. Tucker, once a brilliant songwriter and performer, has gone into seclusion in rural America--or at least that's what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker's work and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest alum, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010, ©2009
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781594484773
Branch Call Number: Fiction Hor
Characteristics: 406 pages ; 21 cm


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NatMarAma Jan 15, 2015

A quick read! This was my second Hornby book. Does he ever present a satisfying ending?

PaulaBlix Jan 05, 2015

Nick Hornby's great and this is his best book. If you're a woman who liked High Fidelity, you'll like this one even more because it's got the same type of male characters but it's much more from the female perspective. But really this book is for geeks and geek lovers of either sex.
I loved Juliet, Naked so much that I went back and read or re-read every book Nick Hornby had written for adults.
If you like Nick Hornby, you might also like Tom Perrotta, or "This is Where I Leave You", by Jonathan Tropper (the book, not the bad movie version).

Dec 20, 2014

Engaging and highly readable farce that takes on fandom and obsession with celebrities. Hornby is always fun to read.

Jul 28, 2012

A perfect book for a long plane ride.

Sep 18, 2011

Really funny. Hornby is really good at engineering amusing twists of relaitonships and situations.

HELEN M. ZSUTTY Aug 04, 2011

Another enjoyable novel by Nick Hornby. In my opinion, better than "High Fidelity" but not quite as good as "About A Boy". Annie has been living with her boyfriend, Duncan, for about 15 years in a small English seaside village. Duncan is obsessed with American singer/songwriter Tucker Crowe who has been a recluse for many years. A new album of Tucker's, "Juliet, Naked", is released and Annie writes an unfavorable review of it much to Duncan's dismay. Through a series of events Tucker ends up in England which affects all of their lives. The quote on the back of the book from a review by The Washington Post best describes this novel: "Charming....nobody captures the zealous devotion and bizarre intensity of amateur music snobs better."

crankylibrarian Apr 23, 2011

Whenever I read a Nick Hornby novel I find myself casting the movie before I've gone 100 pages. The characters and settings are always so vivid, so tangible, so fully realized, it's as though you're eavesdropping on a conversation. Continuing his poignant examinations of midlife men and their pitiful obsessions, _Juliet_ revolves around Duncan, a manchild who cluelessly idolizes reclusive musician Tucker Crowe; and Duncan's girlfriend Annie, whom he patronizingly dismisses for "not getting it". In a supremely ironic twist, it's Annie who ends up forging a meaningful connection with Tucker, whose evaluation of his own work is closer to Annie's than to that of Duncan and the Internet addicted "Crowologists".

Great LOL dialogue:
"...some people believe that eating meat is wrong. And other people believe it's bad for you. And some people believe both."

"What do we believe?"

"I guess we believe both, but we don't care enough to do anything about it".

Great relationship comedy that never quite veers into sitcom.

Mar 21, 2011

This Hornby novel didn't include as much humor as his others, which was a bummer. In fact, the whole story was kind of a bummer. It was interesting, and I kept reading it, and he is a very good writer, but the mood of the book was just a little too melancholy and defeated for me to truly enjoy it.

Nov 29, 2010

Juliet, Naked contains some signature Hornby themes that I enjoy (obsessions with trivial details about obscure music, clueless blokes who don't quite get how bloody complicated women are, father/son relationships). However, it lacks the passion and the wit of High Fidelity, and all of the characters are a little too self-obsessed to be likable. It kinda reads like About a Boy filtered through the lens of Woody Allen's least successful films.

Jul 07, 2010

If you liked High Fidelity, you really should like this. One of the primary characters in this is obsessed with music too, but instead of running a record store, this guy is obsessed with an musician who has gone underground. He spends most of his time on a message board discussing said artist. As somebody with at least some trace of those music-obsessed characteristics, I can assure you that Hornby has nailed it. If you are into music, you owe it to yourself to read this.

I don’t want to give away much more of the story because the story line itself is pretty simple. Suffice to say that the three main characters in the story really rang true for me and it’s a great book. Loved it.

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