Thursday, May 26, 2005

Book Recommendation - A Long Way Down

With what at first glance would appear to be a depressing plotline, Nick Hornby has written a humourous, thought provoking novel about suicide, life, and what it takes to get off the ledge.

A Long Way Down is about four people who accidentally bump into each other on New Years Eve. They have all, for different reasons, made their way to the top of a building and planned to jump. The novel explores why they ended up there, and the group dynamic that ensues.

This is not Chicken Soup For The Soul, but rather more black humour and insight into what makes ordinary lives livable. It is a quick and satisfying read that opens some doors in one's brain normally kept tightly shut.

Highly recommended.

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