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Hornby 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 mores, 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 funnier. --Matthew Baylis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I don't think Hornby can write from a female point of view.
She wishes he would change, thinking that somehow, that would make it all better, but when he does change, she still doesn't like him much.
I liked the fact that this book was still funny and not heavy, like his other books, but very thought-provoking.
An all time favourite of mine, I bought this copy to give to a friend. I always enjoy the witty perception of Nick Hornby, and have read all that he's published.Published 5 months ago by marie duffy
Cut to the Chase:
It’s tough to think that maybe a writer just has a niche, but Hornby, who’s done an excellent job perfecting the immature, flawed, yet redeemable adult male... Read more
... so I didn't bring along any baggage of expectations based on any other of his books. I thought this was a little off the wall and quite funny in places, and completely... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bluewater cruiser
I didn't like the plot line and thought the humor was cruel and demeaning to middle age couples. I can say that the story line was about a selfish woman.Published 12 months ago by R. Anderson
Terrible read. If this is a satire then it wasn't humorous. You can find people who need help all around you. You don't have to organize to find those in need. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stephanie Jenkins
I'm a fan of Nick Hornby and have read most of his books. This was one of the better ones. There were a couple of strange parts of the story line that were never really explained... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cherie Manzano
I was very disappointed in this book. It was my first of his works and will probably be my only. I struggled to see what the point of the book was and never could quite get... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Katy
This book had me cracking up through the first several chapters, but overall, it seems very drawn out... Nothing that 'kept me on the edge of my seat' the whole time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by detery
Basic Summary: Unhappy Doctor is miserable at home and begins an affair with an unimportant studly man-beast. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tiffani