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Not a Downer,
This review is from: A Long Way Down (Hardcover)
A Long Way Down has a very depressing premise--four people meet while preparing to commit suicide on New Year's Eve--but it is also one of the funniest and most original books I've read this year. Hornby is one of the few contemporary authors creative and talented enough to pull off a story of this nature, but he does so with great success. The book follows one continuous story line, but it is told in four different voices--those of each of the four people who meet on a London roof while contemplating their final jump. Each character is unique, interesting and has their own, very distinct voice and through them we are able to learn a lot about what motivates different people to try suicide and how it is often (though not always as the book demonstrates) possible to prove to those people that life is worth living. Hornby has done a masterful job of taking a tragic topic and using his skills (humor, good writing, excellent character development, psychological understanding) to create an upbeat, funny and very memorable book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed other Hornby novel or just wants to be entertained and possibly learn something about human psychology. It is a very good book and you will not be disappointed at the end.