August 12, 2002
Nick Hornby: How to be Good

What a Great book! It really made me think about what it means to be truly good...

The story's main character is a female doctor and self-declared "good person", married to an angry husband. Their marriage is about to fail when he undergoes a radical change and becomes a truly good person - so good in fact, that it puts a "reversed" strain on their marriage: when is being good simply too much of a good thing?

I consider myself to be a reasonably "good person" - at least I found myself symphatizing with Katie, the main character - but reading the book raised many interesting dilemmas: is a doctor good by default? (I think not), can one be "good" and still accept to be middle-class or have more earthly posessions than for example a homeless?

The story is well told, and although clearly fictional, it could apply metaphorically to real marriages or relationships.

A must read!

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Hmm.. that does sound interesting. I haven't read any literature outside of the Bible that discusses the "goodness" of people. As a believer in Christ, I believe that no one is naturally good. I would be interested in seeing how the issue is dealt with outside of my point of view.

Posted by: eliot on August 14, 2002 04:08 AM

This is one of several books that I bought earlier this summer that I haven't got around to reading yet. I got it because I hadn't read any of Nick Hornby's books, but have seen several movie adaptations. With your review in mind, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Posted by: the Limey Brit on August 14, 2002 04:31 AM

This book was so incredibly great. I don't think I stopped laughing! I felt bad for Katie while I hated her. One funny thing after another, half of them things she deserved!

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