Saturday, October 29, 2011
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby is known for his contemporary tales of, at times, lovable losers and how they deal with the world. His stories are usually filled with sadness, loneliness and humor and this book was no exception.
This is the story of four strangers who decided to kill themselves on New Year's Eve by jumping off a building (a notorious suicide site). After they all meet on the roof, this rag tag team (with nothing in common) somehow become an unwitting support group for each other.
The story is told from alternative points of view of the strangers and we learn a a bit about what brought them up on that roof and why they wanted to end their lives. Of course, not to be too crass, but after learning more about these people, half way through the book, you're like, "you know what, why don't you jump already!" I know, that's harsh but as the reader you're thinking, "good lord, it's so easy to solve your problems, just do a, b and c."
But I guess that's the thing about depression, from the outside, everyone says, "why don't you just cheer up" or "just go out more, get friends, get another boyfriend... yadda yadda yadda" but those things are SO easy to say but much harder to do, if you're the one dealing with the depression. So I hope people don't walk away from this book just thinking they were a bunch of whiny people with silly problems, but people who are depressed and sometimes it's hard to get out of that funk... especially alone.