Juliet, Naked Pdf Summary
Annie’s put fifteen years into safe, slightly obsessive Duncan, and now she’d like her money back, please. It’s time to move on. But she lives in Gooleness, the north’s answer to a question nobody asked. Is she really going to find real, proper, feel-it-deep-down-in-your-boots love on a damp and windy seafront? Or perhaps she should follow her heart and pursue Tucker, the reclusive American rock star, who keeps emailing her his smart advice.
But between Annie and her second chance lie a few obstacles. There’s Malcolm, the world’s most judgemental therapist, and Barnesy, the north’s most extrovert dancer. There’s what men and women will do and won’t do for love. And, of course, there’s Tucker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great novel, with an interesting plot.
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2011
After returning to Gooleness, the dismal seaside town in North-Eastern England where they live, Duncan receives a CD of ‘Juliet, Naked’, an album of solo acoustic demos of the songs on ‘Juliet’. Annie opens it first and listens to it on her own. Duncan is angry, especially when she expresses her dislike for it. He writes an enthusiastic review for the fan website he is a member of. Annie writes a passionate article criticising it and receives an email response from Tucker Crowe himself. Further email correspondence ensues, much of which consumes Annie’s thoughts.
Tucker Crowe is in Pennsylvania preparing for a visit from his daughter Lizzie whom he has never seen before. He has five children from four relationships, and his youngest son Jackson and Jackson’s mother Cat are the only ones he lives with. Lizzie reveals she is pregnant and this has caused the visit.
Duncan meets a new colleague called Gina, whom he sleeps with. He tells Annie of his affair and she insists he move out. The next day Annie talks to her judgmental therapist Malcolm. Duncan regrets leaving Annie but she refuses to take him back.
Cat breaks up with Tucker but Tucker remains looking after Jackson. Annie places a photo of Tucker and Jackson on her fridge and invites Duncan round to make him see it, gleeful that he doesn’t know the significance, and tells him she is in a relationship with him.
She ponders the years she has wasted with Duncan and ends up going to the pub with her friend Ros, during which she meets Gav and Barnesy, northern soul dancers. Barnesy comes back to her house and tells her he loves her but she says she won’t sleep with him and he leaves. Annie discusses the incident the next day with Malcolm.
Tucker discovers that Lizzie has lost the baby and Cat talks him into visiting Lizzie. On arrival in London, Tucker has a heart attack and is taken into the hospital. Lizzie invites all his children and ex-wives to visit for a family reunion.
A mini-narrative describes the events which caused Tucker to end his career after hearing that he had a daughter, Grace from the relationship before/during Julie.
Annie visits him in the hospital and he suggests staying at her house to avoid the family reunion. The next day Annie visits again and they do, though Annie discovers he had not yet met with Grace. Tucker tells her about Grace and Juliet and Annie insists he call his family.
They discuss his work; Tucker sees it as inauthentic rubbish while Annie thinks it’s deep and meaningful music while clarifying that while the music is good it doesn’t mean that Tucker as a person is good. She also admits that she was in a relationship with Duncan, whom Tucker knows of from the website. Annie encourages Tucker to meet Duncan but he refuses. The next day they bump into Duncan. Tucker introduces himself but Duncan doesn’t believe him. After considering it, Duncan comes over and Tucker shows Duncan his passport as proof. They have tea together and Tucker clarifies some of Duncan’s beliefs about him, while Duncan expresses his love of his music.
Grace calls Tucker. She says she understands how he and she can’t be close because it would mean giving up ‘Juliet’.
An exhibition Annie has been working on opens at the Gooleness museum, where she works as a curator. She suggests that Tucker could open it but the councillor in charge says he’s never heard of him and invites Gav and Barnsey (two local Northern Soul dancers) to do it instead. At the party Annie admits to Tucker that she likes him romantically and afterwards they have sex. Annie says she has used a contraceptive but didn’t. Tucker and Jackson return to America. Annie tells Malcolm about it all and tells him that she would like to sell her house and move right away to America to join Tucker and Jackson. Malcolm’s paternalistic comment lets her realize that she’s cured. She can then leave him.
In the epilogue, Duncan and other fans review on the fan website a new release from Tucker, which they think is terrible because ‘Happiness Is Poison’, as one of them writes. Only one new member says she and her husband love the new album, while they find ‘Juliet’ gloomy for their liking.
There’s a summary I borrowed from Wikipedia. I just wanted to give my opinion on the book after that. A book about obsession with a singer who hasn’t performed in over 15 years, and his last album, called Juliet, is considered by his obsessive fans to be the best work of art ever made. Then, a “bootleg” copy of Juliet comes out, one that was an acoustic and earlier version of the songs on Juliet comes out. Duncan is so eager to post a positive review and to be the first in his little community to do it that he becomes a little too enthusiastic about a record that became another record, and that record being seen as far superior upon closer examination. This guy owns all the bootlegs of almost every performance this Tucker Crowe ever sang at.
A lot of people have obsessions with particular bands, especially ones that disappeared suddenly for one reason or another. I know that I am guilty of this when it comes to the ska-punk band Sublime. I own everything they’ve ever put out, before and after the lead singer’s death. So I know the mindset of this guy, but I don’t make it my whole life, like he has. Very interesting novel about obsession and how it can cause you to do crazy things, like cheat on your partner of 15 years because the person you talked to liked the album your partner did not. And the funniest part was that his partner of 15 years ends up with Tucker Crowe. Ha, irony? Funny book, and interesting as hell to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming But Insubstantial
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
Most of us have musicians we like. Maybe even some we’d say we’re obsessed with. But not the way Duncan is with Tucker Crowe in Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked. Tucker was a rocker whose breakup album Juliet was starting to make him famous when suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, he gives up his music career and vanishes. Duncan is so obsessed that he not only runs an online message board where he talks about Tucker’s music with other devotees, he also drags his longtime, put-upon girlfriend Annie to America from the small seaside English town where they live to tour the sites most closely associated with Tucker’s short career. And then one day, Duncan is sent the acoustic demo versions of the songs on Juliet, which the label intends to release as Juliet, Naked.
Since Duncan is the kind of boyfriend who expects his girlfriend to make sure the home runs without his input, Annie actually gets the new album first when checking the mail, and listens to it, preferring the finished versions. When Duncan puts up a glowing review on his website, she submits her own counterpoint…leading to an email from Tucker himself, the famous recluse agreeing that the original album is better. Tucker, it turns out, is not actually a recluse at all. He lives a normalish life in small-town Pennsylvania with his wife and their small son, the only one of his five children he’s actually participated in raising. One thing leads to another, Duncan cheats on and is dumped by Annie, who continues her correspondence with Tucker, whose own relationship has deteriorated beyond repair, and then happens to find himself in England, and you can probably figure out where it goes from there.
I’ll be honest: Nick Hornby is a comfort author for me, and I’m predisposed to enjoy his work and let him get away with things I’d be more critical of other authors for. He often uses elements in his work that can get a little same-y: obsessive people, adult man-children struggling towards emotional maturity, sometimes a heart-tugging actual child. But he has a way with characters and especially dialogue that gives his books a sparkle and charm that overpowers his tendencies to hit familiar emotional notes. It might not be clear from the way I wrote about the book, but it’s Annie rather than Duncan who’s really at the center of the narrative, and her voice as she examines how she got “stuck” with Duncan and how she feels about the time they spent together, is very identifiable. Who hasn’t gotten out of a stagnant relationship and felt both the exhilaration of new possibilities and the fear that what you’ve left behind was as good as it was going to get?
Since I’m already being honest, I will say that this is one of Hornby’s lesser efforts. There are a few too many plot points going on, meaning that some of them (Duncan’s rebound relationship with the girl he cheated with, Annie’s efforts to curate an exhibit for the small local museum, Tucker’s other children) get the short shrift. And I think Hornby treats Tucker’s poor efforts at fatherhood for all but his youngest child a little too flippantly. More genuine regret there might have given some nice weight to the narrative, and for a book that does deal with some heavy stuff, it could have used it. Overall, though, it’s an enjoyable read…as long as you don’t think about it too much as you’re reading. If you’re looking to try out Hornby, I’d recommend About A Boy or High Fidelity first. If you already like Hornby, it likely won’t wow you but it has its charms.
About Nick Hornby Author Of Juliet Naked pdf Book
Nick Hornby is the author of the novels Juliet Naked pdf Book, A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. M. Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ London Award. Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books. A film written by Hornby, An Education – shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim – was the lead movie at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall. That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim. Hornby lives in North London.
Juliet Naked pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Riverhead Books; F First Edition (September 29, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594488878
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594488870
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.25 inches
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