Juliet, Naked (excerpt)

This study guide will help you analyze the novel excerpt from Juliet, Naked (2009) by Nick Hornby which can be found in the textbook Angles (pp. 11-18). You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective

Nick Hornby (b.1957) is a British novelist and screenplay writer. His most important works include High Fidelity (1995), About a Boy (1998), and Just Like You (2020). The novel Juliet, Naked presents the relationship between Annie and Duncan in the context of Duncan’s obsession with musician Tucker Crowe. The fragment from your textbook focuses on the beginning of the novel.

Extract 

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Symbols

The Pits Club toilet is the first place that Duncan and Annie visit. This completely uninteresting location symbolizes how absurd it is for fans to be obsessed with a celebrity’s life. The fans give a simple object a deeper meaning and turn it into a landmark. Annie even notices that “this toilet, like just about every other one she’d ever seen in a rock club, was blocked” (p.11 l.28-29) which makes it nothing more than an ordinary toilet. 

The photograph that Neil Ritchie took in Tyron could symbolize how certain fans cannot perceive their favourite celebrities as real people. Apparently, “Neil Ritchie, had achieved a kind of Zapruder level of fame and respect among the faithful” (p. 15 l.3-4)...

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