The first Patrick Melrose novel. At his mother’s family house in the south of France, Patrick Melrose has the run of a magical garden. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient, five-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with care. His father, David, rules with considered cruelty, and Eleanor, his mother, has retreated into drink. They are expecting guests for dinner. But this afternoon is unlike the chain of summer days before, and the shocking events that precede the guests’ arrival tear Patrick's world in two.
©1992 Edward St Aubyn (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"The first of five intriguing books"
Alex Jennings brings his intelligence and considerable vocal skills to this darkly comic portrayal of a monstrous father who detonates his innocent young son's childhood. His use of tones to play the many and varied roles, from gender to gender and from toddler to demented old lady, he nails them all. Riveting.
There is a crisis which I won't describe here; suffice to say it brought me to tears.
The fact there are a further four to listen to is a pleasure in itself, once you start the first. I am looking forward to listening to St Aubyn's latest book too.....bliss.
"What a depressing crowd of characters"
I would never, ever read another book by Edward St Aubyn. The upper class, shallow, valueless world he depicts is unattractive and soulless. The plot of this book is skimpy. The only redeeming aspect of this audiobook was the fantastic narration of Alex Jennings who managed to portray all the characters with individuality and flare. I loved his voice and will certainly read another book narrated by him.
I have no desire to read the following books in the series.
I am not sure. I did finish it because I hoped for a cathartic, happy resolution to the hellhole inhabited by the characters.
If you want to be brought down and to see how the "other half' lives this is the book for you.
I felt that this story was a pompous betrayal of snobbery at its best. It made my skin crawl reading such obvious acts of mental, physical and sexual abuse with no real storyline. Unnecessary!
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