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Notes from an Exhibition | [Patrick Gale]

Notes from an Exhibition

When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children are left to unravel a legacy of secrets and emotional damage.
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Publisher's Summary

When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children are left to unravel a legacy of secrets and emotional damage.

©2007 Patrick Gale

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    Ben 06-27-15
    Ben 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magnficent"

    Another brilliant book from Patrick Gale. All the elements we have come to expect - fantastic characterisation, insightful study of family dynamics, several points of view, twists and turns along the way. The idea of beginning each chapter with a note from an exhibition seems like the kind of thing I wouldn't like, but it was great actually. Well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    Truro, United Kingdom
    1/30/09
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    "Wonderful"

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Just loved it and Steven Pacey's reading made it all the more enjoyable. Highly recommended. Please can we have some more of Patrick Gale's books ready by Steven Pacey. Thank you - just wonderful.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lily the Pink
    Norfolk, UK
    12/31/10
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    "A difficult book to like"

    I bought this book because it is narrated by Stephen Pacey, and because I like 'relationship' books. The idea for the structure is interesting - that each episode is linked to a picture from the posthumous exhibition of Rachel Kelly's work - but in the end it's unsatisfyingly 'clever' and confuses more than it explains, because of the way it jumps around in time. The only real problem with an audio book, especially if you are listening while on the drive home from work, is that you can't flick back to previous chapters to find the thread of a character's story, so just have to press on and hope things will be explained by the end. And that is the main fault with this book. It just stops, and misses out the most important scene in the lives of all the characters. I could see it coming, in tantalising (but self-conscious) snippets, but it would seem the last picture in the exhibition is missing.
    Beautifully read by Stephen Pacey but I don't think I'll bother with any more Patrick Gale.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mirium
    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/18/09
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    "Wonderful"

    I don't often give books 5 stars, but this one really deserved it. An intriguing and well-constructed plot, believable and interesting characters, fine, subtle writing without any pretentiousness - what more could you want? It was beautifully-read, too. I was really sorry when it came to an end - but hurrah! The ending was satisfying, and not cliched or predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • julia arthur
    2/14/15
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    "Well worth the effort - beautiful."

    The story though fairly complicated was captivating. The narrator made the story come alive and reflected the characters perfectly. Great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Birkin
    4/12/13
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    "Odd reason to buy it, but.."

    Odd reason to buy it, but I saw Patrick Gale on University Challenge and decided that he seemed interesting, so I bought this book. Am I glad that I did! It is beautifully written and I is well read. I couldn't stop listening. The changes from present to past and back again are skilfully managed, the characters are well drawn and utterly believable.

    I rushed to order another Patrick Gale, bought 'A Perfectly Good Man' and was thrilled when a character from 'Notes on an Exhibition' recurred - I had been wondering what had happened to her!

    Do read/listen Patrick Gale, you wont be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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