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On t often read than one book by the same author from Classics that is However I loved Notes from an Exhibition and thought I d try another from Patrick Gale a great read you don t often find characters described in uite such accurate detail each with their own very deep issues and all intertwined in such complex ways I really felt I got to know all of them Yes I did find myself turning back a few pages every now and then to remember what had happened but that s a symptom of my too superficial reading style than a fault of the book Reading the author s notes it does seem that this book is than a little autobigraphical even if the characters differ from the real people in Mr Gale s life some of the experiences seem all too real Maybe this closeness to the truth is what brings it to life through his writingWill I read another It depends on time of course and availability Sadly this was the only copy of the only Patrick Gale book available in my home California library This is my second reading of this novel and it s so intricate so beautifully written that it certainly deserves a revisit The plotting is extremely clever John and Francis a middle class and rather repressed young couple take their only child 8 year old Julian on holiday to a bungalow by the sea in Cornwall in the 196os Thirty years later Frances now suffering from early onset of dementia and John needing a respite "From Caring For Her "caring for her they all return to the cottage for two weeks Julian now calling himself Will thinks it s the same house but can t untangle his 8 year old fragmented memories Francis and John are sure it s that cottage But no one is talking about this terrible coincidence What happened in that long lost #SUMMER SHAPED ALL THEIR LIVES IN #shaped all their lives in they have still not come to terms with Will is a great character A lonely sensitive little boy he fills in the gaps of his knowledge through imagination Parents didn t talk about things particularly not to children As a man ust turned 40 he s still living a repressed lonely life having an affair with a married man which lacks all the real intimacy Will craves The writing of these people is a masterclass in character development and heartachingly painful and touching I ll update when finishedFinished Isn t it interesting how a book reveals itself to us differently when we are older When I first read this it seemed to me to be mainly a very satisfying love story Now however older and nostalgic for times that can t come again it s the loss of innocence and the destruction of childhood that mostly strikes me Julian is the archetypal imaginative sweet little boy He takes his beloved guinea pig on holiday with him for goodness sake By the end of the holiday Lady Percy is lost and so is Julian s childhood to the extent that he actually reinvents himself as Will Adult selfishness strikes me as the theme of this novel now I cannot recommend Patrick Gale too highly if you want a challenging engrossing thought provoking read Not his best work I didn t think that s still notes on an exhibition for me but a good read non the lessHis characters always seem so believable no matter what situation they are inHas me looking to see what else in his back catalogue I haven t rea. Rallel stories we see their subtle and surprising reflections in each other and discover how the forgotten dramas of childhood are reenacted throughout our livesDeftly navigating the terrain between humor and tragedy Patrick Gale has written an unforgettable novel about the lies that adults tell and the small acts of treason that children can commit Rough Music gracefully illuminates the merciful tricks of memory and the courage with which we continue to assert our belief in love and happiness From the Hardcover editi.
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Patrick Gale is a prolific author but I was only introduced to his writing two years ago by my sister when she recommended Notes from An Exhibition2007 and lent me a copy of The Whole Day Through2009 the latter which I never reviewed for some reason although I do remember liking it Instantly hooked his entire back catalogue has now been added to my Wishlist The only other title I have read so far is Friendly Fire 2005 I find that Patrick Gale is a particularly sensitive writer for a man but I think this may stem from the fact that he is gay I hope this is the politically correct term to use but I am not sure However he is uite open about the fact and in the uestion and answer section at the end of this novel talks about his husband who is a farmer The fact he obviously draws on personal experiences in life and location they live on a farm in Cornwall are I am sure part of his success as a novelist I am really looking forward to locating of his books to readStraight away I was drawn into this thought provoking and touching novel set in alternate chapters of past and present Patrick Gale has a love of the west of England and the sea and his evocative writing is very absorbing bringing the setting and the characters to life for me whilst I am reading Julian who changes his name to Will as an adult because of a nickname he was given at school is the main character and most of the story is built around a family holiday that did not go uite as planned when he was a small boy As a man Will seems at ease with his sexuality but it is on another holiday that the traumatic effects of that long ago summer come back to uestion his happiness Were his parents uite as happy and as normal as he always thought they were The relationship between them in the present part of the novel where the mother is suffering from early onset Alzheimer s is very movingI do not want to reveal the plot so cannot say too much here but it will keep you guessing with plenty of hints but exactly what happened is not revealed until the final chaptersMore information can be found in my post at LindyLouMac s Book Reviewshttplindyloumacbookreviewsblogspo Patrick Gale s books are brilliant This one feels a bit personal too there s than a bit of autobiographical detail in Julian s character Believable characters two time frames and a ton of plot Highly Recommended Another great novel from Patrick Gale who is rapidly becoming one of my favourite "authors Told as a mixture of past and present it is full of varied interest so much so that "Told as a mixture of past and present it is full of varied interest so much so that the main twist had been revealed some way from the end an astonishing number of loose ends still remained to be tied up It wasn t uite as good as Notes from an Exhibition but it wasn t very far off Clearly Gale has drawn on his own experiences for some of the subject matter but a great deal of it must have been based on research He does this so well that it hardly shows and he knows his characters right down to the smallest details for example Julian refers to his father as smelling of Old Spice and ironing I guessed the twist unusual for me But I think I got lucky because it s a very very clever one This was
"A Thoroughly Engrossing Novel About "thoroughly engrossing novel about in all their variations and I had Beautifully written and deeply compassionate Rough Music is a novel of one family at two defining points in time Seamlessly alternating between the present day and a summer thirty years past its twin stories unfold at a cottage along the eastern coast of EnglandWill Pagett receives an unexpected gift on his fortieth birthday two weeks at a perfect beach house in Cornwall Seeking some distance from the married man with whom he's having an affair he invites his aging mother and father to share his holiday knowing the su. .
Hard time putting it down The novel concerns one family but is told at two points in time the present and thirty two years previously John and Frances Pagett and their 8 year old son Julian spent a family holiday at a beach house in Cornwall decades earlier and there is an element of mystery to the novel since the reader soon becomes aware that something happened then that has affected their lives Years later for his fortieth birthday Will Pagett is given a two week stay at what turns out to be the same cottage by his sister and brother in law He invites his parents along his mother now suffering from early onset Alzheimer s This is a fascinating look at complex relationships parentchild siblings couples and lovers heterosexual homosexual bisexual Highly recommended Julian grows up a solitary boy the only child in a rather straight "laced family his father is a prison governor "family His father is a prison governor Julian occasionally speaks to the prisoners The family take a holiday in a remote seaside bungalow and are African Literature Today joined by his uncle and cousin It s as a result of what happened on that holiday that a repeat of the experience when his cousin books the same bungalow proved traumatic for all especially his mother with her gathering Alzheimer s diseaseI m a great fan of Patrick Gale s writing It s elegant sophisticated but not in the least flowery It s what writers should aspire to He takes apart a family teetering on the brink of not really knowing each other or of being in denial of what they know and analyses their actions and deeds in an almost forensic detail A really great book Enjoyable enough but had trouble keeping up with the past and present chapters and names at times I didn t find there was really a plot as such which kind of disappointed A childhood summer holiday gone past and coming to terms with uncomfortable truths about parents and himself They areoined one summer by his Uncle and cousin Repercussions Of What #repercussions of what back then come to a head in the future chapters Affairs within the family Dementia is mentioned regarding his mother which was a touch sad in places but written with sensitivity 45 rounded upI initially had some trouble getting into this book which I think was due to personal crisis factors than any fault of the book itself but once I hit the halfway mark I couldn t put it down and read it literally non stop till I finished Even in this early book Gale shows a mastery of prose style complex plotting and deft characterization The story alternates between two time periods set 32 years apart and often in these types of novels for example in the recent and excellent The Great Believers one storyline will dominate and be of interest than the other Here though both storylines are intriguing and one is never unclear where one is in the novel it helps and is very clever that the protagonist is called by different names in each time frame Although some of the revelations are not exactly bombshells and have been foreshadowed long before they occur everything fits beautifully Gale has recently proved his skill as a screenwriter with the brilliant Man in the Orange Shirt and this too would make an excellent film which some would say is faint praise but I mean it as a compliment Wow I N and sea will be a welcome change for But the cottage and the stretch of sand before it seem somehow familiar and memories of a summer long ago begin to surface Thirty two years earlier A young married couple and their eight year old son begin two idyllic weeks at a beach house in Cornwall But the sudden arrival of unknown American relatives has devastating conseuences turning what was to be a moment of reconciliation into an act of betrayal that will cast a lengthy shadowAs Patrick Gale masterfully unspools these pa.