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The Rest Just Follows [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Patterson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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A sheer pleasure to read. (Sunday Business Post)

Vividly compelling. (Irish News)

The Rest Just Follows feels very real - almost painfully so at times - and never pat or cliched. These characters ring true, their situations are believable; the writing is unadorned, the tone honest and a little wistful ... A warm-hearted, well-crafted and engaging book. (Irish Independent)

The language in the book, particularly at the start, is in the vernacular of Belfast children, and there is a marvel in it being both authentic and intelligible ...The book works as a reassurance that an absurd upbringing can deliver you to sanity and wellbeing. (Irish Times)

Book Description

This new novel from Glenn Patterson is a charming coming-of-age tale set in 70s Belfast

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (18 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H122IKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three characters in search of a plot 7 Mar. 2014
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Glenn Patterson is a long-established Belfast novelist whose works tend to focus on mundane lives with a backdrop of the Northern Ireland sectarian divide. Often these references are subtle, almost incidental.

The Rest Just Follows starts out in much the same way – Craig Robinson is a young Grammar School boy. Maxine Neill failed the 11 Plus. StJohn Nimmo is a new boy at the Grammar School with a fondness of cigarettes. All three seem to have dysfunctional families. But unlike some of Patterson’s other novels, the details seem confused and hazy. Patterson has always had a thing where timelines blur a bit and we can switch from the present to the past in the course of a single sentence. But this has always been made navigable through clear and distinctive storylines and a single uniting theme. The Rest Just Follows lacks the clarity of storylines and doesn’t seem to have a central focus, meaning the opaque timelines just confuse things even more.

The narrative moves, almost without notice, from school to university to work to parenthood to adulthood. There are some signposts of passing time – movements in the political process, known atrocities, social and physical change in the built environment. But the known events are often fictionalised, making it unclear as to exactly how much time has elapsed – and hence how old the characters are. Some of the details are plain wrong – the first civil partnership ceremony in fact took place in 2005 rather than the late 1980s/early 1990s that would fit with the novel’s sequencing – which make them unreliable as markers of time.

The narrative is also disconcerting as it moves from the generic backdrop of the The Troubles to some very specific events and specific people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real life with all its sadness and its humour. 23 Mar. 2014
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Glenn Patterson brings his unerring eye to a mini-saga of Belfast life. It is a story about real people and while The Troubles may be there in the background it is categorically not a tale of the Troubles but about ordinary people from childhood to adulthood. Being about real people it has its moments of sadness but there is also much of Patterson's trademark humour which at times makes one laugh out loud. Highly recommended, and not just to connoisseurs of Northern Irish fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 9 Jan. 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 28 July 2014
By Isabelle Leinster - Published on
A vey good insight into the troubles in Northern Ireland and the characers are very believable.
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