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The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Quick
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`Once hooked this sensitive tale is very haunting.'

'This bittersweet debut comedy has caught the imagination of thousands of readers and some film executives. Expect to hear more about this writer.'
--Evening Chronicle


'A delightful debut... laugh-out-loud... a smart, touching, quirky read.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; UK edition (1 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E2UQMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, amusing, painful and unforgettable 16 Nov 2008
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When I first started reading this book, I didn't quite know what to make of it, particularly the narrator, Pat - I found myself getting slightly irritated with him. But his sweetness and innocence grew on me, and I realised after the first chapter that I was turning the pages with my fingers crossed for him.

The story begins with Pat leaving a mental institution and trying to return to normal life, into a family which has been devastated by his incarceration. He is desperate, with a childish simplicity by turns endearing and exasperating, to get back with his ex wife, Nikki and his whole life focuses on this. But why did they really split up? And where did Pat's mental problems begin? What is the real problem with Tiffany, his new friend with her own mental and emotional difficulties?

This book is easy to read: it's very simply written, yet the matters it deals with are complex. At times I was laughing out loud, at others I had tears in my eyes. The author takes away the stigma of mental illness and you warm to his characters. While Pat is the narrator, his friends and family have their own smaller story to tell about what happened and how it has affected them. You come away from the book feeling slightly better for having known them, and for those with limited experience, perhaps a little more perception of mental illness. I look forward to reading another by this perceptive and gentle author.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...possibly the best book I've read this year. 1 Nov 2008
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Pat Peoples is just out of `the Bad Place' - an institution where he's been for the past four years after a massive breakdown. He believes his life is a movie written and directed by God. He has a terror of Kenny G who haunts him in the night. He's lost his life and his home, and only lives to build the perfect body so he can win back his beloved wife, Nikki.

Pat is so angsty and damaged and utterly adorable. He knows he `screwed up' before with his rages and selfish demands. Now he only wants to 'practice kindness' as he moves through his small world, making friends wherever he goes - with his mom and his football-crazy brothers, with his analyst Cliff and his friends, the equally football-crazy, all-Indian, Asian Invasion Bus. Even with his sister-in-law, the deranged Tiffany, who, it seems, everyone thinks would be the perfect partner for him.

Hilariously funny, touching, delightful and heart-breaking, and possibly the best book I've read this year.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 9 Nov 2008
By Arheddis Varkenjaab TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I really enjoyed this book. Although it's fairly apparent what the plot is going to be pretty much from the first page, it's written in such an engaging style with such likable and believable characters you get drawn in to the story.

The story follows the recovery of Pat, who is suffering from mental health problems following the breakdown of his marriage. The breakdown has transformed Pat, and despite his problems (including a perfectly understandable aversion to singer Kenny G) he is recovering. The story contrasts the slightly immoral personalities of the 'sane' people in his life with the higher physical and mental standards Pat now feels he has to attain and maintain in order to win back his wife. That makes it sound rather worthy and heavy going, but it's a very funny book and light and easy reading while at the same time managing to ask that old question 'what does sanity actually mean?'

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a silver linings girl... 20 Feb 2011
... so I really appreciated the journey that Pat Peoples goes on in The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick.

Pat believes that his life is a movie that's being directed by God. He's been in a mental institution and has just been released into the care of his mother. His priority now that he is out is to become the best man that he can be in order to end the enforced 'apart time' from Nikki, his wife. With this in mind he weight trains every day to get his body into peak physical condition for his wife's return. At sunset Pat runs literally with his head in the clouds, gazing upwards as he searches for silver linings in them.

He also decides to start reading literature to impress his wife. There are some hilarious scenes where he reflects on why on earth his wife, a teacher, would encourage school children to read classic books because so many were depressing! This is what he thinks of the Great Gatsby:

"you can tell that Fitzgerald never took the time to look up at the clouds during sunset, because there's no silver lining at the end of that book, let me tell you."

The classic books that Pat reads are used to demonstrate that life doesn't always go the way that you want it to, a message that Pat struggles to accept as 'apart time' gets longer and longer.

Pat's language is simple and childlike, which I thought was a good technique to reflect his memory difficulties. You sense his struggle to think things through carefully and clearly. He has to really focus to be kind and on the odd occasions that he feels he isn't he worries, much more than everyone else around him, the people who are considered to be mentally well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books
A moving story about two mentally ill patients, whose lives bring them together. An insight into how their minds work, upsetting at times and poignant, but a happy ending.
Published 1 day ago by Mandyfab
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!
Beautiful story. Absolutely amazing. Highlights so many serious problems but really does prove that there's a silver lining. Loved it.
Published 2 days ago by m fazackerley
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
I hope the film is better than the book. It was awful and although the film is advertised as being about bipolar, when I read the book I couldn't work out what was wrong with the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great therapy!
I thought this was a great read. I really found myself sympathising with the mean character, Pat. He has suffered a breakdown and been sectioned in a mental institution and the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Craig
1.0 out of 5 stars not great
This is not well written: I did not bother finishing it; I really enjoyed the movie,but the book is dull and awful
Published 5 days ago by Gail
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange and frustrating but good!
This wasn't really what I expected to be honest. I found myself getting very frustrated with the lead male as he was so pathetic and childish but it shows how well it was written. Read more
Published 9 days ago by miss k l white
4.0 out of 5 stars <3
I really love this book and it's so different from the movie, but good different ! I enjoyed both the movie and the book
Published 11 days ago by fay
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story - too much sport
I really enjoyed the whole story behind this and the mystery of both the main characters lives and thought it was really well witten. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I read this as I had watched and enjoyed the film, and as usual the book far surpassed the film. The characters were well written, the writing was emotive, and the overall story... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ms. Stacey Mckean
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing but emotional
Amazing book very much enjoyed reading couldn't put it down and was 10x better than the film but very emotional I was laughing then crying the next minute
Published 13 days ago by mollie
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