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The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk [ THE PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS: NEVER MIND, BAD NEWS, SOME HOPE, AND MOTHER'S MILK ] by St Aubyn, Edward (Author) Jan-31-2012 [ Paperback ] Paperback – 31 Jan 2012

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Coming late to the Melrose novels has its advantages - reading the five books in quick succession allows you to immerse yourself in the story and hold the threads together as the large cast of characters age, often disgracefully. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, (has there ever been a father as monstrous and compelling as David Melrose?), the sheer quality and beauty of the writing is dazzling. The box set is a thing of beauty in itself (I started reading the sequence on Kindle and quickly realised it was so good that only proper books would do).
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I came to these books all at once, having bought the set on impulse. Three of the books no longer fit into the beautifully produced box, as I spent 3 weeks devouring them on holiday (salt-water never kind to books). The first book is a shock, leading to the crazed drugginess of the second book, and the brilliant evocation of the decaying British aristocracy in the third. The subject matter is harrowing, given that it follows a child produced from an awful marriage, on his journey through life, but it is written with laser-sharp wit, with some of the best-written sentences I have seen in modern English novels (the fact that only one was was even nominated for the Booker prize says much to me about the value of that award).
If you could wish to know how the love-child of Evelyn Waugh and PJ Wodehouse would approach this life-story, than I recommend these books to you. To be read, and re-read.
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I was surprised about this book. It had a glossy cover which I didn't expect, and the pages were roughly cut, making it a tactile book to leaf through. Lovely. Having all four novels under one cover was great. It meant that I read them in order and loved every word. Didn't want it to end. The book came immediately and I was very satisfied with my customer 'experience'! ~Thank you Amazon.
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The best novels I've read in years. I can't find superlatives good enough for the quality of the writing - it's painterly, evocative and at the same time has clinical precision. The main protagonist is fascinating; the fact that they are autobiographical and so exposing makes me respect the author for his honesty and emotional authenticity as much as I admire him for his literary gifts.
These novels are going to stand the test of time and be considered important; please read them.
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I agree with another reviewer; buy this collection as it will save you time and money. Melrose is addictive like the substances he enjoys. This is a tremendous story of love and life, elation and depression. It's simply brillantly written and can be read again, and again. One feels for poor Patrick and sympathises with his anxieties. More Melrose please.
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This book was my summer read and a great choice it merged the depths of cruelty to human conciousness with the perfect blue sky and paradise of the beach, a perfect Dante heaven and hell yet it is a story of triumph over adversity, the oldest story of man. Really enjoyed it, beautifully written in a careful elegant style much missed in modern literature.
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Once you start reading the Patrick Melrose novels you'll want to read them all so rather than faffing about with the individual editions get this. I loved the jacketed glossy cover and I loved the rough cut pages which give a satisfying squeak when you open the book. Above all this book is designed so that it can flop open on any page so you can read it hands free, whilst eating etc. I've always preferred American editions.
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This collection makes for a very guilty pleasure - but not because it's bad. Rather, St Aubyn ruminates on serious subjects like child abuse and drug addiction, then plays them for laughs a few paragraphs later. Similarly, the more grotesque the characters, the more likeable they can seem - with even the despicable David maintaining a hold over the reader long after he departs. The writing is often very funny, but my favourite passage was the start of Mother's Milk, which provided a hyper-eloquent baby's beautiful account of being born. The tone across the collection veers rather wildly from seriousness to farce, but I'd heartily recommend it - it may be a five-book bundle, but at fewer than 900 pages it's not too forbidding.
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