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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming story with wit and twists
Ease is the story of Domina, a successful playwright who needs inspiration for her next writing. She moves to London to escape her bitchy friend and long term partner, looking for ideas and adventure. She moves into a bed sit and the story is the tale of what and who she finds there.

Gale's characterisations are witty and dynamic as usual and there are smacks...
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by that's what it's all about

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3.0 out of 5 stars An uneasy start to his writing career
An apprentice work by a great writer. Excellent episodes but unsatisfactory overall - too straining for effect and dependent on coincidence. His later work is very different.
Published 14 months ago by Martin Edward Payne


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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming story with wit and twists, 17 Sep 2009
This review is from: Ease (Paperback)
Ease is the story of Domina, a successful playwright who needs inspiration for her next writing. She moves to London to escape her bitchy friend and long term partner, looking for ideas and adventure. She moves into a bed sit and the story is the tale of what and who she finds there.

Gale's characterisations are witty and dynamic as usual and there are smacks of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. I was also reminded of John Irving's Prayer For Owen Meany due to the twist at the end (which I won't reveal) and how this links back to something we already know about the characters. I really didn't see it coming!

A thoroughly enjoyable read from early Gale and, although not like his more recent offerings, every bit as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Amusing, 17 April 2012
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Domina Tey, an award-winning playwright in her late thirties, lives with her long term partner, Randy, a talented writer, in a beautiful house in The Paragon in Clifton. She has a life of ease: evenings spent in Covent Garden for the opera, dining out with friends, shopping in the best boutiques and then dropping into Fortnum's for Earl Grey tea and cinnamon toast; Domina is a fortunate woman and she knows it. But Domina is not entirely happy; life is too easy. To inject a little danger into her life, she stops taking her contraceptive pill - without Randy's knowledge - but this is not enough; she is feeling stifled and this is affecting her creative energy. Her solution is to pack up her typewriter, move out of her beautiful home and find a bedsit in Bayswater to rent so that she can experience just a little degradation and hopefully gather material for her next play.

Patrick Gale's 'Ease' is the story of Domina's few weeks spent in Bayswater and of the characters she meets in the dilapidated Victorian house where she rents her bedsitting room. There is her landlady, Tilly, an ex-mortician and: "..a plump creature with frizzed, reddish hair and a face like a dried dumpling"; there is Avril, a middle-aged writer who spends her evenings in Piccadilly chatting to rent boys as research for her book; there is Thierry, a young Frenchman who takes Domina to a gay bar for her entertainment; and then there is Quintus Harding, a young history student who is considering becoming a monk, but who finds Domina intriguingly attractive.

This slim novel is Patrick Gale's second book and I read in a broadsheet paper how Gale, when interviewed, commented that he is a little embarrassed by his earlier books; well I don't think he should be. Admittedly this novel is not perfect; the writing occasionally feels like the author is trying to find his style and, naturally, it is not as accomplished as Gale's more impressive later works; but, on the whole, I really enjoyed this novel; I found it interesting, entertaining and, apart from a very sad event about which I cannot say more for fear of spoiling the story, I found it very amusing and galloped my way through the entire book in a single sitting. If I were to compare this book with Gale's later work, especially his latest:A Perfectly Good Man then I might have to be strict and score this book 3 Stars, but if I were to score purely by entertainment factor, I would have to award this book at least 4 Stars.

So it's 4 Stars then.

Also recommended by the same author: A Perfectly Good Man and Notes from an Exhibition
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3.0 out of 5 stars An uneasy start to his writing career, 20 May 2013
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An apprentice work by a great writer. Excellent episodes but unsatisfactory overall - too straining for effect and dependent on coincidence. His later work is very different.
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