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5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Patrick Melrose Trilogy, 12 April 2011
This review is from: Never Mind (Paperback)
"Never Mind" is the first book in the Patrick Melrose Trilogy. When we first meet Patrick, he is only five years old and is living in the South of France with his father, David, and his mother Eleanor. David Melrose is a vicious, cruel man, a bully and an utter snob. Having married Eleanor for her money, he reduces her to a drunken wreck. Into this unhappy house a group of people are converging for a dinner party and some of these characters appear in other books. Although this is a fairly short novel, it is apparent that Patrick really stands very little chance of emerging unscathed from the brutal neglect he encounters, either emotionally or physically, from the adults around him. As a portrait of the minor aristocracy, it does not paint a pretty picture, and their self belief that they are so superior clashes with their truly awful behaviour. Edward St Aubyn is a masterful author and I doubt that anybody could read this book and not wish to know what happens next. "Bad News" is the second book, taking Patrick into his early twenties. One of the amazing things about these novels is how badly everyone behaves and yet, somehow, the author makes us care about these dreadful people. It is a little like passing a car crash and not being able to look away. You hope, somehow, that disaster will be averted. Perhaps it is because Patrick had no choice in the matter of his birth and somehow, we hope he will survive his parents. The Patrick Melrose books can be read as stand alone novels, but in my opinion, they are best read in order and, to understand Patrick, this portrait of his father is a must read. Enjoy if you have never read it before, it's a wonderful and compelling book. The three books in the trilogy are also published together in, The Patrick Melrose Trilogy. These three books are also followed by Mother's Milk and the final book will be At Last.
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