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This review is from: The Whole Day Through (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed Patrick Gale's 'Notes from an Exhibition' so looked forward to reading 'The Whole Day Through'. Sadly, I was left disappointed.
Laura and Ben were lovers during their student days, and find themselves reunited some years later. Laura has had to return from Paris to care for her elderly mother, whilst Ben has sought work locally as a consultant in genitourinary medicine in order to care for his younger brother who has Down's syndrome.
The book apparently follows a day in their lives, alternating between their perspectives. However, I often lost track of which events were current, and which were flashbacks, and found myself increasingly frustrated with Ben and Laura. For me the most interesting character was Laura's mother - the redoubtable Professor Jellicoe, who is struggling with the dual challenges of physical ageing and being 'put out to pasture' by the academic world, whilst her mind remains as sharp as ever.
Despite the frustrations, I enjoyed the story book, but the ending frankly left me wondering why I'd bothered...