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5.0 out of 5 stars What a writer!, 22 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Parasites (VMC) (Paperback)
Maybe the people who didn't like this book are irritated by the fact that it can't be classified. No it's not a mystery, so there isn't a gripping plot in the normal sense. It some ways it's a family drama, or is it a satire...in many ways it's a psychology book!

If you can't see yourself in these three main characters you'll certainly some of your friends - and although the characters come from a spoilt middle class arty background, privilege isn't the real issue.

Everyone talks about how the problems of low self-esteem these days - so take a look at Niall. A man with an unequalled talent for writing hit pop songs. But whether because of his upbringing or his nature, he cannot take any pleasure in his success or his talent, believing that he "should" be able to write "real" music -symphonies and the like. Take note, Paul McCartney - no more cod classical please!

Or Maria. Someone so up herself she can't be any kind of mother to her kids, dependent on adulation and doing her own thing. Watch out, you Primrose Hill mothers. Think twice before you pack your kids off to boarding school!

Celia is the most sympathetic. How many of us have made excuses for not developing our talents by always "being of service to others". The chapter where she discovers that a medical problem means she will never be able to have children was incredibly moving. As a male, it was the first time I've ever understood what that might mean to a woman. Don't delay, grasp life today!

The book is also very funny in many places. People are the same despite class and chronology of birth. This book chronicles human relationships, aspirations and laziness in a unique way.

Don't miss it!
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