Catching the Sun Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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‘Simmering beneath the dazzling sunlight there are gritty undercurrents aplenty’ Express
‘The prose seamlessly pulls you along…a lasting novel about belief and longing’ Daily Mirror
‘A love letter to Thailand’ BBC
‘ … a simple yet effective story, exploring the incessant search for happiness and what people will do to secure it’ Irish Examiner
‘Tony Parson's great skill is that he can cut to the core of relationships’ The Book Bag
‘[The Finn Family] soon discover the start truth behind the tourist-brochure ‘holiday paradise’ image, before emerging emotionally stronger from the strains of their relocation’ Sunday Times
About the Author
Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy , winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels – One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell, My Favourite Wife, Starting Over and Men from the Boys were all bestsellers. In summer 2011 he was Writer-in-Residence at London Heathrow, and his first book of short stories, Departures, is based on the experience. He has written a novella about pirates for Quick Reads – Beyond the Bounty.
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This book leaves the reader feeling frustrated as though having been invited to a friend's house and then ignored for the duration. We don't get to know the characters as we are given nothing. The characterisation is one dimensional and repetitive. The style is rather like reportage with some overblown descriptions of place. The storyline provides lots of opportunities to develop the main characters which are systematically ignored, sometimes blatantly. How could the author tell us that the main character is bitten by a gibbon and then proceed to tell us that the gibbon is to be tested for HIV but follow with absolutely nothing of what Tom might feel or think about such a situation? There is no depth. The first page tells us that Rory is lying on his front in the sand with a book in his lap! How does that work then? Was there an editor at HarperCollins looking after this book, or was it an experiment in publishing a book without an editor? We are also given rudimentary and patronising lessons in the societal issues of Thai beach culture, such as how the bar girls are exploited by rich foreign businessmen, yes thanks I think we knew that. I could go on but you get my drift. Disappointing.
Here's the story to save you some time and money: The family had some problems in the UK so chose to live in Thailand for a while ... we note that Thailand is different to the UK ... some (mostly unlikely) events took place, and without any particular good reason they decide to go back home.
There is little depth to the characters and the story unfolds with many cliches and things that just do not make sense.
I found it really hard to believe what the author ws trying to tell me. Disappointed.
No doubt I will still pre-order the next and await in anticipation for delivery, I just hope he is back to his best.
Catching the Sun is a thinly-veiled attack on Britain in the most stereotypical, hackneyed fashion - an attempt, on Parsons' part, of tapping into the currently trending notion that Britain is faulty, spineless and populated with crazed youths out to kill the middle classes. For a writer of his talents, I was deeply disappointed with the quality of the plot, the writing and the characterisation on display in this book. It can't even be described as harmless holiday fluff, because I think Parsons does Thailand, as well as the UK, a disservice here too, in his reliance on stereotypes (nasty Thai prisons, Thai brides, women besotted with Western money, almost feral children in need of teaching), etc - really rather unsavoury, lazy stuff.Read more ›
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I can't understand all the negative comments about this wonderful Book: I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the characters and the prose. Thoroughly recommendedPublished 2 months ago by Don
As always with Tony Parsons, this was an easy book to read. Not an over complicated plot, but just enough to keep the pages turning. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TONY M FISHER
Read on holiday, fantastic book, would read again. Love Tony Parsons book, read most.Published 6 months ago by Loret
Have read at least 3 of Tony Parson's books and enjoyed all of them ,but found this story very boring ,and did not enjoy it at all .Very disappointed .Published 23 months ago by I.R. Evans.