- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1546 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Tinder Press (5 Jan. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0789H24T5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 23 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Gale's novels grip tightly, like swaddling clothes, stunning the reader into a state of lolling, contented absorption. How does he do it?, TLS --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The plot is completely ridiculous - particularly the whole thing with the baby. You cannot pick up a baby off the street and be told to keep it by the health service! The storyline with Sumitra and her crush is also peculiar. The characters are utterly unlikeable and I felt no sympathy with them whatsoever. There was no cohesiveness and no point to the story. The writing is laboured and self-conscious and trying far too hard to be 'literary'. Gale is perfectly capable of writing a good plot with characters you care about, but for some reason this time he hasn't.
Sometimes when you really dislike a book you can see how others may like it, but I can't even do that. I can see it has some good reviews so I'll read them to understand what I missed!
I would recommend Gale as an author in general but this book is not typical and should be avoided unless you like nonsensical, unenjoyable stories with horrible people in them.
This novel, named after a line in a song :'(I'm in love with) A Wonderful Guy' from the musical 'South Pacific' is a very short read, but it is an enjoyable one. As always with novels from Patrick Gale, this is beautifully written with characters you become involved with and care about. I found Hilary a sympathetic, endearingly human character and I was also very interested in Evelyn, Hilary's elderly godmother, who, unfortunately, makes only a fleeting appearance in the book. Henry is not quite such an endearing character and she does not evoke immediate sympathy, but I did find her an intriguing person and I would have liked the author to have developed her character further - in fact I would have enjoyed reading more about all of the main characters' inner lives and motivations and I felt the brevity of the novel prevented the author from developing this story into something even more interesting and enjoyable than it undeniably already is. That said, Patrick Gale is an excellent writer; his wonderful prose is always a pleasure to read and I really enjoyed this story, galloping through it from start to finish and sorry to turn the last page. I am now keen to start another of the author's novels: The Cat Sanctuary which I have buried somewhere on my ever-growing 'to be read' mountain.
Also recommended from the same author: A Perfectly Good Man ; Notes from an Exhibition and Ease
The plot was too fraught, the characters dated and a bit silly and I wasn't transported as I have often been with this novel.
The characters and narrative are good, but just as it gets going it abruptly ends, as if he got bored of it and put it down unfinished.
And what's it got to do with Kansas?