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Notes from an Exhibition by [Gale, Patrick]
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‘I was completely enthralled by "Notes from an Exhibition." Patrick's Gale's prose grows ever more acrobatic and heartstopping, though somehow he never seems to be showing off. And few writers have grasped the twisted dynamics of family the way Gale has. There's really no one he can't inhabit, understand and forgive.’ Armistead Maupin

'All the characters are dimensional and heartbreaking. It is a book saturated with love and humanity. And it has a great last line.' Barbara Gowdy

'Poised and pitch–perfect throughout, this is an engrossing portrait of a troubled and remarkable character. A fine writer at the top of his game.' Mail on Sunday

'This is an uplifting, immensely empathetic novel, and Gale's prose, as ever is as clear and bright as the Cornish light.' Guardian

'A tender, powerful novel.' The Gloss

'This is a book full of insight, intelligence and quiet humour familiar from his previous masterpiece, “Rough Music”.' Image magazine

'Gale moves seamlessly between different characters, and from past to present, so we never the narrative thrust. An excellent summer read.' Psychologies magazine

'His sense of place is utterly coherent and he makes the background easy to navigate…the writing itself is so unpretentious, and Gale brings such patience and generosity to the story, that one cannot help but respond to his uplifting faith in human nature.' New Statesman

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`This is an uplifting, immensely empathetic novel, and Gale's prose, as ever is as clear and bright as the Cornish light.'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9J6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 270 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2013
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The story is told through the device of the exhibition notes describing the art at a posthumous exhibition of the work of Rachel. Rachel has suffered from bi-polar disorder and the novel weaves back and forth through time highlighting the impact of her illness not only on Rachel but also on her family, particularly her children.

The characters are beautifully drawn, believable and I loved the economical writing style. There are some lovely turns of phrase that in just a few words conjure up a character. A son drifts "in the upper half of the under-achievers" and later is described as "worryingly like a wife". Elsewhere Rachel's gentle, kind husband Antony is described as "the unchanging pavement under Rachel's weather". The mother of three children by three different men is "a notorious slapper in both senses".

All told a very satisfying read which raises various issues. Some things aren't neatly resolved at the end which would normally drive me to distraction. Here though this adds to the novel rather than being a negative, allowing for differing interpretations. I read this for a book group and it was interesting to hear the different 'takes' on certain aspects.
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I have recently discovered this author having read Winter which I enjoyed. This charming and heart warming tale is an easy read but full of rich descriptions allowing the reader to immerse themselves as the story unfolds.
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Utterly wonderful book. I re-read it at least once a year and never fail to find more in it than before. Heartbreakingly-beautiful writing and an emotionally satisfying story with characters who will stay with you long after the last page.
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Read this book a while ago now: just picked up on reviewing. I enjoyed it immensely, Gale creates compelling, complex characters and keeps you turning pages to see how their problems resolve. One to read thoughtfully.
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Gale has a gift for weaving the ordinary into a fascinating tale. I look forward to reading the next one.
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A refreshingly unusual story. However, I found the narrative rather disjointed.
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Another brilliant story from Patrick Gale.
Wonderful.
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I had heard about this book on 'A Good Read' on Radio 4 and thought it sounded interesting. I have fond memories of Cornwall and so thought that it would make me feel comfortable in the plot (and thinking). It was not entirely what I had expected but I enjoyed reading it enormously and getting to know the extraordinary family.
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