Passing Go Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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'tender, funny insightful . . . warm, clever and thought-provoking' The Big Issue
A whirlwind of contemporary social issues . . . an extreme and entertaining picture of modern urban life. How Libby Purves manages to weave all this into a comedy, I don't know. But she does. (Philippa Boston, Daily Mail)
An author who tackles difficult contemporary issues with insight and compassion. Expect the unexpected in PASSING GO, a tale for our times. (West Lancashire Evening Gazette)
Humorous and touching (Good Housekeeping)
Libby Purves has excelled herself with this portrait of a dysfunctional clan, which is as full of sharp observations, insight and humour as her readers will have come to expect (Christina Koning, Times)
Purves ties up this tale with her usual skill . . . a modern fable with an old-fashioned message of tolerance and humanity at its core. (Play)
Both comic and poignant, the late of the magnificently dysfunctional Keaney family (West Lancashire Evening Gazette)
Urban life depicted in a most revealing way (Manchester Evening News)
An astute tale of modern middle-class family breakdown and role reversals. An urban sitcom turned upside-down (The Scotsman)
sharply observed, thought-provoking, witty - and ultimately optimistic and, indeed, heart-warming (East Anglian Daily Times)
A funny, startling but ultimately hopeful novel of twenty-first century city lives.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Perhaps most importantly, this book may come to be regarded as a milestone in people's increasing understanding and tolerance of those who happen to be different. It probably would not have been published even a few years ago, an encouraging sign that society is moving towards a time when it will truly "celebrate diversity".
Ms Purves also seems to be striving for a contemporary year-2000 feel - the Tracey Emin-type daughter the son who is a dot-com millionaire - but this actually makes the novel feel somewhat dated in 2001. In my opinion the novel's central emotional focus should the relationship between Roy, Helen and their children - especially Zachary - but the family quickly disintegrates and the later reconcilation between Roy and his older children is meaningless and shallow. It seems that Libby Purves was aiming at social comedy (to go by the cover of the novel) which I suppose is a critic's way of saying the novel starts out with realistic characters with an identificable lifestyle only to degenerate into a farce with more and more eccentric characters being introduced who succeed only in irritating the reader and distracting from what should be the central focus of the book.