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The Patrick Melrose Novels: Picador Classic by [St Aubyn, Edward]
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"Parental death, heroin, childhood rape, emotional frigidity, suicide, alcoholism...nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St. Aubyn's world---or more surprising---its philosophical density."---Zadie Smith, "Harper's Magazine

""Tantalizing...A memorable tour de force."---"The New York Times Book Review

""Extraordinary...acidic humor, stiletto-sharp."---Francine Prose

"Intoxicatingly witty."---"The New York Review of Books
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"The most brilliant English novelist of his generation."---Alan Hollinghurst

"Our purest living prose stylist."---"The Guardian (London)
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"A smoldering portrait of a class largely banished from fiction."---James Lasdun

"Exquisitely harrowing entertainment."---Sam Lipsyte

"A spectacularly toxic confection."---"The Village Voice

""Dialogue as amusing as Waugh's and narrative even more deft than Graham Greene's."---Edmund White

"A staggeringly good prose stylist."---"The Times (London)
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"One of the preeminent writers of his generation."---Will Self

"Perversely funny."---"People"



"Like Waugh, St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch...Patrick often seems like a Philip Roth hero transplanted into a world of English privilege...The Patrick Melrose Series forms an exhaustive study of cruelty: its varieties, its motivations, its consequences, its moral implications...At Last is an intelligent and surprising novel, a fitting conclusion to the one of the best fictional cycles in contemporary fiction."--"The Boston Globe"

"Implausibly brilliant speech...The striking gap between, on the one hand, the elegant polish of the narration, the silver rustle of these exquisite sentences, the poised narrowness of the social satire and, on the other hand, the screaming pain of the family violence inflicted on Patrick makes these books some of the strangest of contemporary novels ...This prose, whose repressed English control is admired by everyone from Alan Hollinghurst to Will Self, is drawn inexorably back to a fearful instability, to the nakedness of infancy."--James Wood, "The New Yorker"

"Gorgeous, golden prose...St. Aubyn is utterly fearless when faced with the task of unpacking and anatomizing the inner lives of characters. No emotion is so subtle and fleeting he can't convey it, or so terrifying or shameful that he can't face it."--Lev Grossman, "Time"

"Parental death, heroin, childhood rape, emotional frigidity, suicide, alcoholism...nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St. Aubyn's world---or more surprising---its philosophical density."--Zadie Smith, "Harper's Magazine"

"I read the five Patrick Melrose novels in five days. When I finished, I read them again."--Ann Patchett, "The Guardian
""Extraordinary...acidic humor, stiletto-sharp."--Francine Prose
"Intoxicatingly witty."--"The New York Review of Books
""Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn?"--Brett Easton Ellis
"The most brilliant English novelist of his generation."--Alan Hollinghurst

"Our purest living prose stylist."--"The Guardian" (London)

"A smoldering portrait of a class largely banished from fiction."--James Lasdun

"Exquisitely harrowing entertainment."--Sam Lipsyte

"A spectacularly toxic confection."--"The Village Voice"

"Dialogue as amusing as Waugh's and narrative even more deft than Graham Greene's."--Edmund White

"A staggeringly good prose stylist."--"The Times" (London)

"One of the preeminent writers of his generation."--Will Self

"Perversely funny."--"People "

Like Waugh, St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch Patrick often seems like a Philip Roth hero transplanted into a world of English privilege The Patrick Melrose Series forms an exhaustive study of cruelty: its varieties, its motivations, its consequences, its moral implications At Last is an intelligent and surprising novel, a fitting conclusion to the one of the best fictional cycles in contemporary fiction. "The Boston Globe"

Implausibly brilliant speech The striking gap between, on the one hand, the elegant polish of the narration, the silver rustle of these exquisite sentences, the poised narrowness of the social satire and, on the other hand, the screaming pain of the family violence inflicted on Patrick makes these books some of the strangest of contemporary novels This prose, whose repressed English control is admired by everyone from Alan Hollinghurst to Will Self, is drawn inexorably back to a fearful instability, to the nakedness of infancy. "James Wood, The New Yorker"

Gorgeous, golden prose St. Aubyn is utterly fearless when faced with the task of unpacking and anatomizing the inner lives of characters. No emotion is so subtle and fleeting he can't convey it, or so terrifying or shameful that he can't face it. "Lev Grossman, Time"

Parental death, heroin, childhood rape, emotional frigidity, suicide, alcoholism nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St. Aubyn's world---or more surprising---its philosophical density. "Zadie Smith, Harper's Magazine"

I read the five Patrick Melrose novels in five days. When I finished, I read them again. "Ann Patchett, The Guardian"

Extraordinary acidic humor, stiletto-sharp. "Francine Prose"

Intoxicatingly witty. "The New York Review of Books"

Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn? "Brett Easton Ellis"

The most brilliant English novelist of his generation. "Alan Hollinghurst"

Our purest living prose stylist. "The Guardian (London)"

A smoldering portrait of a class largely banished from fiction. "James Lasdun"

Exquisitely harrowing entertainment. "Sam Lipsyte"

A spectacularly toxic confection. "The Village Voice"

Dialogue as amusing as Waugh's and narrative even more deft than Graham Greene's. "Edmund White"

A staggeringly good prose stylist. "The Times (London)"

One of the preeminent writers of his generation. "Will Self"

Perversely funny. "People""

"Like Waugh, St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch...Patrick often seems like a Philip Roth hero transplanted into a world of English privilege...The Patrick Melrose Series forms an exhaustive study of cruelty: its varieties, its motivations, its consequences, its moral implications...At Last is an intelligent and surprising novel, a fitting conclusion to the one of the best fictional cycles in contemporary fiction." --The Boston Globe

"Implausibly brilliant speech...The striking gap between, on the one hand, the elegant polish of the narration, the silver rustle of these exquisite sentences, the poised narrowness of the social satire and, on the other hand, the screaming pain of the family violence inflicted on Patrick makes these books some of the strangest of contemporary novels ...This prose, whose repressed English control is admired by everyone from Alan Hollinghurst to Will Self, is drawn inexorably back to a fearful instability, to the nakedness of infancy." --James Wood, The New Yorker

"Gorgeous, golden prose...St. Aubyn is utterly fearless when faced with the task of unpacking and anatomizing the inner lives of characters. No emotion is so subtle and fleeting he can't convey it, or so terrifying or shameful that he can't face it." --Lev Grossman, Time

"Parental death, heroin, childhood rape, emotional frigidity, suicide, alcoholism...nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St. Aubyn's world---or more surprising---its philosophical density." --Zadie Smith, Harper's Magazine

"I read the five Patrick Melrose novels in five days. When I finished, I read them again." --Ann Patchett, The Guardian

"Extraordinary...acidic humor, stiletto-sharp." --Francine Prose

"Intoxicatingly witty." --The New York Review of Books

"Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn?" --Brett Easton Ellis

"The most brilliant English novelist of his generation." --Alan Hollinghurst

"Our purest living prose stylist." --The Guardian (London)

"A smoldering portrait of a class largely banished from fiction." --James Lasdun

"Exquisitely harrowing entertainment." --Sam Lipsyte

"A spectacularly toxic confection." --The Village Voice

"Dialogue as amusing as Waugh's and narrative even more deft than Graham Greene's." --Edmund White

"A staggeringly good prose stylist." --The Times (London)

"One of the preeminent writers of his generation." --Will Self

"Perversely funny." --People

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The dark but witty The Patrick Melrose Novels charts the life story of the highly dysfunctional, upper-class Patrick, together in one volume.

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  • Print Length: 871 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (16 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012TS11LW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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Coming late to the Melrose novels has its advantages - reading the five books in quick succession allows you to immerse yourself in the story and hold the threads together as the large cast of characters age, often disgracefully. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, (has there ever been a father as monstrous and compelling as David Melrose?), the sheer quality and beauty of the writing is dazzling. The box set is a thing of beauty in itself (I started reading the sequence on Kindle and quickly realised it was so good that only proper books would do).
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I came to these books all at once, having bought the set on impulse. Three of the books no longer fit into the beautifully produced box, as I spent 3 weeks devouring them on holiday (salt-water never kind to books). The first book is a shock, leading to the crazed drugginess of the second book, and the brilliant evocation of the decaying British aristocracy in the third. The subject matter is harrowing, given that it follows a child produced from an awful marriage, on his journey through life, but it is written with laser-sharp wit, with some of the best-written sentences I have seen in modern English novels (the fact that only one was was even nominated for the Booker prize says much to me about the value of that award).
If you could wish to know how the love-child of Evelyn Waugh and PJ Wodehouse would approach this life-story, than I recommend these books to you. To be read, and re-read.
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Once you start reading the Patrick Melrose novels you'll want to read them all so rather than faffing about with the individual editions get this. I loved the jacketed glossy cover and I loved the rough cut pages which give a satisfying squeak when you open the book. Above all this book is designed so that it can flop open on any page so you can read it hands free, whilst eating etc. I've always preferred American editions.
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I was surprised about this book. It had a glossy cover which I didn't expect, and the pages were roughly cut, making it a tactile book to leaf through. Lovely. Having all four novels under one cover was great. It meant that I read them in order and loved every word. Didn't want it to end. The book came immediately and I was very satisfied with my customer 'experience'! ~Thank you Amazon.
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I must have read a profile of the author & bought the first book & finally read it on a work flight. I found the end third hard to read, as I have a son the same age as the lead protagonist, but I saw it through as the author writes some beautiful, Wildian, sentences & phrases. I didn't think I'd continue the series, but then read a detailed New Yorker piece on Edward St Aubyn & that made me buy & consume the rest. It's fascinating to realise so much of the character's life is autobiographical & it's a painful but uplifting story. I loved it - and am looking forward to the final book hopefully delivering some form of peace & redemption for Patrick - however I'm glad I can now move onto something more lighthearted & benign.
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The best novels I've read in years. I can't find superlatives good enough for the quality of the writing - it's painterly, evocative and at the same time has clinical precision. The main protagonist is fascinating; the fact that they are autobiographical and so exposing makes me respect the author for his honesty and emotional authenticity as much as I admire him for his literary gifts.
These novels are going to stand the test of time and be considered important; please read them.
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This collection makes for a very guilty pleasure - but not because it's bad. Rather, St Aubyn ruminates on serious subjects like child abuse and drug addiction, then plays them for laughs a few paragraphs later. Similarly, the more grotesque the characters, the more likeable they can seem - with even the despicable David maintaining a hold over the reader long after he departs. The writing is often very funny, but my favourite passage was the start of Mother's Milk, which provided a hyper-eloquent baby's beautiful account of being born. The tone across the collection veers rather wildly from seriousness to farce, but I'd heartily recommend it - it may be a five-book bundle, but at fewer than 900 pages it's not too forbidding.
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Am two books in to this and find the second one a struggle ! But am persevering because of the quality of the writing . Felt sympathy for the small boy . Hope to like him better in book Three !
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