- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (24 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007465084
- ISBN-13: 978-0007465088
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Perfectly Good Man Paperback – 24 May 2012
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‘Guaranteed to give the reader a warm glow’ Independent
‘Warm and humane, this novel is beautifully written’ The Times
‘This being Gale there’s a compelling tale to be told … a convincing, moving account of man’s struggle with faith, marriage and morality’ Sunday Times
‘The unfolding nightmare for all the family of the consequences of adopting are exquisitely and painfully documented… The final chapter left me with a lump in my throat’ Salley Vickers, Guardian
‘At his best, Gale is an effortlessly elastic storyteller, a writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust’ Julie Myerson, Observer
About the Author
Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. His most recent novels are The Whole Day Through and the Richard & Judy bestseller Notes from an Exhibition.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, it does get a little complex and the focus on Barnaby Johnson, the main character, a Cornish parish priest in a smallish village, feels a little decentralised. The intriguing topic of assisted suicide which opens the novel is also abandoned in the flurry of narratives and social drama revolving around Barnaby, his dependable wife Dot and their children, Carrie and Jim that take over soon after the first chapter, such that it feels like the novel climaxed a little too early on.
Set in against an idyllic and pastoral backdrop, it is nonetheless to Gale's credit that when he inserts an odious character like Modest Carlsson into the mix, he does not overdo the villainy but instead show how evil can lurk in a safe environment and spread its disease in frighteningly insidious ways. The subtlety of Gale's portrayal of Modest makes him one of the most interestingly vile characters I have come across recently and it gives me a chill every time he makes an appearance in a character's narrative.
Lastly, Gale's prose is strikingly fluid and unpretentious, and he has a very keen eye on the nuances of character traits, which in a novel with a large cast of characters, is supremely important.
I can do no more than recommend them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the characters to be so complex that throughout the book they remained veiled and without depth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colin Hutchinson
Slow, difficult to piece story together through changing narrative viewpoints. Does not have the force of A Place Called Winter which I could hardly put down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by pennyplain
Each chapter is written from a different characters point of view at a differing moment in time in their life and become almost like individual standalone short stories. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Readitmakesyouhappy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially as I live in the west country and Cornwall is close to my heart. Barnaby was sucha lovely man, I empathized with all the characters.Published 6 months ago by Sarah Chaffe
Patrick gale really gets under the skin of his characters. He brings them to life, slowly fleshing them out as the book progresses.Published 6 months ago by yvonne tomlin
Definitely a book to stick with, as it wanders all over the place in time, but by doing so links characters and makes sense of the events in it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Linedancer
Patrick Gale writes exactly the kind of books I love to read and happily for me there are still a few to enjoy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jan Andersson
I enjoyed this book. The characters are very believable and their tragedies are moving. It is well written and held my interest throughout. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joe Edge T