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The Silver Linings Playbook Paperback – 1 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330456849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330456845
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (583 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Once hooked this sensitive tale is very haunting.'
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'This bittersweet debut comedy has caught the imagination of thousands of readers and some film executives. Expect to hear more about this writer.'
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'A delightful debut... laugh-out-loud... a smart, touching, quirky read.'
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When I first started reading this book, I didn't quite know what to make of it, particularly the narrator, Pat - I found myself getting slightly irritated with him. But his sweetness and innocence grew on me, and I realised after the first chapter that I was turning the pages with my fingers crossed for him.

The story begins with Pat leaving a mental institution and trying to return to normal life, into a family which has been devastated by his incarceration. He is desperate, with a childish simplicity by turns endearing and exasperating, to get back with his ex wife, Nikki and his whole life focuses on this. But why did they really split up? And where did Pat's mental problems begin? What is the real problem with Tiffany, his new friend with her own mental and emotional difficulties?

This book is easy to read: it's very simply written, yet the matters it deals with are complex. At times I was laughing out loud, at others I had tears in my eyes. The author takes away the stigma of mental illness and you warm to his characters. While Pat is the narrator, his friends and family have their own smaller story to tell about what happened and how it has affected them. You come away from the book feeling slightly better for having known them, and for those with limited experience, perhaps a little more perception of mental illness. I look forward to reading another by this perceptive and gentle author.
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I really enjoyed this book. Although it's fairly apparent what the plot is going to be pretty much from the first page, it's written in such an engaging style with such likable and believable characters you get drawn in to the story.

The story follows the recovery of Pat, who is suffering from mental health problems following the breakdown of his marriage. The breakdown has transformed Pat, and despite his problems (including a perfectly understandable aversion to singer Kenny G) he is recovering. The story contrasts the slightly immoral personalities of the 'sane' people in his life with the higher physical and mental standards Pat now feels he has to attain and maintain in order to win back his wife. That makes it sound rather worthy and heavy going, but it's a very funny book and light and easy reading while at the same time managing to ask that old question 'what does sanity actually mean?'

Highly recommended.
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Pat Peoples is just out of `the Bad Place' - an institution where he's been for the past four years after a massive breakdown. He believes his life is a movie written and directed by God. He has a terror of Kenny G who haunts him in the night. He's lost his life and his home, and only lives to build the perfect body so he can win back his beloved wife, Nikki.

Pat is so angsty and damaged and utterly adorable. He knows he `screwed up' before with his rages and selfish demands. Now he only wants to 'practice kindness' as he moves through his small world, making friends wherever he goes - with his mom and his football-crazy brothers, with his analyst Cliff and his friends, the equally football-crazy, all-Indian, Asian Invasion Bus. Even with his sister-in-law, the deranged Tiffany, who, it seems, everyone thinks would be the perfect partner for him.

Hilariously funny, touching, delightful and heart-breaking, and possibly the best book I've read this year.
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I went to see the film adaptation of this novel last month, absolutely loved it and then the friend I went with went on to buy me the book.

The book and the film are very similar, protagonist Pat has been in a psychiatric facility for some time when his mother calls time on it and checks him out. Post-breakdown Pat has a new philosophy : he is determined to look for silver linings and happy endings and he's going to turn himself into the perfect husband to his wife Nikki. The thing is, Nikki is nowhere to be seen, there's more than one restraining order in place, and what exactly happened to send Pat to "the bad place" is never spoken of. Living not quite in-step with reality, Pat strikes up a friendship with the equally damaged Tiffany.

The film of this book made me howl with laughter and was really popular with the audience I was in, and the film has been true to the book in the sense that it recreates some of the books best moments like "the Hemingway scene". This is however among some of the rare cases where film beats book, the book gets dragged down by the sporting side of the narrative, players and scores etc, in a way that the film doesn't, and is so well acted that it is easier to take the characters into your heart.

The differences towards the end give the book the edge in terms of realism, and particularly Pat's struggle with the concept of time is left out of the film presumably because it would be hard to express visually, but adds weight to the extent of his delusion in the book yet ultimately for me the heartwarming humorous film is a 10/10 but the book is only a 7.
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US author, Matthew Quick's SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is an accomplished first novel and deserves to sell by the shelf-load. It is also an exceptionally easy book to read and is suffused with humour and compassion. I read it in about 4 sittings, and when I wasn't actually reading it, I was thinking about it. The deceptively simple style of the prose conceals an impressive depth and literate quality.

Written in the first person (a diary, we are later told) Pat Peoples tells us his story in a functional, unfussy, straight-faced voice that manages to ironically reveal the underlying truths of his states of mind. There is a naively adolescent simplicity to Pat's writing in that he treats himself and his quest to end "apart time" with his estranged wife with deadly, focused seriousness.

An ex-high school teacher in his 30's who was committed to a mental institution for an unspecified period of time, Pat begins the novel returning to the home of his parents to live in their basement. His intention is to develop himself both physically and mentally in preparation for the end of his separation with his wife Nikki. This he does by exercising obsessively and reading various classics of American literature (THE GREAT GATSBY, THE SCARLET LETTER, THE BELL JAR etc). His muscular development is clearly extraordinary as he goes for daily ten mile runs and has hours-long weight-lifting sessions. At one point someone compares him to Arnold Schwarzanegger.

Pat believes life is identical to Hollywood films. The lesson he's taken from them is that while life can appear hard and painful, if you work and believe hard enough in your goal the happy ending is inevitable. He finds himself challenged by the books he reads as they do not seem to share this idyllic position.
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