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two loosely interlinked narratives, one (for me) much more persuasive than the other
on 22 September 2012
Two loosely interlinked narratives here, one of a very seriously obese 58-year-old former academic, now house-bound (and his past relationship with a student and developing relationship with a house cleaner), the other of a 17 year old with a mother who drinks and suffers from lupus who has been transplanted from his local school to a very upmarket school across town - and who is great at sport but not at academic work.
I found that I enjoyed a great deal the sections dealing with the former academic, his loneliness and his difficulty in coping with life. This was all delicate and touching. The sections covering the life of the 17 year old, on the other hand, I found rather harder to relate to - rather than being unwelcome and uncomfortable everywhere all the time (which is what I would have somehow anticipated - and we do see a bit of discomfort in the rich environment from time to time), he actually seems to be welcomed in both his home and his new environments as he wrestles with his life.