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Well written. Second read shows a slanted perspective and raises questions as to the authenticity of some of the material.
on 29 April 2016
Ooh questions, questions, questions! This is my second reading.... whilst it reads well first time, non-put-downable, scepticism creeps in on the second read. Gerry Agar seems like a terrier with a bone about Michael's drug taking. From reading up on the subject it would seem that Michael was attempting to clean up his act, despite the press intrusion. Occasional cocaine dalliances but it was mostly Prozac that he was taking to cure his depression. That 1996 drug raid is a little suspicious. Was the heroin packet added? All that - Michael asked me to check the contents of the Mr Kipper parcel - PLEASE!!! Was the whole thing a set up? I think the press intrusion and pressure is well documented. Agar seemed surprised that Michael no longer liked Anita after her refusal to support Paula at the custody trial... well, all along she had encouraged Paula to leave Bob, for reasons documented and when it came to backing Paula up (as the only person who could) she refused. From all that has been said about Michael, it would seem that he would see this as unfair and not being truthful. He would have been upset by this. So it was not surprising that he went off Anita! There's something that doesn't quite add up about that drug raid. But, who am I, Miss Marple? There's still something intrinsically puzzling about Michael's demise... Did he still love Paula, or was he trying to escape ... perhaps a bit of both. Perhaps it was one mixed up jumble. But it seemed he was desperate to see Paula. And desperate to see Tiger. What was it that Bob had revealed to him in that phone call? Or Paula? This book gives a good insight into some of the goings on of the Paula/Michael/Bob triangle. I don't think the full implication of Michael's head injury in 1991, it's debilitating influence and it's capacity to ignite a rage episode is described in enough medical jargon and detail. Michael had obviously gone through a lot to cure it, but perhaps that final phone call caused an insurmountable, indefatigable storm that Michael couldn't calm.
This book, for me, raises the question: Were Michael and Paula really soul mates? Perhaps in a temporary Cathy/Heathcliff manner, so intense it would have/had burned itself out or perhaps they would have sorted their differences and lived happily ever after. Perhaps, Michael needed someone funny, yes, but someone who loved him enough to rally with his family, and friends to offer him support as well.