Some Hope Paperback
Part of the The Patrick Melrose Novels series
THE THIRD PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL. Patrick Melrose, cleaned-up and world-weary, is a reluctant guest at a glittering party deep in the English countryside.
Amid a crowd of flitting social dragonflies, he finds his search for redemption and capacity for forgiveness challenged by his observation of the cruelties around him.
Armed with his biting wit and a newly fashioned openness, can Patrick, who has been to the furthest limits of experience and back again, find release from the savageries of his childhood?
This title was originally published, along with Never Mind and Bad News, as part of a 3-book package, also called Some Hope.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 06/04/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781447202967
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Review by hazelk
It is a mark of St Aubyn's writing that I almost felt my blood boil at the monstrous upper-class characters assembled at a party deep in the Englsh countryside (in the 70s or 80s?). Could I detach myself enough, I wondered, in order to appreciate what the novelist was doing? And then, in Chapter 9:'They're the last Marxists", said Johnny unexpectedly. 'The last people who believe that class is a total explanation. Long after that doctrine has been abandoned in Moscow and Peking it will continue to flourish under the marquees of England. Although most of them have the courage of a half-eaten worm,' he continued, warming to his theme, 'and the intellectual vigour of dead sheep, they are the true heirs to Marx and Lenin.''You'd better go and tell them,' said Patrick. I think most of them were expecting to inherit a bit of Gloucestershire instead'. At this juncture I started to settle into the book and enjoy the writing. Earlier on I'd been so detached that I'd taken to writing out lists for a 'who's who' in this book as I was confused.To repair himself it is Patrick Melrose who has to 'detach' himself both from the hatred of his father and the stunted love of him: will Patrick be able to release himself into a new life? By the end of the novel there are signs that he's starting to do that and I found that quite touching.St Aubyn is a good stylish writer and I'm now looking forward to his 'Mother's Milk'.