thread for discussion of edward st aubyn;s patrick melrose novels, never mind bad news some hope mother's milk at last

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The general consensus seems to be that all his non-Melrose books are pretty bad: one of those writers who fall apart if they move beyond autobiography.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 03:05 (one year ago) link

The last two Melrose novels are far inferior to the original trilogy, imho.

― Ward Fowler, Monday, June 4, 2018 11:09 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

bullshit, mother's milk is the best one

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 15 June 2018 19:41 (one year ago) link

i was skeptical of the miniseries bc... how necessary are these books without aubyn's sense of patrick's or mary's or robert's interiority? but it's really well done; weirdly my least favorite books of the series work the best, some hope in particular. at last made me cry a lot

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 15 June 2018 19:43 (one year ago) link

only seen the first one, cumberbatch is good!

the bhagwanadook (symsymsym), Saturday, 16 June 2018 02:31 (one year ago) link

Yeah, series was great. Now need to read the books.

Stevolende, Saturday, 16 June 2018 09:10 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I finished At Last, at last. It's very good but does a lot of exposition that would have just been evident from the situations, dialogues or fleeting disconnected or overlapping thoughts in the initial trilogy. Still it is very good and it was helpful for me. A friend said it had done her more good than the therapy she'd been going through.

Mother's Milk is the weakest by some distance and Ward F is correct that both of the final books are a significant drop in quality.

The most amazing thing about finishing the cycle is feeling like there are characters in there (particularly Patrick, of course) that seem as vivid to me as my actual friends. I was in London as I was reading it and fully expected to bump into Partick/ Edward St A.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Monday, 13 August 2018 21:18 (one year ago) link

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