Mother's Milk (The Patrick Melrose Novels #4)
THE FOURTH PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL
The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught up in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife Mary consumed by motherhood, his mother in thrall to a New Age foundation, and his young son Robert understanding far more than he should. But even as the family struggl...more
The writer veers between perspectives, writing from the viewpoints of several of the novel's characters. My greatest enjoyment came f ...more
Sometimes, when he was lying in bed, a single word like 'fear' or 'infinity' flicked the roof off the house and sucked him up into the night, ...more
This: “’Oh, darling…are you your own worst enemy?’
‘I certainly hope so…I dread to think that would happen if somebody else turned out to be better at it than me’.”
Bad News is a tour de force of writing and experience - that is the emptiest of reviews, so I would just say, go and read it. You feel drowned in someone else's perception.
Some Hope made me feel ...more
What I could not ever entirely get past, though, was how awful EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THESE FUCKING BOOKS is. ...more
"A New York Times Notable Book, Mother’s Milk is a brilliantly stylish and witty novel by a master of modern British fiction. Widely acclaimed in the United States and the UK, Mother’s Milk follows the Melroses, the same family featured in St. Aubyn’s trilogy, Some Hope. First we meet Robert, who provides an exceptionally droll an ...more
This book is a very banal, rather pastoral look at family of narcissists. It's probably ...more
Fabulous family story dealing, as the title implies, with mothers; the beginnings and the ends of lives, and the complications in between. Fabulously readable from the first page. I liked the changing viewpoints, long sections to start with and then muddling up as the story got more involved. I didn't like some of the cha ...more
If you want to sum up Mother's Milk in a few lines, then the first stanza of Philip Larkin's This Be the Verse does a great job:
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
Mother's Milk is ultimately about parenthood but things go much deeper than that.
Patrick Melrose is now forty and entering a mid life crisis. He has the responsibility of being a father and considering that he was the product of a ...more
Basically, Main character's mother is not going to leave him the country house in France. Well, we all know how that feels, don't we? Mummy, my champagne's warm.
Also fouund St Aubyn to be too muuch of a stylist for me, and his subject of upper middle class, middle age doubt too interior and I didn't connect.
If I had to pick one word in order to describe "Mother's Milk", it would definitely be 'uninspired'.
Loved the kids particularly, who say just what's on their mind. And I loved the style. St Aubyn has the m ...more
His first novel, ‘Never Mind’ (1992) won the Betty Trask award. This no ...more