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Family Planning

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Raymond is mad, clever, manipulative and totally out of his parents' control. The other children are lying low, though still inextricably attached to their father's purse-strings. Amidst hilarious misunderstandings and poignant inadequacies, six well-meaning people relentlessly engineer their own and their loved ones' downfall.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Grove/Atlantic
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Its a good read. A quintessential Briton Family hooking up to its family values and pressures. The letter sharing is really inspiring. It makes me live in a world with no telephones and only letters as a medium of communication.
The ultimate dysfunctional family, no addicts, one schizophrenic son. Well-written. Nothing resolved. I wish I hadn't read it.
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Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He has written eleven novels including Europa, Destiny, Cleaver and, most recently, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, as well as three non-fiction accounts of life in northern Italy (most recently A Season with Verona), a collection of 'narrative' essays, ...more
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