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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A masterful, completely compelling new novel by the best-selling author of Europa.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 28th 2002 by TusQuets (first published 1999)
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I want to read and reread everything that Parks has written. My main complaint is that his books hypnotize me, so that I cannot stop reading and end up finishing too quickly.

And this book deserves to be savored. In Chris Burton's ever-chattering mind, sentences of different tenses follow one another with suggestive wit to capture how his memories are weaving through perception and prediction, which also happens to be one of the very dilemmas he is pondering! Yes, here theme and style intertwine
Tyler Jones
Readers who are uncomfortable with familial love, guilt and recrimination pushed to the limit would do well to avoid this unflinchingly unsentimental novel. Topic matter aside, Destiny is also a difficult novel to read because of its narrative structure. Sentences shoot off in unpredictable directions, leaving the reader unsure as to whether the narrator is commenting on his academic achievements, the "English Mentality", or the quality of the carpet. Yes, it is a difficult book, but for the car ...more
Bin sehr beeindruckt. Es beginnt damit, dass ein Mann die Nachricht erhält, dass sich sein schizophrener Sohn umgebracht hat. Das Buch erzählt die zwei Tage bis zum Begräbnis aus der Sicht des Mannes. Von Betäubung über Verleugnung, Wut, Schuldzuweisung, Hass auf die Ehefrau, bis zu Panik und Halluzinationen, immer durchsetzt mit Alltagsfetzen, Banalitäten die wie Felsen im Gedankenstrom stehen. Sehr riskant gebaut- weil man die Hauptfigur, den Vater, nicht kennt vor dem Tod des Sohnes - und am ...more

in modern times how we understand spirit and fate , seperation ilness and isolation....
Dec 08, 2008 Sunflower rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Navel gazers
This book is written entirely inside the mind of the main character. You can glean the plot from the cover blurb: man's son commits suicide; man decides to leave his wife. The sub-plots don't amount to anything, and the one around his health just annoyed me (what's heparin got to do with it????)
The rest is his thoughts and behaviour just as you or I would think them, not necessarily linearly.
I liked some of his phrases, the exploration of one's conflicted motivations, marriage, and the Italian
Neil Rowland
Stream of consciousness and avant-garde touches makes this not an easy read - going by others reactions - but Parks is one of the best British novelists around, for his intensity of thought and sense of desperate poetry. Destiny is arguably his best work, telling the story of a mixed-cultural couple, an Englishman and his Italian wife, based in Italy, who have to entirely reassess their relationship to one another, when coming to terms with the death of their son. It is a searingly honest and pa ...more
Parks reveals great insight into the questions of identity and destiny as his protagonist confronts a major life- changing event with the suicide of his son. This is the spur for Chris Burton to question where is life is heading. Parks is very skilled in analysing the thoughts and motivations of his characters, but the pace of the novel lagged at times and the plot needed refreshing.
Didn't like it - one of the rare books that managed to make me feel relieved when aborting its reading.
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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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