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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
George Crawley has finally got his life running along satisfyingly straight lines. Having made a success of his career and saved his faltering marriage, he is secure in the belief that he is master of his own destiny. Then comes the tragic blow - fate presents him with an apparently insoluble problem. Except that the word 'insoluble' just isn't part of the man's vocabulary ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Grove Press (first published October 1st 1991)
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Jun 30, 2015 Jeannie rated it it was ok
Some parts of this book was very confusing but it was a fast read.
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Feb 12, 2014 Hilary Hicklin rated it it was amazing
Marvellous. Tim Parks has a gift for skewering the dynamics of a relationship, for expressing unflinchingly what we often really feel (but don't say!). This exceptional novel deals with the fraught issue of parenting a severely handicapped child.
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Aug 11, 2013 Lynne Cosmano rated it did not like it
this was the first novel by this author I've read and I was surprised at how much I disliked it. May read another to see what I think. Really like his stories of life in Italy but this fiction was grim with unlikable characters.
Feb 08, 2010 Leslie rated it liked it
Humorous, sad, and ironic. A story of a couple who have a severly handicapped child and how they cope or don't cope. A bit odd.
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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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