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Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn
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May 16, 12

bookshelves: contemporary-literature
Read from May 15 to 16, 2012

One thing I can say about this book is that it certainly is aptly named.

The critical praise for St. Aubyn led me to pursue the trilogy of Patrick Melrose novels. I found the first one challenging, but determined I would soldier on. This second in the series didn't offer even the tiniest respite from the painful, self-destructive story about Melrose's drug abuse. Other reviewers found some humor in the writing, but the subject matter was so depressing that I could barely read it.

My rating is strictly based on my revulsion to the subject matter--the writer obviously is talented or the book would not have inspired such a strong reaction on my part.

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