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The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
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May 18, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 18 to 23, 2012

Brilliantly written and absorbing tetralogy about the damaged, difficult, but redeemable Patrick Melrose.The first two novels are extremely painful and obsessively compelling -- like tearing off a scab. Dreadful people, nightmarish vision. And darkly irresistible.The third novel ("Some Hope") which has the malign froth of Evelyn Waugh, made more sinister by the knowledge of the darkness that has preceded it; the fourth, "Mother's Milk," continues in this prickly and ironic vein as Melrose comes to terms with the fact that of all the many cruel disappointments in his life, he himself may be the greatest. The books teem with memorable and sharply drawn characters, none more so than Patrick's two delicious and preternaturally charming children, who offer a glimmer of hope that all may yet come right for their father. Can't wait to read the last installment of the saga, the stand-alone "At Last."

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