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MEET ELLIOTT.

Elliott is something of a genius. He is hugely intelligent. He’s an incredible observer. He is able to memorise and categorise in astonishing detail. He has a beautiful and unusual imagination.

More than that, Elliott is an ideal friend. He is overflowing with compassion and warmth and fun. To know him is to adore him.

But few people do
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Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 22nd 2019 by Galley Beggar Press
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Hugh
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit, read-2019
Another gem from Galley Beggar, this is a beautiful and heart-rending story of Elliott, an intelligent boy who lives in a Catholic orphanage, and is wheelchair bound and almost unable to move. He tells his own story as a memoir, occasionally alluding to a doctor who effectively unlocked his memories by teaching him to use a special typewriter. Most of the story takes place in the late 70s, as Elliott is befriended by a new boy Jim, who is blind and dumb, and they develop their own means of commu ...more
Gumble's Yard
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I knew that one day all I would have was the memory of Jim and not Jim himself present in my peripheral vision making all my other senses go zing and now that time has indeed come and Jim is not present and has not been present for many years what I remember and want to record in long-hoarded words and word orders is not only the delicious presence of him Jim but also the delicious panic of that time during which I often told myself Calm down and take it all in but there was always too much wor
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In Toby's Litt's new novel Patience he creates a unique and wonderful narrative voice. He cites the inspiration of the novel as follows (https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/toby-p...
I made the first note of an idea on March 5th 2007. (I can’t remember whether or not I was sitting at my desk.) I had recently seen a photography exhibition, a retrospective of work by Timm Rautert, in Leipzig. A couple of the photographs moved me a great deal. They were from a serierel="nofollow">https://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/toby-p...
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Neil
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patience invites us into the mind of Elliott. We quickly learn that this is a privileged place to be. Seen from the outside, Elliott is disabled by spastic cerebral palsy which has left him with very limited voluntary movement (limited use of his right hand and he is able to paint by holding the brush in his mouth) and some involuntary muscle spasms. But on the inside, the place to which we are invited by this book, he is very active: he is a hoarder of words and a devourer of music - it all goe ...more
Robert
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elliott, the main protagonist of Toby Litt’s latest novel, Patience is erudite, has strong opinions about faith, is a connoisseur of classical music, likes The Beatles greatest hits and is creative.

Elliott has cerebral palsy, thus he cannot express all the complicated thoughts in his head due to the fact that it is 1979 and cures for the disability are in it’s infancy. Basically, his life consists of staring at a wall or out of the window. He lives some sort of religious institution
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Chris Haak
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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I'm afraid I just couldn't really get into this book. I can see it was well written, original, beautiful, wonderful characters etc etc.(therefore 3,5). It got some good reviews as well. So I really wanted to enjoy it more. But I struggled finishing it. I couldn't focus on the story line and found it kind of slow. Maybe it just wasn't the right time for me reading this book...
Thank you Galley Beggar Press for the ARC.
Stuart Collie
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A radiant, vibrant, tragically warm novel. Loved it, and cried my eyes out.
GARRY NIXON
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story narrated in prose that just won't leave me alone, as I fall asleep, or stand waiting for the bus to work. The title says a great deal about it: just stand and look at the world, a greefinch, a spider's web, or even a urine-scented lay-by. And listen again to Schubert and Mahler and Wagner with new ears. And the undertone: even a kindly-meant tyranny is still tyranny. Let my people go.
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Toby Litt was born in Bedfordshire, England. He studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury, winning the 1995 Curtis Brown Fellowship.

He lived in Prague from 1990 to 1993 and published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled Adventures in Capitalism, in 1996.

In 2018, he published Wrestliana, his memoir abo
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