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Mother's Milk by Edward St. Aubyn
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Mar 18, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

The fourth of the five Patrick Melrose novels, this one tells of Patrick’s two young sons, failing marriage, adultery, and deepening alcoholism, among other things; the underlying theme, as is suggested by the ironic title, is the power of mothers--Patrick’s own, his wife’s, his wife as mother. The writing is caustic, elegant, funny, and intensely readable, about what are mostly dark subjects, with a bon mot on almost every page. In the earlier novels the Melrose family was established as a blue-blood English family steeped in ennui and savagery; Patrick's story is one of survival, and in interviews the writer has indicated that there is a lot of autobiography here.
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