The whole day through / Patrick Gale.
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: London : Harper Perennial, 2009.
ISBN: 9780007306015 (pbk.) : 0007306016 (pbk.) :
It's a day in the life of a 40-something woman. She has recently been obliged to move in with her elderly mother because the latter is a committed, lifelong, naturist who no conventional care home would admit.
300 p. ; 20 cm.
We weren’t quite sure what to make of this book. We felt that Ben is so mild and nice, putting himself second to care for his brother, not wishing to hurt his wife by telling her truth about their failing marriage, that he willingly sacrifices himself for others. It is no wonder that when his chance for happiness arises (he bumps into Laura his old girlfriend from university, arguably his great love) he again allows events to thwart him from taking his chance of happiness, thereby depriving Laura of a second chance with him. Does Patrick Gale intentionally portray Ben as passive – weak even - or is it that in our exasperation with the character we read that in? For sure Ben self sacrifices endlessly and allows events and others to take decisions for him. The characters we most relate to are Bobby his gay younger brother with Mosaic Down’s Syndrome and Professor Jellicoe brilliant mother of Laura who is debilitated with osteoporosis. These are the two characters who are most beautifully
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