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by Patrick Gale | Literature & Fiction
Registered by jillbe of Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom on 11/6/2010
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by LindyLouMac): travelling


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3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by jillbe from Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom on Saturday, November 06, 2010

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Received as part of a book trade. From the back of the book:0)

Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control.

Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, and though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian's world is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man - seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts - that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assetion that he is happy and always has been......

Going onto mount TBR etc.





 


Journal Entry 2 by jillbe at Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom on Saturday, December 04, 2010

7 out of 10

Having just finished reading this one, and although overall an enjoyable read, I thought not one of his better novels. Going to make available etc. 


Journal Entry 3 by jillbe at Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom on Monday, December 06, 2010

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Released 6 yrs ago (12/7/2010 UTC) at Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom

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Sending onto jaynereader, December RABCK, enjoy:0) 


Journal Entry 4 by jaynereader at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, December 11, 2010

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Thanks very much jillbe. This was recommended to me by a friend so I'm looking forward to it 


Journal Entry 5 by jaynereader at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 30, 2010

9 out of 10

I liked this much more than Notes on an Exhibition, which is the only other one I have read by this author. It's very intelligently written and very insightful about the different relationships between all the characters.

I'm going to try to RABCK this to someone. 


Journal Entry 6 by jaynereader at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Posted off this morning to fellow bookcrosser in Italy. Hope you enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 7 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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This title from my Wishlist arrived yesterday morning as a surprise RABCK from Jaynereader. Thankyou it is very much appreciated as I am trying to read all of Patrick Gale's novels.
I will be reading soon and then sending the book on its travels again in the spirit of Bookcrossing. 


Journal Entry 8 by LindyLouMac at Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

8 out of 10


Patrick Gale is a prolific author but I was only introduced to his writing two years ago by my sister when she recommended Notes from An Exhibition(2007) and lent me a copy of The Whole Day Through(2009), the latter which I never reviewed for some reason, although I do remember liking it. Instantly hooked his entire back catalogue has now been added to my Wishlist. The only other title I have read so far is Friendly Fire (2005).
I find that Patrick Gale is a particularly sensitive writer for a man but I think this may stem from the fact that he is gay. I hope this is the politically correct term to use, but I am not sure. However he is quite open about the fact and in the question and answer section at the end of this novel talks about his husband who is a farmer. The fact he obviously draws on personal experiences in life and location, they live on a farm in Cornwall are I am sure part of his success as a novelist. I am really looking forward to locating more of his books to read.
Straight away I was drawn into this thought provoking and touching novel, set in alternate chapters of past and present. Patrick Gale has a love of the west of England and the sea and his evocative writing is very absorbing bringing the setting and the characters to life for me whilst I am reading.
Julian, who changes his name to Will as an adult because of a nickname he was given at school is the main character and most of the story is built around a family holiday that did not go quite as planned when he was a small boy. As a man Will seems at ease with his sexuality but it is on another holiday that the traumatic effects of that long ago summer come back to question his happiness. Were his parents quite as happy and as normal as he always thought they were? The relationship between them in the present part of the novel where the mother is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's is very moving.
I do not want to reveal the plot so cannot say too much here but it will keep you guessing with plenty of hints but exactly what happened is not revealed until the final chapters.


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Journal Entry 9 by LindyLouMac at in the post, A friend -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 01, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (8/1/2011 UTC) at in the post, A friend -- Controlled Releases

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Dear Finder of this book,

I'm so glad it has found a home with you. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you might take a few moments to jot down here what you thought about the book, or about finding it, or about bookcrossing.

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Happy reading

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