Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy
3/40 (ish) THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Being alive was the bastard. Being alive was the pits. When you were alive, you just had to close your eyes and hope you’d wake up dead.
This book was incredibly English in tone. It was a bit hard to plow through but plow through it I did.
This was a book about the dysfunctional family. Cast of Characters: Phillip (father, playwright, recent stroke victim), Shirin (Phillips young Iranian wife), Myfanwy (Phillips ex wife and housekeeper), Jake (Phillips degenerate cocaine addled son), Juliet (Phillips fat obsessed, body image issued daughter) and Struan (the young Scottish man hired to care for Phillip.) The year is 1989 and the stage is set.
It was unique in a way that described the family dynamic. Each character had a role and a plot and it all intermingled and set…
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