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Mothers Milk by Edward St Aubyn

Mothers Milk (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Edward St Aubyn

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Title:Mothers Milk
Authors:Edward St Aubyn
Info:Pan Macmillan Paperback Omes (2006), Edition: 2nd, Paperback, 279 pages
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Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn (2006)

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    Anonymous user: Another book with family dysfunction at the core. Like St. Aubyn's book playful, sharp, observant, and beautifully written.

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Big disappointment! Lost completely the drive that made the first three novels such an enjoyable read. Starts with the boring telling by Patrick's son, only to continue with Patrick's which also lost the power it had before. Superfluous novel. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
This is another book I read because it was on the 1001 list. It was also short-listed for the Booker. While it's a somewhat enjoyable book, and competently written, I'm not sure why it deserves either of those honors.

It's the story of a British family, father Patrick, mother Mary, their two young sons, and Patrick's mother. Each August, Patrick, Mary and their sons spend August at Patrick's mother's villa in the south of France. Unfortunately for them, his mother is in the process of donating the villa (and indeed almost all of her fortune) to a New Age guru to use as a spiritual retreat. As a barrister, Patrick carries out his mother's request to effect the transfers. His actions are against his better judgment, and against his own self-interest as her son. We follow the family through three summers in the south of France, and a fourth summer in America.

The book is told in four parts, one for each summer. The first is narrated by the older child, who is 5 or 6 at the time. Ensuing narrations are from the pov of Patrick and of Mary.

The book is satirical--particularly of America and Americans and New Age adherents. It's sometimes funny, but I felt a lot of anger and bitterness underneath the humor. As one reviewer on Amazon said, "If you dislike your spouse and regret having children and really hate your mother, you might enjoy it." ( )
  arubabookwoman | Feb 24, 2016 |
Patrick Melrose novel four shows Patrick as a father and in competition with his youngest son (Thomas) for the affection of his wife Mary. We also spend considerable time getting the point of view of things from the perspective of his eldest son Robert (who is remarkably intelligent). Parenting, adultery and sibling rivalry figure prominently. Of the four [novels], I've enjoyed this one the most. Robert's take on being born is priceless! ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book very much. It is well-written with lots of humor. Some parts are rather depressing though. Narrated from the viewpoints of the different family members made for a very interesting read. The only problem I had was the voice of the child was a bit unbelievable for his age. The author is also very adept at allowing you to participate in each character's feelings and their mindset. I would recommend this book just for the unique writing style even though the subject matter of a dysfunctional family is not always enjoyable to read about. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
Certainly well written, and a good story, but a little too introspective for my taste. I liked the parts that the children narrate, but I got a bit tired of the self indulgent stream of consiousness commentary by Patrick. Not sure if i will read the rest of the series. Probably not. ( )
  kmstock | May 16, 2015 |
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THE FOURTH PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught up in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife Mary consumed by motherhood, his mother in thrall to a New Age foundation, and his young son Robert understanding far more than he should. But even as the family struggles against the pull of its ever-present past, a new generation brings a new tenderness, and the possibility of change.

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A brillant and scathingly funny family portrait that shows the shifting allegiances between parents, children, husbands and wives. The author combines the most excruciating pain with the driest comedy.

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