P with anybody or "any situation that made life unbearable I would be honest and reasonable generous "situation that made life unbearable I would be honest and reasonable generous generosity was and I would always always choose the road that led to a happy healthy normal So says George Crawley whose missionary father had been murdered for his faith In Tim Parks s Goodness George and his sister Peggy return home with their mother whose one thing I regret in my life is the words they made me speak before they killed her husbandGeorge narrates his story in two parts Before Hilary and Hilary In the first half he looks back on his childhood and arly married life when he firmly stuck to his own moral code He is uite a dislikable character self centred and unable to mpathise with others convinced he knows best and blaming his own problems on the faith based thics of othersHe s disappointed that his mother could never marry a man who had broken a solemn vow to someone lse thus depriving her son of a new father He. Ge he is secure in the belief that he is master of his own destiny Then comes the
Tragic Blow Fate Presents blow fate presents with an apparently insoluble problem. ,
Humorous sad and ironic A story of a couple who have a severly handicapped child and how they cope or don t cope A bit odd this was the first novel by this author I ve read and I was surprised at how much I disliked it May read another to see what I think Really like his stories of life in Italy but this fiction was grim with unlikable characters Marvellous Tim Parks has a gift for skewering the dynamics of a relationship for xpressing unflinchingly what we often really feel but don t say This xceptional novel deals with the fraught issue
Of Parenting A Severely Handicappedparenting a severely handicapped 45 I got to the nd of this novel but didn t think I d manage it after the first 50 pages or so The character of George seemed one dimensional and he s horrible Having finished it I thought it was ok but nothing special A twist at the Doreen Valiente Witch end and a possiblepiphany but it was unsatisfying I "Would Never Be Gratuitously Mean Or Violent But Then Nor "never be gratuitously mean or violent but then nor I ver put George Crawley has finally got his life running along satisfyingly straight lines Having made a success of his career and saved his faltering marria.