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A Sweet Obscurity Paperback – Jun 3 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (June 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007151020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007151028
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #897,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'What is delightful about Gale's fiction is that it so warmly and convincingly illuminates ordinary lives and interests. His staples are difficult loves, botched careers, tangled family histories -- mainstream stuff, with the offbeat as an extra' Daily Telegraph'Exerts the unmistakable force of a novelist in the process of discovering a new, strong voice. With this alarming and technically very skilful romance, he is decidedly a man to watch' Mail on Sunday'Flawless. Gale is a master of context and background, flinging wide the perspectives of his dramatic personae with exemplary patience and generosity. In A Sweet Obscurity's world of powerful, vatic females, where men are dreamers or ditherers, Cornwall, so far from being the land of failure, achieves a solidity and integrity whose graces are triumphantly redemptive.' TLS'This is arguably Gale's most questioning, troublesome work. It amuses, startles and occasionally bewilders. A Sweet Obscurity is worth every minute of your time.' Independent'Intriguing and impressive. His greatest strength lies in his sensitive evocation of those transient, often indefinable states that reveal the truth about people's deepest desires and discontents. A memorable study of a child forced cruelly, even tragically, to grow up too soon" Sunday Times

About the Author

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land's End. As well as writing and reviewing fiction, he has published a biography of Armistead Maupin, a short history of the Dorchester Hotel and chapters on Mozart's piano and mechanical music for H.C. Robbin Landon's The Mozart Compendium. His most recent novels are Rough Music and Tree Surgery for Beginners.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A sweet obscurity April 20 2005
By C. Roberts - Published on
Format: Paperback
An interesting story which perhaps has some autobiographic elements given Mr Gale lives in the west country. It was a story which at times made me feel uncomfortable, notably when the hint of paedophilia was raised. This should not be viewed as a negative as many other issues raised in the novel provoked other questions and feelings.

This is a worthy book to add to the others written by Patrick Gale and I recommend it.

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