Ebook Mother's Milk Reading


REVIEW Mother's Milk

Mother's Milk

A New York Times Notable Book Mother’s Milk is a brilliantly stylish and witty novel by a master of modern British fiction Widely acclaimed in the United States and the UK Mother’s Milk follows the Melroses the same family featured in St Aubyn’s trilogy Some Hope First we meet Robert w. Judging by the goodreads reviews which are usually very reliable this book seems to have been mis marketed Readers complain that the characters are unpleasant which you should know going in I admit and that St Aubyn is too much of a stylist which sounds to me like saying a composer is too musical or a basketball player is too athletic From a straight description you might think this is akin to say Gerard Woodward s semi autobiographical trilogy addiction family issues well written etc From the blurbs you might think it s a soap opera Sam Lipsyte couldn t do better than harrowing entertainment I guess it s entertainment if you assume that serious art is only produced in American MFA programs So prospective reader know that St Aubyn s work is a salad and that the ingredients are Proust s essayistic novel form As with Proust you have to read carefully Wilde s utterly unrealistic yet brilliant dialogue As with Wilde he s sometimes too clever for his own good Waugh s ambivalent upper class satire Richard Yates beautifully styled misanthropy As with Yates it can all get a little tiring This is not to say he s the next Proust or Wilde of course But he s at least on a level with Yates This novel is beautifully and intelligently crafted The opening section told through the eyes of a 5 year old should be ridiculously uirky but is one of the best thirty or so pages published so far this century in English St Aubyn clearly knows that the whole thing could be disastrous and plays around with this fact The shifting points of view throughout the novel are uite knowing as well St Aubyn refuses to insult his readers intelligence by dumbing his work down and using old moves from the realism rulebook At the same time he holds on to what is valuable in the realistic tradition a respect for the world outside of literature the great potential of ironic narration and the ability to put his readers into perspectives they ordinarily would not take up In short an almost ideal blend of self reflection social thought and artistry The prose is so clear that it s often too easy to read take your time and try to understand exactly what s going on It helps to have read the other books in the series but it s probably not necessary If you know this stuff going in you ll hopefully get out of the book than some reviewers seem to have done

REVIEW Ò E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø Edward St. Aubyn

Ho provides an exceptionally droll and convincing account of being born; then Patrick a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favor of motherhood; then Mary who’s consumed by her children and an overwhelming desire not to repeat the mistakes of her own. I read Never Mind and had to keep stopping to copy down sentences because I couldn t bear to let them go St Aubyn lacerates you with the taut wire strength of his prose and intellect the book is profoundly beautiful and profoundly shocking Part of the shock with all of them is one s own complicity Bad News is a tour de force of writing and experience that is the emptiest of reviews so I would just say go and read it You feel drowned in someone else s perception Some Hope made me feel like killing myself Think Evelyn Waugh without anyone having the thinnest shred of redemptive goodness Mother s Milk If you think of giving up before this one don t Someone said to me that you think you read the others for themselves until you come to this one and see that all the others are for this one I think that s true This one is the pinnacle This isn t a series it s an ascent Edward St Aubyn Yom Kippur As Manifest In An Approaching Dorsal Fin provides an exceptionally droll and convincing account of being born; then Patrick a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favor of motherhood; then Mary who’s consumed by her children and an overwhelming desire not to repeat the mistakes of her own. I read Never Mind and had to keep stopping to copy down sentences because I couldn t bear to let them go St Aubyn lacerates you with the taut wire strength of his dictionnaire-des-onomatop-eacute-es prose and intellect the book is profoundly beautiful and Happy Hour Love Lessons 1 profoundly shocking Part of the shock with all of them is one s own complicity Bad News is a tour de force of writing and experience that is the emptiest of reviews so I would just say go and read it You feel drowned in someone else s A Patriots History Of The United States perception Some Hope made me feel like killing myself Think Evelyn Waugh without anyone having the thinnest shred of redemptive goodness Mother s Milk If you think of giving up before this one don t Someone said to me that you think you read the others for themselves until you come to this one and see that all the others are for this one I think that s true This one is the Witness To War pinnacle This isn t a series it s an ascent Edward St Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn Ø 9 READ & DOWNLOAD

Mother All the while St Aubyn examines the web of false promises that entangles this once illustrious family whose last vestige of wealth an estate in the South of France is about to be permanently donated by Patrick’s mother to a new age foundation The result is captivating and unexpecte. Did you know said Patrick addressing Seamus again that among the caribou herdsmen of Lapland the top shaman gets to drink the urine of the reindeer that has eaten the magic mushrooms and his assistant drinks the urine of the top shaman and so on all the way down to the lowest of the low who scramble in the snow pleading for a splash of twelfth generation caribou pissI didn t know that said Seamus flatlyI thought it was your special field said Patrick surprised Anyhow the irony is that the premier cru the first hit is much the most toxic Poor old top shaman is reeling and sweating trying to get all the poison out whereas a few damaged livers later the urine is harmless without having lost its hallucinogenic power Such is the human attachment to status that people will sacrifice for their peace of mind and their precious time in order to pickaxe their way towards what turns out to be a thoroughly poisonous experience This book had just as much biting incisive writing as the first three books but it felt much aimless at least in the middle The beginning of the book actually starts out from the perspective of a newborn baby and frankly I thought that part was genius The POV is from Patrick s son and we see him grow up from inside his head It s really hard to describe and it was super weird but it also worked really wellThe part that really got me though which was the same thing that got me during this episode of the TV mini series is that Patrick and his crisis largely doesn t interest me Patrick and his wife Mary are struggling to overcome the weights of their past and Patrick is not succeeding very well His children are extremely intelligent and his wife retreats into motherhood as an antidote to Patrick s misery which threatens to bring everyone around them down He can t let anything go And meanwhile his mother with whom he has a conflicted relationship anyway is dying and in nursing care and her descent into a second infancy but one full of misery and pain only exacerbates his issuesThe uote I ve excerpted above is one that Patrick throws out at Seamus the charlatan who has taken his mother s wealth in the guise of charity and it s a powerful commentary on how both Patrick and St Aubyn feel about humanity s fucked up priorities But that moment is just one stuck in the middle of the book which is largely made up of Patrick s family life falling apart as he teeters on the verge of fucking up his sons not the way he was fucked up by his father but in a different way altogether because he can t get over his pastI m very ready for the promised catharsis of the last book35 stars


10 thoughts on “Mother's Milk

  1. says:

    Judging by the goodreads reviews which are usually very reliable this book seems to have been mis marketed Readers complain that the characters are unpleasant which you should know going in I admit and that St Aubyn is 'too much of a stylist' which sounds to me like saying a composer is 'too musical' or a basketball player is 'too athletic'

  2. says:

    This book challenged the convention of believability in using POV The book opens with a chapter narrated by a five year old boy Robert Melrose thinking and having insights of that of an intelligent adult At first it threw me off Unbelievable Who did St Aubyn think he was? Augusten Burroughs? It took me a while before I reopened th

  3. says:

    #4 is as hard to rate as the rest being like them wildly uneven At least to my taste In Mother's Milk the characters around Patrick Melrose are no good at all vague phoned in not uite there; boring But from Patric

  4. says:

    Another five star read from Edward St AubynIt is as a cumulative experience that these Patrick Melrose novels work best There's little point just reading one as the experience only really makes sense if you treat the five short Patrick Melrose

  5. says:

    After what looked like an emotional breakthrough at the end of Some Hope here we find Patrick embroiled in another or the same? bleak emotional landscape It's now 2000 he's acuired a wife now pregnant and a 5 year old son in the break between books and the status of fatherhood leads him perhaps inevitably back t

  6. says:

    I read Never Mind and had to keep stopping to copy down sentences because I couldn't bear to let them go St Aubyn lacerates

  7. says:

    Whewif you start the St Aubyn what is the word for 1 after a trilogy? series at the first book and read through the character's journey from abuse to drugs to misanthropy to redemption is unlike anything I've ever read It's on a par with Waugh for meanness and wit and flow and that's high praise but unlike Waugh he has a genuine conscience and wants to understand his and his character's processes The degradation and deep

  8. says:

    Number four in the series and Patrick is married with children The start of this book is amazing when we meet Patrick's first child Robert Really it is all nonsense as no child could possibly be like this but the writing is so beautiful and the ideas so lovely Robert uickly became my favourite character I was hoping that Patrick would finally find himself in this book but he has not Understandable really as the

  9. says:

    Did you know said Patrick addressing Seamus again that among the caribou herdsmen of Lapland the top shaman gets to drink the urine of the reindeer that has eaten the magic mushrooms and his assistant drinks the urine of the top sha

  10. says:

    Really enjoyed this It's clever funny but it loses a star because the author faithfully touches all the familiar moans of British anti Americanism Americans are fat and can't fit into aeroplane seats American food is revolting and the pizzas not as good as European ones American TV is mindless Baseball is boring Everyone who works in the American service industry pretends to be cheerful The American approach to health and safety i

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *