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A Perfectly Good Man Tekijä: Patrick Gale
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A Perfectly Good Man

Tekijä: Patrick Gale

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When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest. The personal stories of his wife, children and lover illuminate and the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby's repellent nemesis - a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 16) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Gale seems to have hit his stride of late. Along with Notes from an Exhibition this is a book I know I'll want to read again. Although it took me a while to get into the format of different chapters from different characters and times after the dramatic opening scene, I soon found this very captivating reading which caused me to gasp out loud at one stage. Recommended. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Loved this book ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
The story of Barnaby, a vicar in Cornwall. Told through a process of going backwards and forwards through the chapters. Great writing. Will read Patrick Gale again. ( )
  simbaandjessie | Aug 13, 2019 |
Review: A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale.

The author conveys the story with some exploration of motives, life decisions, insight into family relationships, explaining the flaws of humanity and the behavior of the characters he developed. The story was well planned out and very easy to read even though the author went back and forth with the time span until near the end when everything came together.

The book was written with many characters narrating throughout the book. The author started his collaborating dialogue with the main character, Barnaby Johnson, a priest and Lenny Barns, a twenty-year-old paralyzed former rugby player who wanted Barnaby to pray for him while he committed suicide.

The rest of the story introduces other characters that live in the small parish area. I learned a lot about Barnaby, his family and some of the reasons he became a priest. However, I don’t know why people called him “A Perfectly Good Man” when he had many flaws or should I say sins that were opened to the public for all to know and see.

Parts of the story I found interesting but I felt a slow pace uninteresting and confusing section through the middle of the book but it did come together at the end with understanding and a message of love, morality and faith…. A life in a parish setting.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
I thought this was an excellent book. I think the approach of focusing each chapter on one person with stated age worked well (compared with, for example, stating the year of each chapter's events). This approach draws attention to the fact that it's the person and their stage in life that is the chapter's subject. The gradual pulling together of the whole picture from these various snapshots also worked for me as a device to keep my interest. Further, I found the much bigger issue - sexual identity - to be dealt with in a sensible and intelligent manner. I am just a little surprised that the Cornwall society is depicted as largely accepting of gay & lesbian people . . . but I've never been to Cornwall and I am aware that the UK seems far more advanced in this area than the colony in which I live. I suppose the biggest theme of the novel - the question of what is a good person - is what really made me read the book. The focus on parent roles, death, and relating to adult children was something that resonated with me. My first Patrick Gale book, and it definitely won't be my last (unless I die suddenly in the very near future) ( )
  oldblack | May 9, 2016 |
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Unnoticeably well-written, cleverly constructed with a narrative that moves from one character to another and backwards and forwards in time, this is a thoughtful and moving novel about love, morality and faith. Marvellous.
 
At his best, Gale is an effortlessly elastic storyteller, a writer with heart, soul, and a dark and naughty wit, one whose company you relish and trust. In fact you feel you would believe anything he told you – and if I have a small complaint, it's that he sometimes doesn't quite seem to realise it, doesn't trust in his own genuine power. Now and then he writes a little too hard, too carefully or too deliberately. Relax, you want to tell him. Trust yourself, because we do. Do less, because what you do is already so effective. But it's a minor quibble in a novel which managed to upset and uplift me in equal measure, and which kept me company – and kept me guessing – right through to its slightly bitter and heartfelt end.
 
'What Gale does so well is to delineate the unpremeditated spider-web consequences of actions, most particularly those where the intentions are apparently perfectly "good". The unfolding nightmare for all the family of the consequences of adopting are exquisitely and painfully documented! ... The final chapter left me with a lump in my throat'
 
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When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest. The personal stories of his wife, children and lover illuminate and the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby's repellent nemesis - a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous.

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