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Take Nothing With You

– tekijä: Patrick Gale

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From the bestselling author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER comes a compassionate, compelling new novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality. 'It's delicious, it's dear, it's heart-breaking and very funny' Rachel Joyce 'An incredibly beautiful story told with compassion. Nothing is wasted. Each sentence is beautifully crafted' Joanna Cannon 1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother's quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother. When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice. Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale's new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.… (lisätietoja)
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Een mooi coming of age boek over een jongen die opgroeit in een verzorgingstehuis (gerund door zijn ouders). Hij ontdekt zijn homoseksualiteit terwijl zijn moeder een relatie aangaat met zijn cello-lerares. Vooral de stukken over muziek en spelen in een kamerorkest zijn erg mooi om te lezen. ( )
  elsmvst | Jul 23, 2019 |
A coming of age story set in Weston-super-Mare. I found this enthralling despite the many pages devoted to the study of the cello. The chapters set in the present day were heavily outweighed by the bulk of the story of Eustace's teenage years, with passing references to the middle section of his life. The author managed to make both his parents sympathetic characters (the mother perhaps less so!) despite the ways in which they failed Eustace.

It was hard to keep in mind that this is a novel and not an autobiography. ( )
  pgchuis | May 30, 2019 |
I've read one other book by this author and it was completely different from this one. A Place Called Winter is mostly set on the Canadian prairies at the beginning of the 20th century. This book takes place in two different time periods: present day in London and the 1970s in Weston-super-Mare. Both locales seem just as realistic as the prairie locale in A Place Called Winter. That is the hallmark of a good writer.

Eustace lives with his parents in Weston-super-Mare, which is an English seaside town to which tourist flock in the summer. The house is also an old folks home which came about when Eustace's paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather needed assistance and his parents figured they might as well open up their big house to other paying guests. Eustace goes to a private school but the fees are a struggle for his parents to meet. He has only one good friend, Vernon, the son of an artist with Parkinson's Disease and a mother who died of breast cancer when Vernon was young. Eustace and Vernon are equally bad at sports which bonds them from the first. When Eustace starts taking cello lessons from Carla Gold, a former soloist, he is very good. It looks like Eustace might have a musical career ahead of him and he is encouraged to apply for a scholarship at a prep school in Bristol. He is also encouraged to take a week's course with Carla's teacher who takes only a few students at her house in the Scottish countryside. In between school and practising and lessons Eustace is also entering puberty. He realizes that he is not attracted to females but males do really turn him on. He and Vernon have some exploratory sessions before he goes off to Scotland for the course. Meanwhile he had sat the scholarship exam and had been awarded the scholarship but then his father found out that the scholarship would only cover the costs of the music lessons. Suddenly Eustace is facing attending the local comprehensive school which is not as bad as he feared especially since Vernon is also going there. Eustace faces a major upheaval at home when his mother is badly injured in a car accident and Eustace learns that she was leaving his father to be with a lover. The lover is never identified but the reader can easily figure it out even if Eustace never twigs. The mother moves back in to the house after she recovers from the accident but she has changed; in particular she has become religious. This results in a major falling out for the family.

In the present day Eustace is in his 50s living as a gay man in London. His first great love died and his second became abusive so Eustace is now alone. His friend Naomi (whom he first met when they were both cello students in Scotland) talks him into looking for someone on a gay dating sight. Eustace ends up falling in love with a soldier on deployment in the desert and they make plans to meet when he has leave. And then Eustace is diagnosed with cancer and he wonders if he has any future. This causes him to think about his past which is how we get to see what his boyhood was like.

I enjoyed this book but perhaps not quite as much as the first book. And readers should be aware that there is a fair amount of discussion about masturbation and pornography and gay sex which might be offputting for some. ( )
  gypsysmom | Apr 22, 2019 |
Eustace is in his fifties, in a dip after the break-up of a relationship, but his old friend Naomi has helped him out of it by reintroducing him to the pleasure of playing the cello. She's also nudged him into the adventure of online dating, and there's a gorgeous new man in his life (or at least in his Skype contacts), but just days before he's due to meet Theo face to face for the first time, he's summoned to hospital to undergo radiation therapy. In the lead-lined isolation suite, where he's been told "take nothing with you that you don't mind leaving in the bin at the end", he reflects on his childhood in Weston-super-Mare, his family, his cello teacher Carla, and the music summer schools he went to as a child.

This is a great and original coming-out novel with some unexpected twists, looking back at the seventies from a very 21st century perspective, but it's also, and probably more importantly, one of the most vivid and enjoyable accounts I've read of what it's like to be a child finding a way through technical and artistic challenges to the joy of making music. Gale is a keen musician himself, of course, and he credits a whole bunch of cellists and cello teachers in the acknowledgements, so we can presumably be reasonably sure that what he tells us about cello technique is accurate, but he also manages to present it in such a way that it really feels almost as though we are sharing Eustace's experience as he learns to play.

Possibly the cello part of the story is a bit too vivid: it feels afterwards as though we haven't been paying quite enough attention to grown-up Eustace, and some of the links between past and present are a bit hard to focus on, especially the "unreliable narrator" element about the Big Thing in his family situation that he wasn't aware of as a child. But there's nothing wrong with a bit of ambiguity...

Very enjoyable, just as you would expect from Gale. ( )
  thorold | Apr 22, 2019 |
I loved many aspects of this book. I know almost nothing about playing the cello but I loved hearing a cellist's eye view of learning - perfecting - the instrument (and I will never see Bach's 5th cello suite the same way again). I also like reading about families and the development of identity when growing up. Further, this story was written in such a way that it carried me along with it and kept my interest to the end. The christian anti-gay indoctrination group and their impact on these lives seemed, however, to be a little too 'tabloid'. In fact, I was troubled by the thought that the story was on the whole a little too romantic, and not realistic enough. Can it really be that easy to discover your homosexuality in your teens? Of course, Patrick Gale must know more about this than I, and maybe I don't even have the right to say anything about this? It seems to me, however, that all teenagers (and a big group of adults) have doubts about the expression of their sexuality and those doubts must turn into deep troubles when much of the world around you is denying the validity of a hugely important aspect of your life. It all seems to easy for the main character, Eustace, but maybe that's really how it was for Gale. ( )
  oldblack | Nov 8, 2018 |
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At an age when he was reassured that life was unlikely to surprise him further, Eustace found, in rapid succession, that he was quite possibly dying and that he was falling in love for the third time.
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From the bestselling author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER comes a compassionate, compelling new novel of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusions of desire and reality. 'It's delicious, it's dear, it's heart-breaking and very funny' Rachel Joyce 'An incredibly beautiful story told with compassion. Nothing is wasted. Each sentence is beautifully crafted' Joanna Cannon 1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother's quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother. When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice. Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale's new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.

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