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Some Hopeby Edward St. Aubyn
Synopses & Reviews
Some Hope marks the U.S. debut of Edward St. Aubyn, highly acclaimed in the United Kingdom as one of the most original, intelligent, and acerbically witty voices of our time. From Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, through the savageries of a childhood with a tyrannical father and an alcoholic mother, to a young adulthood fraught with dissolute behavior, we follow Patrick Melrose's search for redemption amid a crowd of glittering social dragonflies whose vapidity is the subject of his most stinging and memorable barbs. At once hilarious and deeply moving, Some Hope — originally published in England as three separate novels — is a stunningly authentic depiction of a man's journey to and from the farthest limits of the human gamut.
"St. Aubyn's trilogy...often seems in danger of losing direction, not unlike its hero. But it is saved by its clearsightedness and bitter brilliance, which seem likely to win the admiration of a small but extremely well-spoken readership." Leo Carey, The New York Times Book Review
"St. Aubyn's vaguely satanic British upper-class life is an unlikely blend of Henry James and Bret Easton Ellis." Kirkus Reviews
"This is a beautifully written novel...whose harrowing but fiercely funny portrait of addiction is the best I've ever read." Time Out London
"A gruesome, and often gruesomely funny, study of the minor aristocracy at play." The Literary Review
"A glorious and brilliant trilogy." Bomb
"A masterpiece. Edward St. Aubyn is a writer of immense gifts. His wit, his profound intelligence, and his exquisite control of a story that rapidly descends to the lower depths before somehow painfully rising again all go to distinguish the trilogy as fiction of a truly rare and extraordinary quality." Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum and Martha Peake
"Edward St. Aubyn's trilogy combines the ferocious wit of the best English comedy with the terror and pity of Greek tragedy. It is a stunning accomplishment." James Lasdun, author of The Horned Man
"Drugs, deliberate cruelty, withering snobbism — these are just some of the vices of David Melrose, one of the great villains of contemporary literature. His malign effect on his son Patrick is traced out not over vast summarized periods of time but in tight, funny scenes set at strategic points in the boy's difficult destiny. Edward St. Aubyn can write dialogue as amusing as Waugh's and narrative even more deft than Graham Greene's, since St. Aubyn switches quickly from one point of view to another and even to several more while never occluding the lucidity of his disturbing design. This is a long overdue debut on these shores." Edmund White, author of The Married Man and Fanny: A Fiction
"Speedballs, incest, and royalty are just a few of things that make Some Hope exquisitely harrowing entertainment. Beyond the high-born squalor, though, is a saga of genuine wit and heartache." Sam Lipsyte, author of The Subject Steve
"With his savage wit and scalpel-sharp prose Edward St. Aubyn is the ideal writer to dissect the bloated corpse of the English upper classes. Mordant, acute, and ultimately deeply moving, this trilogy establishes him as one of the preeminent English writers of his generation." Will Self, author of Dorian and How the Dead Live
This trilogy was originally published in the U.K. as three separate books: Never Mind, Bad News, and Some Hope; and as one volume entitled The Patrick Melrose Trilogy. For the U.S. edition, the entire trilogy has been titled Some Hope.
A trilogy that follows Pattrick Melrose's search for redemption amid a crowd of glittering dragonflies. Advertising.
About the Author
Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge, which was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize.
Table of Contents
Never Mind 1
Bad News 103
Some Hope 231
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