A dogs life michael holroyd

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a dogs life michael holroyd

A Dogs Life by Michael Holroyd

Eustace is undisputed patriarch of the Farquhar family. That is, he would be if everyone stopped mumbling, let him get on with his shaving and find his way downstairs.

It’s not Henry’s fault that he snores and that his marriage has collapsed. Or that he failed to get into the cricket team. But he has made up for it and is now a faster motorist than ever he was bowler. He is a good father too and one day, when he wakes up from day-dreaming, his son Kenneth will thank him.

It is good that Anne sleeps with a whistle in her mouth – how else could she terrify the burglars? As for Mathilda she would love to like her mother, but prefers going for long walks with the dog.

But what will happen to them all if the dog dies?

A devastating postscript follows the story. Placing this eccentric family in isolation after two world wars and at the beginning of our aggressive financial culture, it turns comedy into tragedy. This novel brings a very personal addition to the biographer’s remarkable career.
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Sebastian Barry, winner of the 2008 Costa Book of the Year award

A Dog's Life

The late Josephine Pullein-Thompson, aged 12 and anxious to avoid any possibility of libel in her first unpublished novel, went to the family phone directory to check that the name she chose for her hero was currently possessed by no one else. Her final innocent choice, before being gently discouraged by her parents, was Edwin Pisspot. But there are other ways fiction can face potential legal problems, as Michael Holroyd discovered with this autobiographical novel A Dog's Life. It was written in but only published in America after his father, furious about such thinly veiled pen portraits of himself and his family, declared he would sue if it ever appeared in this country. In a lengthy postscript to this revised edition, Holroyd gets close to saying that perhaps his father was right. For this is an intensely personal novel, drawing on first-hand observations and atomising with the merciless eye of youth the growing follies, frustrations and eccentricities associated with the tragicomedy of extreme old age. Grandmother Anne, whose default mode is "eager pessimism" and whose conversation is described as "a string of non sequiturs linked by a general sense of discontent" is a particularly sad portrait.

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John Preston. Nothing wrong with that, except that Hugh, alas, is no longer in a position to review books, having died seven years ago., Eustace is undisputed patriarch of the Farquhar family. That is, he would be if everyone stopped mumbling, let him get on with his shaving and find his way downstairs.

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Eustace is the undisputed patriarch of the Farquhar family--that is, he would be if everyone left him alone so he could get on with things, like shaving, and finding his way downstairs. It's not Henry's fault that he snores and that his marriage has collapsed. Or that he failed to get into the cricket team. But he has made up for it and is now a faster motorist than ever he was a bowler. He is a good father too, and one day, when he wakes up from day-dreaming, his son Kenneth will thank him. It is good that Anne sleeps with a whistle in her mouth--how else could she terrify the burglars? As for Mathilda, she wold love to like her mother, but prefers going for long walks with the dog.

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  1. But there are other ways fiction can face potential legal problems, as Michael Holroyd discovered with this autobiographical novel A Dog's Life.

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