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Kansas in August

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Xual role reversal Rufus is having an affair with Henry's brother Hilary who wants to be a fath I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one It’s a very odd twisted and dark “slice of life” type story of a character study than a plot This is only the second of Patrick Gale’s books that I’ve read and while it’s nowhere near as good as A Place Called Winter it was still a good if weird read with intriguing characters and a slight uneasiness throughout that keeps you reading

Free read · PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ñ Patrick Gale

In this first novel Dr Henry Henrietta Metcalfe falls for a hitch hiker Rufus A psychiatrist an In one of Patrick Gale's earlier novels he tells the story of Hilary his elder sister Henrietta Henry and their lover bisexual piano teacher Rufus Whilst always enjoying the author's writing style I must admit that his earlier works have not usually impressed me as much as much as those from Notes from an Exhibition onwards by which time he had clearly honed his writing and story telling style There were also uite a few somewhat negative reviews of this one so I approached it with some trepidation however I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed both the story and the writing and felt that the main characters came to life A bit disappointed with the ending as would have liked to have known what happened to the characters later on particularly in relation to Danny but a good and uick read nonetheless 810

Patrick Gale ñ 6 review

D a teacher both are intent on concealing their true identities To complicate this comedy of se Enjoyable and humourous read

  • Paperback
  • 160
  • Kansas in August
  • Patrick Gale
  • English
  • 08 January 2019
  • 9780006545460

About the Author: Patrick Gale

Patrick was born on 31 January 1962 on the Isle of Wight where his father was prison governor at Camp Hill as his grandfather had been at nearby Parkhurst He was the youngest of four; one sister two brothers spread over ten years The family moved to London where his father ran Wandsworth Prison then to Winchester At eight Patrick began boarding as a Winchester College uirister at the cat



10 thoughts on “Kansas in August

  1. says:

    In one of Patrick Gale's earlier novels he tells the story of Hilary his elder sister Henrietta Henry and their lover bisexual piano teacher Rufus Whilst always enjoying the author's writing style I must admit that his earlier works have not usually impressed me as much as much as those from Notes from an Exhibition onwards by which time he had clearly honed his writing and story telling style There were also uite a few somewhat negative reviews of this one so I approached it with some trepidation however I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed both the story and the writing and felt that the main characters came to life A bit disappointed with the ending as would have liked to have known what happened to the characters later on particularly in relation to Danny but a good and uick read nonetheless 810

  2. says:

    Patrick Gale´s novel Kansas In August was an interesting if never a very engaging read It features some rather strange people There is a man called Hilary and a woman called Henry They are brother and sister They share a lover a bisexual guy called Rufus but neither brother nor sister is aware of the situation because certain parties have used false names It seems that these people always want to be someone elseHenry is the stronger character She is a successful medic specialising in often threatening psychiatric cases Hilary teaches music peripatetically Some of the children he meets might benefit from the attentions of his sister Rufus is a partially credible amalgam of a macho man gay pride anything perhaps that he can think of today But it is the word “think” that seems to provide the greatest challenge for these peopleThey are presented as contemporary Brits rattling around west London It is apparently always snowing There are constant strikes and various other social challenges that result in piles of rubbish permanently half hiding the urban decay that lines the streets There is much alcohol consumption and occasional drug abuse probably conceived as recreational despite the fact that no one ever seems to have any moneyHilary finds a baby – yes a real baby – abandoned in a cot He seems to think that finders can be keepers and sets about being its foster parent He seems to be under a personal impression that he can keep his find as if he had discovered a stray dog or a dropped wallet He sets about occasional feeding and watering and takes it out once in a while to provide diversion A young Asian girl befriends him and develops a crush And this character remember we have been told is au fait with teaching schooling and other things related to youngsters As I mentioned earlier “thinking” seems to challenge these peopleI admit to becoming rather confused as I read Patrick Gale´s novel I found these people uite incredible and not very likeable I did not understand and definitely did not empathise with any of their opinions or actions They all seemed completely self obsessed rather crass and crucially unable to imaging anything beyond the end of the nose Even immediate reality seemed to pass them by But then perhaps that is contemporary Britain something of a dross heap of selfishness But given west London and snow why “Kansas” and why “August” remain two uestions that still utterly defeat me

  3. says:

    Disappointed This is my fourth Gale book A Place Called Winter was just terrific and I most certainly enjoyed the others This one less so I could not cope with the adoption of Dan This lacked real credibility I found the characters shallow and had little empathy for them An early book first one?Just shows how a writer develops and improves over the years

  4. says:

    A cheeky little novella to tide me over in between hefty tomes As always from Mr Gale this was thought provoking book that paints a vignette of someone else's life so vividly you could pick up their interests That's what I love about his work

  5. says:

    this is not my favourite Gale bookbut its still agood one full of likeable characters which always helpsI think this is where Gale excels with his charactersInteresting the way they all were woven into each others lives and compelling enough to have me reading it in one sitting

  6. says:

    Enjoyable and humourous read

  7. says:

    A so so messed up tale about a drifter involved with a brother and sister

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this noveluntil the end it turns out I dont like any of the characters and i think the story was cut short I really did enjoy Gale's writting though and will try another by him

  9. says:

    I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one It’s a very odd twisted and dark “slice of life” type story of a character study than a plot This is only the second of Patrick Gale’s books that I’ve read and while it’s nowhere near as good as A Place Called Winter it was still a good if weird read with intriguing characters and a slight uneasiness throughout that keeps you reading

  10. says:

    An interesting and humorous story A fairly short read and humorous Interesting characters Not one of the authors best Suggest reading others though as they are much better and very well written

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