Paul Bailey Gabriel's Lament (King Penguin)

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Gabriel's Lament (King Penguin)

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9780140100150: Gabriel's Lament (King Penguin)

This is the story of Gabriel Harvey who was happy until the day his father inherited a lot of money and became a snob. Then his beloved mother, 35 years her husband's junior, vanishes. Gabriel feels that he'll see her again, but gradually understands that her "holiday" is a complete separation.

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Bailey has fashioned an awkward buildungsroman in this, his sixth novel and the first to be published in America. The young man is Gabriel Harvey, an aspiring writer who believes his eccentricity and isolation are due to the dark influences of an uneducated, boorish father and a mother who disappeared when he was 13. The people Gabriel meets when he leaves home offer glimpses of the poorer classes in London, but they never become more than caricatures. Gabriel himself is a pale presence, becoming so obsessed with the memory of his mother that he imagines conversations with her ghost. The prose style is strained, either too precious or too tinged with self-pity to evoke pathos. Not a recommended purchase. Lucinda Ann Peck, Learning Design Associates, Gahanna, Ohio
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this "exotic" treatment of English eccentricity at its manic extreme, the reticent narrator, Gabriel Harvey, tells of his agonized efforts to come to terms with the loss of his mother, and of his appalling father. PW lauded Bailey's shining dialogue and his "word-perfect" character sketches.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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