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Some Hope
Some Hope | Edward St Aubyn
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THE THIRD PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL. Patrick Melrose, cleaned-up and world-weary, is a reluctant guest at a glittering party deep in the English countryside. Amid a crowd of flitting social dragonflies, he finds his search for redemption and capacity for forgiveness challenged by his observation of the cruelties around him. Armed with his biting wit and a newly fashioned openness, can Patrick, who has been to the furthest limits of experience and back again, find release from the savageries of his childhood? This title was originally published, along with Never Mind and Bad News, as part of a 3-book package, also called Some Hope.
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cariashley
Some Hope | Edward St Aubyn
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Mehso-so

The third installment hews closer to the first but wasn‘t quite as razor sharp; it felt more exaggerated to me. It‘s over the top snide about the British upper class; I think if it had honed in more closely on particular characters rather than taking a bird‘s eye view of many, I would have liked it more.

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Minervasbutler
Some Hope | Edward St Aubyn
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Pickpick

Last of the original trilogy sees Patrick now off the drugs but still trying to imbue his life with some kind of meaning and struggling to make peace with the memory of his monstrous father. The ghastly Nicholas Pratt and the unspeakable Bridget make a welcome return, but the highlight of this installment is the superb portrait of Princess Margaret (bang goes the knighthood I fear Mr St Aubyn) who manages to out-snob even Nicholas. Wonderful.

Herschelian The trilogy has been made into a film (or possibly TV series) starring Benedict Cumberbatch - due to be released soon. 13mo
Minervasbutler @Herschelian yep, my wife's been watching it which is what triggered the reread 13mo
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Bookboss
Some Hope | Edward St Aubyn
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Pickpick

The first two books in the Patrick Melrose series were so heartbreaking that I wasn‘t sure I could continue. The prose is sharp, witty, and compelling, but the subject matter of child abuse and drug addiction overwhelmed me. The new dramatization starring Benedict Cumberbatch urged me to try again. Some Hope is aptly titled. The prose is still just as sharp, and Patrick is still struggling, but hope is present.

Dulcinella I only read the first part, but felt I needed a pause before going to the next book. Excellent, but dark story. 1y
Mariposa_Bookworm I watched the series and haven‘t read the books (Blasphemy! I know) I had to see the love of my life in this series because he is AMAZING! It was so intense that I feel I must read the books as well. Thankfully, Benedict is on the cover of the edition with all three novels. 😍 1y
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Paloma
Some Hope | Edward St Aubyn
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I enjoyed Some Hope as much as I enjoyed Never Mind, the first Patrick Melrose novel. The second, Bad News, is still my favourite and that's because it's solely from Patrick's POV. I love Patrick as the narrator. Some Hope, like Never Mind, has several POVs which helps the reader get into the headspace of the wealthy and titled to fully comprehend how absurd these privileged people really are but the Patrick bits were, of course, my favourite.