Notes from an Exhibition - Patrick Gale Reviews
Description:ISBN 0007254660 / Author: Patrick Gale / Genre: Crime / Thriller
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by - written on 24/03/08, updated on 24/03/08 (Very useful, 134 readings)
I first came across this book in a shop on the Richard & Judy Book Club stand. Reading the back of the book it sounded interesting so i put it on my wish list. So when my vouchers came through, Notes from an Exhibition was bought. The book tells the story of a famous artists life, Rachel Kelly. She is bipolar and her family have had to grow accustomed to her behavior. She is something of an enigma to her husband Antony and her 4 children. The story gets going when Rachel is found dead in her Penzance studio leaving behind a set of marvelous paintings, the family crave for answers. Her Quaker husband goes on the internet looking for information about her ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/10/08, updated on 11/10/08 (Very useful, 253 readings)
To try to describe the plot of Patrick Gale's novel "Notes on an Exhibition" is as difficult a task as to try to explain what a piece of abstract art is about. In fact, this novel is less of a story than it is a portrait of a personality and the life around her. The action of this book revolves around Rachel Kelly, an artist who came from Canada and lived most of her life in Cornwall. What's more, Rachel is bipolar (manic-depressive), and this effects not only her own outlook on life, but also all those around her as well as her art. To tell you more than this, would be counter-productive, since nothing is truly obvious from the outset of this book, and you Read the complete review
by - written on 26/01/10 (Very useful, 72 readings)
I'd never read a Patrick Gale novel before but noticed this one in the library and was sure I'd read something good about it somewhere so thought it might be worth a read. The novel centres on the life of Rachel Kelly, a famous artist who has suffered from bipolar disorder (manic depression) all her life. Living with her has been an emotional rollercoaster for her Quaker husband Antony and their four children, as Rachel bounds from flighty and manic creative highs to crippling and devastating lows. However when she is found dead in her studio, her family discover some fantastic paintings that have never been seen before. This makes them think about how little they really Read the complete review
by - written on 22/05/09 (Very useful, 20 readings)
I have read several books by Patrick Gale and enjoyed them all. This is his most profile one to date as it was chosen as a "Richard and Judy" recommended read. It tells the story of Rachel Kelly, a successful artist who is bipolar and her family, including her husband Anthony and her grownup children. It does not give too much away to say that it starts with her death and then tells her life story and the impact she has had on her children's lives by selecting key points in their lives. It also describes their varying reactions to her death with the backdrops of their own current situations. Each section begins with the titular ... Read the complete review
by - written on 22/05/11 (Useful, 7 readings)
This novel was given high praise from Stephen Fry on the front cover, so I gave it the benefit of doubt and bought a copy. I was disappointed. We meet manic-depressive artist Rachel at various stages of her life; as a precocious student, a promiscuous teen and an unloving mother; but never as a likeable character. Her lack of maternal feeling makes it difficult for the reader to have compassion for the tortured artist, who seems nothing more than a vessel for her mental disorder. The novel is written from several points of view, with each character introduced in a new chapter, and some very late. Perhaps the most anticipated is the elusive ... Read the complete review
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