I am quite surprised that this book is so enjoyable. I didn't expect much from it as I haven't heard of the author before, even though it was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.
The story described the 2000-2003 summer holidays of Patrick Melrose, a London lawyer, and his eccentric family: his dying mother Eleanor who gave away her estate to the charity; his wife Mary who refused to sleep with him ever since their second child was born; his 5-year old son Robert who caught him having an affair with his former girlfriend Julia; and his infant son Thomas who talked like an adult.
Patrick was going through a mid-life crisis and his family was driving him crazy all these years. The story doesn't have a strong or dramatic plot. But it is funny with crisp dialogues and good insight into the lives of the Londoners. It's really hilarious....Continua