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Brother of the More Famous Jack  - Barbara Trapido

Brother of the More Famous Jack

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Stylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the centre of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife Jane gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets the volatile, stroppy Jonathan and his older, more beautiful brother Roger, who wins her heart. First love quickly leads to heartbreak and sends her fleeing to Rome but, ten years on, she returns to find the Goldmans again. A little wiser and a lot more grown-up, Katherine faces her future.

Brother of the More Famous Jack is Barbara Trapido's highly acclaimed and much loved debut; a book that redefined the coming-of-age novel.

About the Author

Barbara Trapido is the author of seven novels including Brother of the More Famous Jack (winner of a Whitbread special prize for fiction), Temples of Delight(shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award), The Travelling Horn Player (shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Novel Award), and, most recently, Frankie & Stankie (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize). She lives in Oxford.

In its mix of people from different spheres, Sex and Stravinsky, published by Bloomsbury in May 2010 and in paperback in May 2011, throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it comes together like a dance; a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem.

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5.0

Great Read excellent writng

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Brother of the More Famous Jack:

    Wonderful read and well worth a second or third down the track....

     
    4.0

    I have discovered Barbara Trapido

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Highly recommended
    • Page Turner
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Brother of the More Famous Jack:

      I am so grateful to the Bookclub on ABC who introduced me to this wonderful novelist. I have subsequently read three other books of hers, purchased through Booktopia, and highly recommend her.

       
      3.0

      AN INTERESTING READING EXPERIENCE!!!!!

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      • Depressing And Sad
      • Disappointing
      • Strongly Female Oriented

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      Comments about Brother of the More Famous Jack:

      Apparently, BROTHER OF THE MORE FAMOUS JACK is a classic of modern European literature. Apparently, it is also hysterically funny, and according to my favourite quoted review from the front of the book, The Daily Telegraph, says it is "very funny, very English, and very sad." Well I certainly agree with at least one of these points. There is nothing more English than this novel. Even the sadness factor has faded to a potential figure of pure opacity for the reader, as nothing remotely melancholy has been talked about by this celebrated and deservedly much loved author yet. (I am up to page eighty!)

      The writing itself is a joy to read. The competence, self confidence and assuredness of Ms Trapido is a thing of wonder, even more so when you realise this was her first published novel. The characters quite literally jump out of the book's universe and poke you in the eye. Some you hate, some you love and some you just wish they would cut the time wasting and jump into bed together. To be honest, though, my favourite (so far) of the family is the young violin prodigy Master Roger, who seems to have more mood swings than the grandfather clock's pendulum. Young Roger, who is destined to be loved by Katherine (or is he?) and of course there is his younger brother Jonathan... (Oooerrr!) Plus three other siblings, with one more about to enter via stage left (and the emergency birthing department of the local bedroom upstairs, if you know what I mean).

      Young Katherine is immediately befriended by the woman of the household, Jane Goldman, and it is fair to say the two of them enjoy their fair share of giggle parties and mascara swapping, and stuff. There is also an interesting degree of political incorrectness to be found amongst these hallowed pages, too, but given the book's essential nature as a family drama, I guess that is to be expected.

      The book's blurb printed on the back cover is about the only thing preventing me from throwing the paperback across the room to land messily and harmfully in my small indoor fish tank. At least there, (the book's back cover, not the fish tank!) one can find a hint of the promise of significant drama, some compelling reason to keep reading and find out who ends up with whom, and whose heart is broken into a million pieces. And by whom. And of course, what else is planned to occur.

      At my early stage of the book - page eighty - I give it three stars. Assuming I reach the end in one piece (and assuming the book is still in one piece by then, too!) then i will plan to update to this review.

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      Ok the book is finished! Certainly on reflection the second half was better but it was overwhelmingly sad and even the emotionally high points (Katherine getting pregnant for a second time) was fraught with danger and even the reader was scared of at least one dreadful event, if not two. My over riding emotion is one of relief that the book is finished, and that i can get on with something else. I will definitely keep the book on my "literature" shelf but i am certainly not in any rush to read the thing again. My initial rating of three stars remains.

      BFN Greggorio!

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      'Perfect characters and dialogue - the most satisfying book I've ever read' Jane Green, Red 'A story, like Mansfield Park, of falling in love with a whole family' A. N. Wilson, Spectator 'The style is hectic and passionate, the jokes thick and fast, the emotions full and right, the humanity total and engulfing ... a first fruit to savour and exalt' Andrew Sinclair, The Times 'There are few modern tales of first love and its disillusions that are as thoroughly realised, as brilliantly lewd, and as hilariously satisfying to men and women of all ages as this one' Rachel Cusk

      ISBN: 9780747599586
      ISBN-10: 0747599580
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 256
      Published: 1st February 2009
      Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.7
      Weight (kg): 0.18
      Edition Number: 2