Family Planning

Family Planning

by Tim Parks
     
 

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Raymond Baldwin is thirty-two years old, six foot one and a half, and stark raving mad. He assaults his parents, sends pornographic letters to his sister, and believes the forces of darkness are ranged against him. But he has the madman's gift of sweet reason when dealing with psychiatrists and social workers, who file cheery reports on his progress and refuse to… See more details below

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Raymond Baldwin is thirty-two years old, six foot one and a half, and stark raving mad. He assaults his parents, sends pornographic letters to his sister, and believes the forces of darkness are ranged against him. But he has the madman's gift of sweet reason when dealing with psychiatrists and social workers, who file cheery reports on his progress and refuse to commit him. What is to be done about Raymond?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schizophrenic Raymond Baldwin sends pornographic letters to his siblings, assaults his parents, and at times believes he is a Moslem fanatic. Raymond is the albatross around his English family's neck. His mutton-headed, absentee father and meddling mother can't handle him; his sister, who's ghostwriting a rock 'n' roll book, and her American husband, a conceited academic, have their own worries. Rounding out this motley clan are a pair of fraternal twins, one a preening snob, the other a political hanger-on and moocher who gushes over his married mistress while wooing his left-wing Italian girlfriend (``It is the capitalism which has destroyed the family,'' she writes). Brilliantly original, painfully funny, sane and bawdy, this semi-epistolary novel maps the vast emotional distances that can exist between blood relations. Self-interest is the cardinal rule governing all these fools except for Raymond, and he, alas, is mad. But his manic yawp crystallizes the pain of wounds that never heal as he exposes an icy coldness at the heart of the family and, by implication, of Thatcher's England. Parks's ( Loving Roger ) tragicomic satire is not to be missed. (Sept.)

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ISBN-13:
9780749396794
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/26/1998
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.87(d)

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