Brother of the More Famous Jack

Brother of the More Famous Jack

by Barbara Trapido


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ISBN-13: 9781620407226
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,060,698
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of seven novels. She lives in Oxford, England.

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Brother of the More Famous Jack 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Brother of the More Famous Jack is the first novel by British author, Barbara Trapido. It won the 1982 Whitbread Special Prize for Fiction. Katherine Browne is somewhat surprised to gain a University place in London after her interview with philosophy Professor Jacob Goldman, and even more surprised to find herself taken to his country house by a prospective lover. It becomes the first of many visits, as Katherine is enveloped into this large family’s chaotic life. Almost inevitably, she falls for Jacob’s eldest son, Roger. And just as inevitably, when the relationship ends, she flees to Italy, where a very different life awaits.  This is a novel that proceeds at a gentle pace; the plot is perhaps a little predictable, yet there are plenty of surprises and, towards the end, many laugh-out-loud moments. Trapido’s characters have depth and appeal: all have their flaws, but are often the more loveable for them. Trapido treats the reader to some wonderful prose: “He fixed me under his black horsehair eyebrows with what I took to be smouldering animosity……..He had hair to match his eyebrows sprouting, intimidatingly, like sofa stuffing from the neck of his open shirt” and “…whatever the Goldmans’ furniture says about them, it also says that they are articulate enough to contradict what it might attempt to say” and “In a house full of talkers Roger never talked much. He always disliked the unremarkable small change of conversation” are a few examples. An amazing debut. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, funny, raunchy, sad. Hugely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished reading in 2 days. I laughed, cried, smiled and thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.
planner-30 More than 1 year ago
I thought I would enjoy this book based on reviews I had read. I was very disappointed to find there were no characters I cared about and really no story tell. I could call it a book about a woman's journey to self discovery but there is not one "ahah!" moment in the book. I gave it 2 stars only because I found the writing style pleasant.