Notes from an Exhibition

Notes from an Exhibition[Epub] ❦ Notes from an Exhibition Author Patrick Gale – Heartforum.co.uk When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children havethan the usual mess to clear up She leaves behind an extraordina When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children havethan the usual mess to clear up She leaves behind an extraordinary and acclaimed body of work but she also leaves a legacy of secrets and emotional damage that will take months to unravel.

Patrick was born on January on the Isle of Wight, where his father was prison governor at Camp Hill, as his grandfather had been at nearby Parkhurst He was the youngest of four one sister, two brothers, spread over ten years The family moved to London, where his father ran Wandsworth Prison, then to Winchester At eight Patrick began boarding as a Winchester College Quirister at the cathedral choir school, Pilgrim s At thirteen he went on to Winchester College He finished his formal education with an English degree from New College, Notes from PDF/EPUB or Oxford in He has never had a grown up job For three years he lived at a succession of addresses, from a Notting Hill bedsit to a crumbling French chateau While working on his first novels he eked out his slender income with odd jobs as a typist, a singing waiter, a designer s secretary, a ghost writer for an encyclopedia of the musical and, increasingly, as a book reviewer His first two novels, The Aerodynamics of Pork and Ease were published by Abacus on the same day in June The following year he moved to Camelford near the north coast of Cornwall and began a love affair with the county that has fed his work ever sinceHe now lives in the far west, on a farm near Land s End with his husband, Aidan Hicks There they raise beef cattle and grow barley Patrick is obsessed with the garden they have created in what must be one of England s windiest sites and deeply resents the time his writing makes him spend away from working in it As well as gardening, he plays both the modern and baroque cello His chief extravagance in life is opera tickets.

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  • 377 pages
  • Notes from an Exhibition
  • Patrick Gale
  • English
  • 15 December 2019
  • 0007254660

10 thoughts on “Notes from an Exhibition

  1. Angela M says:

    At first I wondered if this novel was going to be just another telling of a dysfunctional family where the children return home after the death of a parent and make peace with their past and each other But this was different it was definitely not predictable The center of the story is Rachel Kelly, an artist who is bipolar The narrative moves back and forth in time, not in chronological order, from multiple points of view Rachel , her husband Anthony, a stoic and devout Quaker , their fo At first I wondered if this novel was going to be just another telling of a dysfunctional family where the children return home after the death of a parent and make peace with their past and each other But this was different it was definitely not predictable The center of the story is Rachel Kelly, an artist who is bipolar The narrative moves back and forth in time, not in chronological order, from multiple points of view Rachel , her husband Anthony, a stoic and devout Quaker , their four children , and others , each beginning with a description of one of her works There are poignant moments when her youngest son carries home from the beach stones representing each of the family members and doesn t want to leave any behind even the heavier ones because it s us There are sad moments when a traditional birthday celebration with Rachel and each of her children turn out not as happy as we would have hoped There are learning moments as I knew very little about Quakerism Their individual stories unfold slowly through their chapters as well as those of their siblings and parents ,and reveal how they have been affected by their mother , their wife and how they were inevitably affected by her mental illness, by her art and creatively It is just as much their story as it is Rachel s There are things we don t know for a while We know little about Rachel s past and neither does her family untilthan halfway through We don t know until close to the end what happened to Petroc and for most of the book we know little about her daughter Morwenna, who has inherited her mother s talent as well as her illness This was a compelling read for me because from the beginning I wanted to know these things and to understand these characters It s not an easy subject matter to portray, but Gale has elegantly done so This is the first book I have read by Gale and I will almost certainly read .Thanks to Open Road Media for making available this previously published novel , which I may not have found if it were not made available on NetGalley

  2. Kaye Vincent says:

    I don t want to say too much about this it should be a discovery that all readers make on their own, with no preconceptions It s not easy to categorise it s not a romance, although there are romantic elements It s not a biography, although at times it feels like one and from the author s notes, certainly uses aspects of his own experience It s a slice of life from fairly ordinary and yet so very extraordinary characters It s beautiful and painful and sweet and fulfilling and gut wrench I don t want to say too much about this it should be a discovery that all readers make on their own, with no preconceptions It s not easy to categorise it s not a romance, although there are romantic elements It s not a biography, although at times it feels like one and from the author s notes, certainly uses aspects of his own experience It s a slice of life from fairly ordinary and yet so very extraordinary characters It s beautiful and painful and sweet and fulfilling and gut wrenchingly real But most of all, I have never read an ending quite like this Even now, the moment described haunts me and I can t for the life of me determine if it s the very saddest, or the most euphoric ending I have experienced Certainly one of the most affecting I have ever read and desperately human Read it, then read the author notes to gain greater understanding Definitely in this order not the other way round, or you will spoil your adventure Patrick Gale I salute you A thing of beauty

  3. Kirsty Darbyshire says:

    Some books are great and you want to turn the pages faster and faster because you are so enjoying reading them but then other books are really fabulous and you want to turn the pages slower and slower to make them last This story is one of the latter Only when I discovered that Patrick Gale has a decent sized back catalogue to look into did I allow myself to keep reading to the end at a reasonable pace I know I m going to keep thinking about this story for weeks to come at least.The central Some books are great and you want to turn the pages faster and faster because you are so enjoying reading them but then other books are really fabulous and you want to turn the pages slower and slower to make them last This story is one of the latter Only when I discovered that Patrick Gale has a decent sized back catalogue to look into did I allow myself to keep reading to the end at a reasonable pace I know I m going to keep thinking about this story for weeks to come at least.The central character here is Rachel Kelly an artist living in Cornwall, mother to four children, married to a Quaker, suffering from manic depression, with origins on the other side of the Atlantic All these things become clear early in the book and yet the story is still a delicately told unwrapping and revealing of her life The characters of the four children are wonderful, it s a completely convincing and realistic portrait of a family anchored around someone who is in many ways entirely unsuitable as an anchor The storytelling is perfect, dipping backwards and forwards in time without jarring and details being uncovered all the way through I can t think of anything bad to say about the book except I could have read a lotof it

  4. Rebecca says:

    4.5 Nonlinear chapters give snapshots of the life of bipolar Cornwall artist Rachel Kelly and her interactions with her husband and four children, all of whom are desperate to earn her love Quakerism, with its emphasis on silence and the inner light in everyone, sets up a calm and compassionate atmosphere, but also allows for family secrets to proliferate There are two cameo appearances by an intimidating Dame Barbara Hepworth, and three wonderfully horrible scenes in which Rachel gives a ch 4.5 Nonlinear chapters give snapshots of the life of bipolar Cornwall artist Rachel Kelly and her interactions with her husband and four children, all of whom are desperate to earn her love Quakerism, with its emphasis on silence and the inner light in everyone, sets up a calm and compassionate atmosphere, but also allows for family secrets to proliferate There are two cameo appearances by an intimidating Dame Barbara Hepworth, and three wonderfully horrible scenes in which Rachel gives a child a birthday outing The novel questions patterns of inheritance e.g of talent and mental illness and whether happiness is possible in such a mixed up family Our joint highest book club rating ever We all said we d readby Gale

  5. Bettie says:

    Description When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children havethan the usual mess to clear up She leaves behind an extraordinary and acclaimed body of work but she also leaves a legacy of secrets and emotional damage that will take months to unravel.Opening Rachel was woken by a painting or, rather, by the idea of one Her first response on waking was anguish such as one felt when torn from any dream Description When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies painting obsessively in her attic studio in Penzance, her saintly husband and adult children havethan the usual mess to clear up She leaves behind an extraordinary and acclaimed body of work but she also leaves a legacy of secrets and emotional damage that will take months to unravel.Opening Rachel was woken by a painting or, rather, by the idea of one Her first response on waking was anguish such as one felt when torn from any dreaming rapture and she shut her eyes again, breathing deeply in an effort to return to sleep at once and recapture the dream where she had left off But she was awake and her brain was fizzing in a way that would have had Jack Trescothick testing her blood and reviewing her prescription had he known.This didn t resonate as much as I had hoped a flatline 3 is all that it is worth.4 A Perfectly Good Man3 Notes from an ExhibitionWL A Place Called Winter

  6. Betsy Robinson says:

    I don t have strong positive or negative feelings about this story of a bi polar artist and her family It is told out of chronological order, and it felt as if the haphazardness of the chapters was to create some kind of plot tension that didn t really succeed for me.I like the title a lot because it is accurate the family and the relationships are an exhibition, and the text is notes.The writing is serviceable I was interested and entertained and probably would have finished this book even i I don t have strong positive or negative feelings about this story of a bi polar artist and her family It is told out of chronological order, and it felt as if the haphazardness of the chapters was to create some kind of plot tension that didn t really succeed for me.I like the title a lot because it is accurate the family and the relationships are an exhibition, and the text is notes.The writing is serviceable I was interested and entertained and probably would have finished this book even if it weren t my book club s pick for this month But I m not sure I would have picked the book in the first place

  7. Stephanie Davies says:

    Given high praise from Stephen Fry on the front cover, so I decided to review this one for the student newspaper It was disappointing.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 nothingthan a vessel for her mental disorder.The novel is written fro Given high praise from Stephen Fry on the front cover, so I decided to review this one for the student newspaper It was disappointing.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 nothingthan 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 Morwenna, Rachel s daughter, who is engaging as a child but turns out to be wholly predictable when she reappears Though the characters are well developed, many are one dimensional, and Rachel s four children lack substance as adults However, the book s main strength is its fascinating insight into each child s reaction to Rachel s illness The evocations of the certainties and claustrophobia of childhood provide rare moments of sincerity The chapter where son Garfield hint try to read without picturing a large ginger cat visits his mother in a psychiatric hospital on his birthday is especially heartbreaking.I thought that many of the subsidiary characters were sketchy stereotypes, and none of the women were likeable However, the characters of Hedley and Petroc, and the rest of Rachel s children when met during childhood, were beautiful characters

  8. Jane says:

    What can I add to the many reviews here except perhaps that I have read most of Patrick s work not in order I hasten to add and this is one of his best This author is one of, if not the most consistent current writers who just lives and breathes life, particularly family life with so much fine detail and with such warmth and emotion Every one of his novels takes you on a journey, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always with a depth and clarity his fellow novelists don t match Cornwall is a What can I add to the many reviews here except perhaps that I have read most of Patrick s work not in order I hasten to add and this is one of his best This author is one of, if not the most consistent current writers who just lives and breathes life, particularly family life with so much fine detail and with such warmth and emotion Every one of his novels takes you on a journey, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always with a depth and clarity his fellow novelists don t match Cornwall is as ever given star billing, and his uncanny viewpoints from a woman s perspective are, once again, incredibly accurate and beautifully drawn Rachel just talked to me from his words, the artist, the mother, the twist at the end Wonderful stuff Mr Gale I doubt you will ever surpass Rough Music for me for those who have never read it, do so but this came close Every time I read Patrick s work I just wish I could write like him Stunning language, feeling and incredible detail on all manner of subjects I have never read any of his work without wanting to cry or cheer the hero ine home Look forward to my next treat, his new work

  9. Deborah Pickstone says:

    Why have I not read Patrick Gale before What have I been doing What an absolutely riveting story.slowly rolled out by an expert plotter and filled with beautifully drawn, 3 dimensional characters, a couple of mysteries we are tantalised by until close to the endA wonderful picture of creative energy impacted by mental instability intensity and of mental health impacted by the creative drive Of a family affected by both Of a family of Quakers with one dissenter to add counterpoise O Why have I not read Patrick Gale before What have I been doing What an absolutely riveting story.slowly rolled out by an expert plotter and filled with beautifully drawn, 3 dimensional characters, a couple of mysteries we are tantalised by until close to the endA wonderful picture of creative energy impacted by mental instability intensity and of mental health impacted by the creative drive Of a family affected by both Of a family of Quakers with one dissenter to add counterpoise Of a family affected by the death of a whirlwind member There are so many layers to this I could start re reading right away off to orderof his novels

  10. Asghar Abbas says:

    Cornwall was beautiful It was ok ish I liked the paintwork though.

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