Peter Smart's Confessions PDF ☆ Peter Smart's ePUB

Peter Smart's Confessions PDF ☆ Peter Smart's ePUB


Peter Smart's Confessions [Read] ➪ Peter Smart's Confessions ➲ Paul Bailey – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Peter Smart is a man with a highly developed sense of his own inadequacy a gentle person whose self induced confession of his past failures gradually but perceptibly evolves into a grotesque portrait Peter Smart is a man with a highly developed sense of his own inadequacy a gentle person whose self induced confession of his past failures gradually but perceptibly evolves into a grotesque portrait gallery of the extraordinary people who have Peter Smart's ePUB ↠ always surrounded himAs he sits down to bare his soul, he finds, to his surprise, that it is these other personalities who fascinate and command the stage In youth he has been flanked by a virago of a mother, aptly dubbed by her in laws as mouth and trousers by mother s decrepit paramour, Dr Leonard Cottie, author of the astonishingly boring With Stethoscope and Scalpel his brownish grandmother, who, cosily reeking of beer and tobacco, chuckles over penny dreadfulls like Ainslie Gritter s The Fatal Cup of Cocoa.

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  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Peter Smart's Confessions
  • Paul Bailey
  • English
  • 21 February 2019
  • 0224013580

About the Author: Paul Bailey

British writer and Literary Fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities , he was Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the North Dakota State University He was awarded the E M Forster Award in and in Peter Smart's ePUB ↠ he won the George Orwell Prize for his essay The Limitations of Despair , first published in The Listener magazine.



10 thoughts on “Peter Smart's Confessions

  1. Brendan O& Brendan O& says:

    Great fun story, telling of a very sad tale Well written, to the point and, at parts, heart wrenching Well worth an effort in seeking out this Booker shortlisted novel from the 1980 s

  2. Colin Davison Colin Davison says:

    Having previously read Bailey s Gabriel s Lament, I thought this earlier Booker short listed novel resembled a swiftly written sketch for the later, ratherdeveloped version.The ingredients are similar, a cast of stagey, grotesque characters, including again a memorably pitiless mother One cannot imagine an elderly Mrs Bailey waiting with eager anticipation for her third manifestation in one of her son s novels.It s hard to detect any sympathy for this constantly denigrating figure, who re Having previously read Bailey s Gabriel s Lament, I thought this earlier Booker short listed novel resembled a swiftly written sketch for the later, ratherdeveloped version.The ingredients are similar, a cast of stagey, grotesque characters, including again a memorably pitiless mother One cannot imagine an elderly Mrs Bailey waiting with eager anticipation for her third manifestation in one of her son s novels.It s hard to detect any sympathy for this constantly denigrating figure, who refuses to use Peter s name, and refers to him only as You This seems too vivid an idea to be pure invention by the author, and even in the epiloge, that explains and extenuates the circumstances of those who have gone before, there is a last jab of his pen to comment on her cruel dying bequest.Characters met along the way include her decrepit, delusional ex surgeon lover, a gay Wagnerian actor and Peter s occasional lover boys, and the neurotic Nancy whom he ill advisedly marries out of pity.The narrative is episodic, its sharp dialogue fitting into the shape of a four act play childhood, adolescence, the actor s career, and marriage, followed by a fellow actor s closing address to the audience.It was no surprise to discover that Bailey had worked as an actor for eight years, as could be guessed from the fun he has with spoofs on regional theatre, including the splendidly pretentious Evening dress essential in blank verse for Cedric and Lydia at the Edinburgh festival.His send up of a production of Hamlet, in which the prince s motivation is determined by hereditary syphillis, is just a little far fetched in imaging a posh paper review that deals exclusively with Peter Smart s portrayal of a minor character and the profound inner meaning of his delivery of three words Good, my lord Nevertheless, there are amusing shots of life as a touring actor, from the awful digs to the back stage drollery that invents additional characters from Shakespeare s text, Art Prithee the saxophonist, Madam Ho the Chinese laundress, Han d s Apt the Flemish artist and Madam Come, who naturally runs a brothel.I ll listen out for them at the RSC

  3. Steve Steve says:

    A semi autobiographical novel in two distinct parts Peter s confessions focus firstly on his childhood shaping under an absent father and mentally ill mother and grandmother, followed by an unexpected theatrical romp through adult actor life and sexual exploration, both segments linked together by outworkings of depressive impulsion and a little grotesque characterisation False ending resolution rescued things a little Overall, haphazard but somewhat compelling.

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