EBOOK READ Cleaver By Tim Parks
Ory is resolved when he demonstrates his core decency up for himself feels he is of value and rejects the manipulating nastiness of those who should love him his family In a sense he finds a new family in a very different placeI could only give this book 4 stars because there were a couple of errors of logic in it which revealed a need for a bit editing and the book is confusing enough with its switches between tense and point of view but I frankly couldn t put it down and I still ten days later think of the protagonist as a real person I m glad I read it and I heartily recommend it but it s a challenging read Bottom line if ou re middle aged and Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters you re interested in seeing a character bust loose from convention and finally at midlife find his own way this is a fantastic story It is rare to read a book that delves this deeply into the consciousness of its main character A brilliant study of estrangement At first I thought this was a bad translation but apparently in English readers have trouble getting used to the weird grammar too Nonetheless whenou ve read our share of Saramago it doesn t take very long to get used to the writin International media personality goes into hiding in long to get used to the writin International media personality goes into hiding in wake of character assassination For the first time in his life Harold Cleaver breaks with his usual diffident and even handed manner and rakes the American president over the coals in a televised interview Why His son Alex s book Under His Shadow billed as fiction mercilessly lampoons and harpoons the corpulent Cleaver s secrets and habits What can he do now Feeling raw and exposed Cleaver travels to the Alps on the Swiss Italian border to a tiny backward village to lick his wounds Cleaver will retire from the world and from the media No television no radio no cell phone no newspapers no computer and no media contact of any kind Cleaver goes cold turkey and off th. E and the interminable clamour of the public voiceWeeks later snowed in at five thousand feet harangued by voices from the past and humiliated by his inability to understand the Tyrolese peasants he relies on for food and whisky Cleaver discovers that there is nowhere so noisy and so dangerous as the solitary mind.
Tim Parks å 1 READ & DOWNLOADHas two opposite meanings I m a fan of Tim Parks writing but this one didn t uite work for me Great premise older high profile media celebrity think British Dan Rather decides to leave his career and his conflicted relationships with his wife and son And Retreat Alone To A retreat alone to a media free cabin in the Swiss Alps I was interested in his adjustment to solitude than his withdrawal from media and there just wasn t enough of the former I didn t finish it but I m glad I tried Sample uote Words mean less as experience accumulates he thought The ou have of both words and experience the less they seem to have to do with each other 83 f Neutral positive No regrets but no need to read again either This is a challenging book because it s written in stream of consciousness style which might be off putting to some However I found that aspect amusing because Cleaver s over active suirrel brain reminds me of my own leaping from subject to subject as I typically do But the story is a good one wherein a decent is played and manipulated throughout his life although he does a fair bit of the same achieving great heights of and accomplishment But at about age 60 sorry can t remember specifically grief stricken and at the end of his rope he takes his overweight and out of shape body and his tech addicted co dependent mind off on a crazy uest to find some kind of peace and independence some place in the world where he can either end it all or find himself He rents a very rustic cabin on the edge of the wilderness where he doesn t speak the language of the locals and thus is misunderstood mistrusted and insulated from humanity until the end of the book One of the interesting aspects of the story is the immersion in rural German culture Cleaver is also completely unprepared for the harshness of the winter in this mountain setting and almost dies as a result The st. Ident of the United States and suffered uncomfortable scrutiny following the publication of his elder son's novelised autobiography He flies to Milan and heads deep into the South Tyrol fetching up in the village of Luttach His uest to find a remote mountain hut to get beyond the reach of email and the mobile phon. The writing and structure of the storytelling in this book was note worthy Indeed I wish I were able to write like Tim #Parks But the story fell apart at the 34 mark and the end was a #But the story fell apart at the 34 mark and the end was a big flat balloon Still lots of good reason to read this book especially if ou re a writer studying craft Good read Memorable characters I have no baggage he declared Nothing So says Harold Cleaver upon his hasty departure from London but he takes a great deal of emotional baggage with HimA Well Known TV well known TV Cleaver has a reputation of being a first rate journalist and he had just given the President of the USA a roasting so why has he decided to take the first transport available to leave London Amanda his home and his family without even taking any luggage The catalyst was the novel written by his son titled Under his Shadow in which the protagonist s life was clearly based on Cleaver sClearly disturbed Cleaver decides I will write no letters he thought aware now that he was approaching the end of his journey He had not brought a laptop Or even a notepad Or even pen and paper Whatever is about to happen to me or around me
need never be told or expressedAnd so commences a new life in another country wherenever be told or expressedAnd so commences a new life in another country where doesn t know the language except for a few rudimentary words without any belongings friends or family Alone with a turmoil of thoughts he settles in a rough cottage high up in the mountains above Lutach South TyrolAs the harsh winter weather sets in he reflects on his son s words and his own actions He is in turn puzzled angry or disturbed as he mulls over what had been said In the silence and the cold of his new existence every sound and every thought is amplified He encounters abysses real and imagined He reflects on a life left behind and the possibility of a fresh startAnd just in case the reader is not aware of it Cleaver points out that the word cleave. Overweight and overwrought Howard Cleaver London's most successful journalist abruptly abandons home partner mistresses and above all television the instrument that brought him identity and power It is the autumn of 2004 and Cleaver has recently enjoyed the celebrity attending his memorable interview with the Pres.