- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press, Open City Books; First Trade Paper edition (November 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890447420
- ISBN-13: 978-1890447427
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mother's Milk: A Novel Paperback – November 9, 2006
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Mother's Milk was a 2005 New York Notable book and is a finalist for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.
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What is so exciting about this little novel is its very dry wit, seen most often in the character of Patrick. He calls his wife Mary and himself trainee parents. He opines that newborn babies "can't sweat, can't walk, can't talk, can't read, can't drive, can't sign a check." They are unlike horses who can stand a few hours after they are born. "'If horses went in for banking, they'd have a credit line by the end of the week.'" And sometimes a woman is just a woman "before you light her up."
The author reserves his most biting satire, however, for these United States. Having lost the ancestral home in the South of France, the Melrose family travels to America. While their plane is still on the ground at Heathrow, they spot a woman "sagging at the knees under her own weight." Like many Americans, they are so fat that they have "decided to become their own air-bag systems in a dangerous world." Patrick says he will call himself an "'international tourist on the grounds that that was how President Bush pronounced 'international terrorist.'" Finally there is much ado about the awfulness of American cuisine. The Melroses discover that french fries are not called "freedom fries" on a menu. Patrick decides that is is probably easier to write "God Bless Our Troops" than to reprint the menus. At the Better Latte Than Never coffee shop the waiter tells Patrick to "have a great one!" He sees that as as "hyperinflation" of "have a nice day." Patrick then goes on a tear, suggesting "Have a blissful one." "'You all make sure you have an all-body orgasm,' he whispered in a Southern accent, 'and make it last.' Because you deserve it. . . In the end, there was only so much you could expect from a cup of coffee and an uneatable muffin." Goodness knows that American road food is an easy target for satire. We all can tell horror stories of inedible U. S. restaurant offerings. One has to wonder, however, if this writer has ever tasted victuals in his own country. The only decent food I ever ate in England was in an Indian restaurant.
Some of the phrases bewitch you with its novelty and lingering contemplation.
Encourages you to read more of the author though to compare him with Evelyn Waugh and Oscar Wilde, as some important West's publications have done, is a little far-fetched.
The author doesn't have the expanse of a few of the real great literary talents who have enriched generations.
But he would do for the moment.
just like life itself. Very rewarding though very
sad. The writing is fresh (original and biting).
I laughed out loud and sometimes experienced
great despair. Probably, to the dislike of the author,
an unintentioned self-help book. We can know everything
we need to become the selves we imagine and only
suffer in the attempt to change.
This is why I read, to experience what we all know must be hidden,
the true conditions of our lives.