It's All Right Now

It's All Right Now

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It's All Right Now

Blackwell North Amer
Tom Ripple is an ordinary man living an ordinary life, and yet, in It's All Right Now, he emerges as one of the most vividly realised characters in contemporary fiction.
From a north London suburb in the 1970s, we pursue and engage with Ripple through to the present day, seeing through his own eyes a series of rich and complex relationships - with wife and children, neighbours, girlfriends, colleagues and friends; and his continuous search for certainties and specifics - both moral and pragmatic. Through the vitality of his perspective and a growing sense of the sorrow and absurdity of the world, Ripple becomes a classic anti-hero, all too aware of his ordinariness, with a ribald sense of humour and an inevitable clumsiness in his attempts at emotional connection with others.

Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2005
ISBN: 9780571223589
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Jun 29, 2015

This was a daunting book. It is almost 700 pages and took me 10 weeks of start and stop reading. It is a lifelong journal of a very ordinary man living a pretty uneventful life. At first I wasn't sure if I would carry on. Tom Ripple is married with two children but seems very removed from them. His wife is a social worker who knows the right way to do everything and he seems very much the sidekick. As time goes on he divorces (his wife says they have run their course and it's time to move on), and maintains a very slim relationship with his children. I read on because I couldn't help myself. Tom and his single life and his relationships with his children, his ex-wife and his neighbours grew on me, and I confess that as I neared the end I purposely stopped because I knew the ending and I didn't want it to come.

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