Bad News

Edward St. Aubyn

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Bad News Twenty two years old and in the grip of a massive addiction Patrick Melrose is forced to fly to New York to collect his father s ashes Over the course of a weekend Patrick s remorseless search for d

  • Title: Bad News
  • Author: Edward St. Aubyn
  • ISBN: 9780749398729
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twenty two years old and in the grip of a massive addiction, Patrick Melrose is forced to fly to New York to collect his father s ashes Over the course of a weekend, Patrick s remorseless search for drugs on the avenues of Manhattan, haunted by old acquaintances and insistent inner voices, sends him into a nightmarish spiral Alone in his room at the Pierre Hotel, he pushTwenty two years old and in the grip of a massive addiction, Patrick Melrose is forced to fly to New York to collect his father s ashes Over the course of a weekend, Patrick s remorseless search for drugs on the avenues of Manhattan, haunted by old acquaintances and insistent inner voices, sends him into a nightmarish spiral Alone in his room at the Pierre Hotel, he pushes body and mind to the very edge desperate always to stay one step ahead of his rapidly encroaching past.Bad News was originally published, along with Never Mind and Some Hope, as part of a three book omnibus also called Some Hope.

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    1. Paul Bryant on said:

      Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread.Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.Psalm 53.******I cannot be the only reader of Bad News who by page 20 had already cast the gold-medallist of supercilious contempt Richard E Grant of Withnail and Ias Patrick Melrose, the ghastly rich 22 year old English junkie. As soon as young Melrose stares into the room, his eyes like slits, his pallor [...]

    2. Helle on said:

      (3.5 stars) Edward St Aubyn is a really clever man. He has managed to write a novel whose protagonist is a selfish, tragic, upper-class drug addict and whose content I disliked throughout nearly the entire book. Yet, I am helplessly drawn to this series about Patrick Melrose because St Aubyn just writes so damn well:The four Valiums he had stolen from Kay had helped him face breakfast, but now he could feel the onset of withdrawal, like a litter of drowning kittens in the sack of his stomach.Bad [...]

    3. Roman Clodia on said:

      The tragedy of old age when a man is too weak to hit his own child. No wonder he had died.More bitter, more scabrous than Never Mind, this second of the Melrose novels is set 17 years later: it's now 1982 and Patrick is both independently-wealthy and a confirmed junkie. A trip to New York to collect his father's ashes is the context for a drug-fuelled orgy of self-loathing, and risky, quasi-suicidal behaviour. What lifts the book from the gutter where Patrick, just about metaphorically, revels i [...]

    4. Cheryl on said:

      That was one hell of a celebration, Patrick. This spree of alcohol and drug-fueled self-loathing drags the reader along in a juddering skid through his familiar gutters.The density of the metaphors is outdone only by the recklessness of the drug use. Both were magnificent.

    5. Anna on said:

      From the first Patrick Melrose novel, Never Mind, it was overwhelmingly evident that poor abused Patrick was not going to have a happy life. ‘Bad News’ confirms this with a vengeance. It takes the reader to 1982 and follows Patrick to New York, where he picks up his father’s ashes and goes on a drug binge that he is lucky to survive. Between doses of coke, smack, etc, Patrick attempts small talk with miscellaneous family friends and acquaintances. These interactions are the best part of th [...]

    6. Jessica Woodbury on said:

      Good God there's a lot of drugs in this book.I get that the brief adventures of a serious drug addict trying to cope with unspeakable emotion is basically a genre in and of itself, but it's never really been my cup of tea. Since I started this book right after NEVER MIND, I began with a lot of sympathy towards Patrick, who's clearly been traumatized for years by his parents and has never learned any kind of coping mechanisms that don't involve substance abuse. But by the end of this book it was [...]

    7. Leseparatist on said:

      As delightfully witty and terrible and mean and funny as the previous volume. The barrage of awfulness that is the inside of the protagonist's mind could become a little tiring, but it was always so on purpose. We follow a person who is deeply broken, sexist and racist and fatmisic (phobic really doesn't begin to describe him), and it's impossible not to feel some empathy while the book mocks him ruthlessly. There's a scene near the end where Patrick, quite high at the time, uses a variety of ps [...]

    8. christa on said:

      Well, nuts. I practically lit “Bad News,” the second book of Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose series off of the first super innovative, funny, dark, mind-blowing first novel of the series and meh. It turned out be a dud follow up to a book that made me shoot exclamation points from my pores. In the first book, Patrick Melrose is a 5-year-old daredevil with the first assholic buds forming in his personality. “Never Mind” is a day in the life of his parents, their friends and the kid an [...]

    9. Alex Sarll on said:

      I was only cautiously enthusiastic about the first Patrick Melrose novel - but with the second, I begin to see what St Aubyn is up to. Previously, we met Patrick as a shy, tormented five-year-old; now he's 22 and, not to put too fine a point on it, a total wanker - a selfish, self-pitying specimen, constantly taking one drug to balance out the other drug of which he just took too much while trying to take the edge offd so forth. Which means that an awful lot of this book features St Aubyn's crys [...]

    10. Lori on said:

      After being totally enthralled with NEVER MIND, Edward St. Aubyn's first book in THE PETER MELROSE NOVELS, I was underwhelmed with BAD NEWS, Book #2. That's not to say that the writing was any less lyrical or impressive, rather the story about Peter learning of his father's death and traveling to New York to pick up his ashes is one in which I was underwhelmed. Nearly the entirety of the book was trying to figure out Peter's state of lucidity as he binged on alcohol and drugs. Understandably, Pe [...]

    11. Antonomasia on said:

      Bad News is well-written, but it lacks the millefeuille layers of Never Mind. The abuse memoir is often a hackneyed and unintelligent sort of book, so perhaps the first Patrick Melrose book is even more startling for being a very clever example of it. I was disappointed not to find similar intricacy and structure here - though the narrative form arguably reflects Patrick's self-absorption. The literary junkie-novel already has a grubbily illustrious history; I felt that St Aubyn's interiority, v [...]

    12. Phrynne on said:

      This is book two in a series and it is not as appealing as book one although it is just as well written and occasionally quite funny. The main character, Patrick Melrose has grown up to be a serious drug addict and much of the book is about his addiction in great detail. I know a lot more about drug taking now than I have ever needed or wanted to know. However it is obviously just a stage in Patrick's life and I expect we will see him as a recovered addict in the next book. I plan on starting it [...]

    13. Katerina on said:

      ("Страх и ненависть в Лас-Вегасе", только без Джонни Деппа.)Патрик Мелроуз с пакетиком с прахом своего мерзкого отца наперевес пробует разные наркотики в Нью-Йорке. Очень скучный и однообразный сюжет, но читается, как ни странно, легко.

    14. Patrick on said:

      [3.5]It doesn't have the 'not quite of this world' nightmare fairytale feel of the first book. And, perhaps inevitably given that it is narrated (almost) entirely from the point of view of Patrick Melrose, who is no longer the five year old to whom bad things happen, but a fairly insufferable self-absorbed heroin addict, it does feel very insular by comparison.And I think I've read enough novels about drug addiction. There were moments, such as the fugue-dream-nightmares Patrick experiences that [...]

    15. Mark Joyce on said:

      Bad News has strong similarities with the weaker novels of Brett Easton Ellis, in that it's a studiedly unpleasant, occasionally very funny but ultimately monotonous and forgetable depiction of a drug addicted misanthrope. For the same reason there are also parallels with Irvine Welsh, except St Aubyn's smackhead is a self-pitying English aristocrat rather than a violent Scottish sociopath. Irvine Welsh and Brett Easton Ellis are both perfectly decent authors that I've enjoyed reading, so that's [...]

    16. Don on said:

      This is the second of the Patrick Melrose series, the fifth of which has recently been published. I thought the first was very good and showed a great deal of promise for the series, which follows the life of the title character.This book was a disappointment. Patrick, a 5-year old in the first novel, is now in his early '20's and travels to New York to arrange for the cremation of his father, who has just died. Unfortunately, the book is, essentially, one long, unpleasant tour through Patrick's [...]

    17. Ben Loory on said:

      the first book was building the cannon; this book is the guy getting shot out of the cannon with forty thousand syringes stuck into him.

    18. Beth Bonini on said:

      In a nutshell: 22 year old Patrick Melrose travels on the Concorde from London to New York City to collect his father's ashes. He stays at the Pierre, he dabbles in squalor, he blows 10,000 dollars in three days on an epic bender, and he teeters on the edge of total mental and physical collapse. Paternal loathing and self-loathing vie for dominance in this meltdown by heroin, cocaine, speed, qualudes and alcohol. While I admired the vivid writing, I couldn't bear the graphic descriptions of the [...]

    19. Mark on said:

      The Keith Richards of Upper Class LiteratureI avoided reading Edward St Aubyn, despite the many good reviews, because the fabulously wealthy hardly need or deserve any more assistance. And we will always be, at best, 'funny little people' to these superior-despite-being-rubbish-at what-little-work-they-do, cold, servant-abusing, professional heirs - take Emma Soames' morbidly obese, Tory git brother Nicholas Soames MP who persisted in referring to the aspiring socially Martin Amis as a 'scribble [...]

    20. Bekka on said:

      Enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one, it felt like more was going on, and seeing inside Patrick's head the whole way through was fascinating, especially as he hallucinated. Have to say though, I wouldn't recommend this if you have a needle phobia, I have a severe one and the amount of talk about injecting into veins freaked me out a lot more than I thought possible. Other than that though, thoroughly enjoyed it, onto the next one!

    21. Bookshire Cat on said:

      Well, this was much better than the first part. It's kinda weird to say that about a depressing drug rollercoaster but I found the writing much more elegant and the Patrick's point of view was really interesting. I wonder how it is possible to write about drugs in a way that is disgusting and apealing at the same time. Looking forward to the next part.

    22. Maria on said:

      Patrick goes to New York to pick up his fathers ashes. Patrick is an addict and does a lot of drugs. After two days, Patrick goes back to the airport. This book really disappointed me: maybe 10 pages story and then 238 about drugs and it's consequential hallucinations.

    23. Christopher Roth on said:

      I would have a higher opinion of this book if people didn't persist in comparing Edward St. Aubyn to Evelyn Waugh in every book review and back-cover blurb. Sure, St. Aubyn writes mainly about wealthy English people and he has a dark sense of humor and a lovely, effortless prose style, but his prose style isn't nearly Waughian in its quality, and unlike Waugh's these books are too self-involved to have any social satire in them. Maybe I'm being unfair: after all, the book is about a few days in [...]

    24. Linda on said:

      Like the first book in this series (which I read three years ago?) this was beautiful and funny but also vaguely nauseating. If Never Mind was about the dissipation of Patrick's parents, Bad News is an ode to a (celebratory? mournful? there was nothing better to do?) three day heroin binge on the eve of his father's death. A friend of mine once described Aubyn's writing as very "self-conscious," and part of the book's appeal is how thoughtfully its words are chosen (once he describes heroin as " [...]

    25. Momo on said:

      The second of Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels, "Bad News" is a harrowing read as Patrick, now in his early twenties, flies to New York to claim his abusive father's ashes and spends 24 hours careering from one drug-addicted episode to another. Aubyn's depiction of heroin-addled Patrick and what he endures for a fix makes for hard reading at times, but his use of language is so sharp and crisp, and the control he exhibits in conveying Patrick's changing states of mind is exciting. Parti [...]

    26. Michele Weiner on said:

      Part two of the Patrick Melrose novels. Patrick is 22 years old and a hopeless drug addict. This entire book takes place during a quick visit to New York City, where Patrick is collecting the body of his father, who died on a trip to the US. Patrick is both attracted to and repelled by his father, and embarrasses himself repeatedly as he attempts to maintain some sort of appropriate contact with the world his father inhabited. Another difficult read, as Patrick is close to death most of the time [...]

    27. Brett on said:

      You know what's more boring to someone than telling them about your dreams? Telling a recovered addict about the details of one of your binges. OK I get it - St Aubyn either was one or knows one - it was pretty decent detail though you can never really write down all the shit going on in someone's head who's shooting for the line just short of OD but It's as good as I've seenbut still, where was the clever Britcasm of the first novel least it was short. On to the next one. And again, retrieving [...]

    28. Spencer Keasey on said:

      The most difficult book I could possibly read right now with just 5 months away from the needle. That said, I am also trying to write about the same subject, and while my demons tend to want to tear everything I put down as some form of melodrama, reading Bad News became a form of comfort. No, I am not alone. Yes, an entire book can be about addiction. And then there are the father issues.Oy. This man can write and can make me connect in the strangest, the most unlikely, and in downright hideous [...]

    29. Samuel on said:

      One of the best and funniest books I've read recently, and a far superior sequel to its predecessor, 'Never Mind'. We find Patrick in New York, shooting up and snorting, eager to pick up his tyrannical father's ashes. Over the course of a couple of days, Patrick goes deliciously bonkers, filling himself with lavish dinners and copious drugs in a Withnail-esque binge. St Aubyn's prose style is wickedly addictive and occasionally stomach-churning, but always, always hilarious. I want to follow Pat [...]

    30. James Lark on said:

      Grim. Actually grimmer, if possible, than the first Melrose novel, and certainly more viscerally unpleasant. Yes, there's a deftness to the writing and a dark humour that makes it all horribly readable, but I was pretty weary by the end of it. I have three more of these books on the shelf and I'm reckoning there's no clever unexpected note of optimism waiting at the end of them, just more clever clever wry observations about the futility of everything. Can't wait.

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