Brilliant and fitting double meaning title. He talks about his struggles with mental health in that book as well, and I imagine that he used his experiences in his characterisation of Mr Cave. One of those glorious May sunsets that crams all the beauty of the day into its dying moments. I consider him a great discovery and regret overtaking his output. This book steps into the obsessive, paranoid and unstable world of Mr Cave. This comes from the perspective of a very pompous Mr. You begin to question him frequently throughout the story.
His most recent children's novel is To Be A Cat 2012. Reviewers have called his writing 'totally engrossing', 'touching, quirky and macabre' and 'so surprising and strange that it vaults into a realm all of its own'. The suicide of his mother, the traumatic death of his wife and the tragic death of Reuben. But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter's movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction and, ultimately, murder. I find Matt's work a little hit and miss and this for me was a miss.
Cave becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting the one person he still holds dear: Bryony. For one, I understand the narrator, Mr Cave's, reasoning for the things he's done. There are references to The Tempest but also to ot This is the third novel by Matt Haig that I've consumed in fairly rapid succession. I liked the premise of this, but it fell short for me because of two things. Months later, after my son in his gleeful first days of walking fell against a table, a hard knob rising on his perfect skull, I began to understand the enormous relief that came each day he stayed alive. And now one of them has died in a grotesque accident as a result of bullying. Terence Cave is a man who has loss in his life, the suicide of his mother when he was three years old, the death of his wife during a burglary when the twins were babies and finally the death of Reuben, Terence has always felt he has been able to cope with his loss but the story progresses with flashbacks, you realise that Terence is not coping, he has never coped, he has simply buried his grief away and focused everything on Bryony, whilst ignoring Reuben.
I very much like Haig's writing style and found several quotes within the book that I highlighted and will go back to. We learn in the opening scene of the unnecessary and pointless death of his teenage son Reuben, which he was unable to prevent. The second person perspective and the constant 'you' made you feel as oppressed as Bryony the daughter or possession of your crazed father Mr Cave. The desperate sacrifices of love. This is the story of how he becomes obsessed with his daughter's safety after the recent death of his son. The double meaning of the title is also worth exploring. For a while there it looked like The Tempest might be the model for this one, insofar as that play is about a father who wants to restore things for his daughter.
I felt that there were too many similarities between some of the deaths and at certain points it was somewhat hard to tell what was actually happening and what was only occurring within Terence's mind. I find Matt's work a little hit and miss and this for me was a miss. This is the third novel by Matt Haig that I've consumed in fairly rapid succession. There are some images of strange beauty: a horse, galloping through the streets of York in the witching hour; a boy, his hood up, only his cheekbones lit by the streetlamps. It was an honour when one of my favourite writers, Jeanette Winterson, called it 'among the great animal books. He restores old furniture, polishes old vases until their cracks are invisible.
He talks like a 1950's literature professor. This is the story of how he becomes obsessed with his daughter's safety after the recent death of his son. For one, I understand the narrator, Mr Cave's, reasoning for the things he's done. We learn in the opening scene of the unnecessary and pointless death of his teenage son Reuben, which he was unable to prevent. Terence has a lot on his mind. I found myself being mostly interested in Rueben's death and what Bryony knew about it, but somehow all of that information was broken up into smaller bits and dispersed at you piece by piece There were certainly creepy elements to this book but at times I found it a bit dramatic and over-plotted.
And browsing other reviews on Goodreads, I find it both interesting and unsurprising the enormous range of ratings and interpretations. Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. I consider him a great discovery and regret overtaking his output. The sky outside the window was particularly beautiful, I remember thinking. The book is written as some sort of note left for his teenage daughter Bryony.
The story is told through the voice of Mr. Though he is a douche, I still found him interesting. For one, I understand the narrator, Mr Cave's, reasoning for the things he's done. But he never over eggs the pudding and that is always one of his greatest assets as a writer, he reigns in the word count, making the words he has work for him and it gives the overall story greater resonance. We see what can happen when suffocating surveillance is dressed as loving concern. I also found it super depressing.
His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family's golden girl, and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world's malign forces, whatever that may take. The premise of the story was fascinating and at times made me laugh out loud at the absurdity of it. Antiques dealer Terence Cave has suffered three great losses in his life. The Portico There is a certain fascination in this bizarre tale of unhappiness and tragedy and the writing is very effective. Byrony gives up her Cello, and Pony riding interests, and starts to take an interest in teenage things, and Terence sees this natural progression as a threat to what he holds most dear. I place myself in his shoes and realize that perhaps I might have done something similar.
It is in the everyday slowly cranking up of a father's narrow boundaries and protective strategies that Haig gives us an intense and frightening 'smothering love' story. Terrence heartbreakingly witnesses Reuben fall from the lamppost and die right there in front of him on the pavement. It was an emotional ride and makes you feel uncomfortable, similar to the way that the author portrays Mr. It was an emotional ride and makes you feel uncomfortable, similar to the way that the author portrays Mr. His mother committed suicide when he was three.