Mostly I just like Parks loopy writing style Just get lost in the sentences I have read and enjoyed Tim Parks non fiction The Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon particularly his excellent book about football fans in Verona but this is the first of his novels I have readAfter 100ages I was so fed up with the writing style that I almost broke my untreatable rule of finishing every book I start The style was a mixture of stream of consciousness and the rambling of an untidy mind and uite hard to followStill I ersisted and the rest of the book had some interesting thoughts on the justice system in the UK as the lead character a "judge became and enmeshed in a spider s web essentially of his "became and enmeshed in a spider s web essentially of his weavingI think I may stick to Tim Parks non fiction in future This novel began well A newly elevated judge has just urchased a country house with his estranged wife to try and make up for his straying with numerous women only one of which she concretely knows about Yet one of his former flings keeps contacting him claiming to be in danger Stopped reading after asking myself if I was really interested in the Espenlaub problems of judge Savage after an adulterious lifeGuess what the answer wasIt s aity because I normally love Tim Parks books The novel opens with the sentence There is no life without a double life I don t necessarily agree but this certainly applies to a number of characters in Park s book Dan Savage is a black British man ironically adopted into the English upper middle class by a Colonel Savage He is a man who wants above all to fit in to be seen as a just and fair man and lawyer but he has a fatal flaw he is an inveterate womaniser This is a story about justice about marriage and about Although overlong I enjoyed it much Three and a half stars The author drew me in with an immediate feeling that something bad was about to happen But it took way too long to reach the Splendid Solution point By the time I was getting close to the mystery therotagonist had become so annoying that anything could have happened to him and it wouldn t have bothered meWhy does someone want to read about a character that generally deserves anything negat. Now in aperback comes the gripping suspenseful novel about Daniel Savage a man who's lived a double life for far too long Recent. ,
Ive that happens to him And why would you want to write about it The How to Be Alone pace is too slow thelot is not Racial Theories In Context particularly interesting and the other characters are caricatures The Road to Hell In this chronicle of a man s fall from grace our eponymousrotagonist is not so much a hapless victim of circumstance but his own worse enemy As a non white outsider in the justice system he feels The Queen I pressured by expectations hisromotion to the "bench being seen as a case of Cigarette Kisses positive discrimination Thisressure and his guilt over ast indiscretions help to send him "being seen as a case of ositive discrimination This ressure and his guilt over ast indiscretions help to send him a self destructive Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare path to ruin Parks convincingly depicts the conflict of setting a moral compass inrivate life and Organizations As Knowledge Systems public domain when like Caesar s wife a Judge must be seen to be above suspicionI would have given this 4 stars but the lack of uotation markslus a convoluted narrative style switching between interior monologue and free indirect speech makes for a challenging and often confusing read Successful adulterous colored judge sinks ever deeper in Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins personalroblems ending up loosing his family but finds that society will not let him fall This book was a gift from a friend not aperback hard copy StoryPrivileged adopted child becomes a rominent Judge He is black his adopted brother is white Their relationship has never been good Judge Savage has been blessed with a good career moving up the ranks fast with help from friends He has the trophy wife and family and is building a new home However not all is good on the home front This
Pillar Of The Community Isof the community is sueaky clean In fact he is a cheating husband Not once not twice but constantly having affairs his world is about to come tumbling down Instead of getting on the right Never Sweeter path he digs deeper and starts visitingrostitutes He looses his family he reunites with a brother he finds his best friend and wife have been back stubbing him but what can he expect when he lusted over his friends wife and there is a murder and a body missing The book ends with the reader none the wiser on the Judges fate except he is going to continuously spiral down My 4th Parks and I think I start to know Ly romoted to the osition of Crown Court judge Savage decides it's finally time to rededicate himself to his family but a woman.