Friday, July 15, 2005

It's All Right Now

It's All Right Now
Charles Chadwick
Harper Collins,2005
Tom Ripple is an ordinary man who lives in suburban London. The
story begins at his mid-life in the 1970s and moves in a languid
fashion to the present. Ripple has a family that drifts away but he
stays in touch. His observations are circular and complex and we
come to care for the life of this most extraordinary
everyman. I realize that It's All Right Now sort of bookends with Ian McEwan's Saturday but I can't resist Tom Ripple. He is one of literature's most abysmal punners.