Patrick's the one that tries to keep hearth and home together as Jane deals with her own demons in Zaire. I almost want to re-read and see what I missed. The setting is a strange one being mainly set in an ape sanctuary but as the story is really about relationships; between people, between animals, between nature and humans and the interractions between them and the similarities in behaviour it makes sense. And he works hard at the job. Meanwhile, Jane's in Zaire shooting a nature show and possibly cheating on Patrick with the producer; their son, Charlie, was fired from the sanctuary after an altercation with a customer; and daughter Jo is home from boarding school but may as well have stayed for all they see her. So Patrick is left alone to look after the ailing Dvonshire monkey sanctuary that he and Jane took on in a bid to save their marriage.
His most recent novel, , was published in 2011. He is the author of several novels including Always the Sun, Burial and Captured as well as the bestselling memoir Heartland. This is my fourth Neil Cross and I think I can officially say that he's one of my favourite authors: he doesn't supply a neat, tidy ending. Patrick goes along with this. Meanwhile, Jane's in Zaire shooting a nature show and possibly cheating on Patrick with the producer; their son, Charlie, was fired from the sanctuary after an altercation with a customer; and daughter Jo is home from boarding school but may as well have stayed for all they see her. For most of the book it feels as if he is just recapping, bringing us to the point where the story really starts. When he has to be dismissed after an altercation with a patron chucking things at some of the apes, then he gets a job at a big, seaside hotel.
The book is pretty relentlessly grim: the squalid awfulness of Monkey world, the general smelly nastiness of the monkeys, the barely touched on horrors of the Rwandan genocide, the bleak little lives of the hotel guests. So Patrick is left alone to look after the ailing Devonshire monkey sanctuary that he and Jane took on in a bid to save their marriage. And a big, panther-like cat preys around the park. This is not so odd in Monkeyland, the sanctuary that Patrick and Jane founded together in a last-ditch attempt to revive their flagging marriage. My idea was to do a kind of English John Irving novel; big and rambling and full of incident. If you just enjoy reading a well-written story, go for it.
He lives with his wife and two children. That being said, it wasn't a terrible read. When it arrives the sudden, explosive climax is cleverly crafted with more than one twist and a revelation which solves an earlier mystery. Patrick's the one that ends up running Monkeyland - half-heartedly you'd have to say. Patrick's son Charlie has left Monkeyland in disgrace, his wife is on a field trip in war-torn Zaire and his daughter Jo is avidly tracking progress of the comet Hale Bopp with her tutor. One morning he's sure he's seen a big black panther, stalking the back lanes of leafy England.
It's Jane's idea to do the television series about Monkeyland. The setting is a strange one being mainly set in an ape sanctuary but as the story is really about relationships; between people, between animals, between nature and humans and the inte I enjoyed this book. I wasn't expecting much - I found this one in Poundland - and pretty much got it. You want to put it all in, making the novel read like a series of links between essays. Rue, their oldest, wisest and most gentle female primae is found murdered.
Following the British publication of Captured in January 2010, he is working on his next novel and continues to write for the screen. He has continued to write novels, including Always the Sun, which was long-listed for the , Burial and Captured; and has written a memoir Heartland, which was short-listed for the for literary autobiography of excellence. Evading capture, the cat lurks in the shadows and at the back of Patrick's mind. ? What there is though is ambiguity and a sense of abiding mystery about the human condition that I found frustrating and perversely satisfying in a way that I guess I always should when confronted with my own profound ignorance. Set in the nineties, there's a creeping millenial dread backgrounding the impending personal apocalypse of his all too relatable characters. It evades capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patrick's mind. He lived in Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds and London before settling down.
What we're left with, as with any good art, is a wonderfully lucid failure to explain. The red herring with another character worked for me, as did the solution to an earlier mystery. From the acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun, Natural History is a work of exquisite tension Strange things are happening in Monkeyland, the ailing Devonshire sanctuary that Patrick and his zoologist wife, Jane, took on in a bid to save their marriage. The red herring with another character worked for me, as did the solution to an earlier mystery. They say that a parents worse nightmare is to suffer the death of a child. It evades capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patricks mind.
Everyone in it has a lot to worry about' Daily Telegraph. The ending gives the book some structure and I've thought abo 3. Compressed lyricism generates sudden shifts between transitory events and durable historical patterns, Crosss novel is serious and compelling in equal measure Guardian Taut domestic intrigue, sprung with mistrust and the menacing stealth of hunting. The ending gives the book some structure and I've thought about it quite a bit since finishing. This novel could be interpreted in many ways. Their oldest female primate, the wise and gentle Rue, is found murdered in a corner of the compound. I felt homesick for a place I have never visited after finishing this thoughtful, intelligent novel.
It is well written with the tension building nicely. Having finally reached the end of the first clean draft, I cut the whole thing up into individual scenes and spent a good two weeks just moving them around like index cards, finding the right order. But there was something different about this dead ape, and Patrick soon becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery surrounding its death. This novel could be interpreted in many ways. The exquisite tension that Cross's sharp, devastating prose builds leads to a climax so shocking it will leave you flabbergasted. Through excavations that are both real and metaphorical, the cast of characters contemplate love, language and identity, delving into long hidden secrets to uncover many-layered truths.
A subtle interplay of anxieties and tolerances that keep parental treacheries in glaring focus' Financial Times 'I'm a big fan of this author and particularly of this menacing novel, which on the surface could be a family drama but turns into something very nasty indeed. Patrick is left alone with his black cat and his fears. For most of the book it feels as if he is just recapping, bringing us to the point where the story really starts. His initial career was solely as a novelist, beginning with Mr In-Between, which was published in 1998 and adapted into in 2001. The focus of the book is Patrick, devoted to a wife who finds celebrity which provides her with escape from the confines of the zoo and the family and becomes a long term and distant absentee as things fall apart at home. He works actively at Monkeyland and he has a real bond with the animals. Turning the page became a means to end, an end to this story and reading experience, so that I may pursue a more enriching experience.