By Elizabeth Kelly
APOLOGIZE, APOLOGIZE! takes us into the perversely charmed international of the Flanagans and their son, Collie (who has the questionable luck to be named after a breed of dog). Coming of age on Martha's winery, he struggles to discover his position inside his wildly prosperous, hyper-articulate, resolutely loopy Irish-Catholic kinfolk: a philandering father, incorrigible brother, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mom, and domineering media tycoon grandfather (accused of being a assassin via Collie's mother). it's a global the place chaos is exhilaratingly consistent, the place funds is of no item. And but it's a international the place the issues Collie wants-understanding, balance, a feeling of belonging-cannot be received for any rate. via his travails, we detect what it relatively skill to develop up and likewise to develop into one's relatives: discovering to discover how one can see them anew, to forgive them, and to be forgiven in flip.
In prose that's full of life, funny, and marvelous all through, Elizabeth Kelly offers us the dysfunctional-family novel to finish all dysfunctional-family novels, discovering the comedy and pathos in her characters' struggles, and exhibiting fantastically how a family's love might be as making an attempt because it is correct.
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Bernard: All right, but let me have a look. Hannah: You'll queer my pitch. Bernard: Dear girl, I know how to handle myselfHannah: And don't call me dear girl. If I find anything on Byron, or Chater, or Hodge, I'll pass it on. Nightingale, Sussex. (Pause. ) Bernard: Thank you. I'm sorry about that business with my name. Hannah: Don't mention it... Bernard: What was Hodge's college, by the way? Hannah: Trinity. Bernard: Trinity? Hannah: Yes. ) Yes. Byron's old college. Bernard: How old was Hodge?
Oh dear. 34 SCENE THREE The schoolroom. The next morning. Present are: Thomasina, Septimus, Jellaby. We have seen this composition before: Thomasina at her place at the table; Septimus reading a letter which has just arrived; Jellaby waiting, having just delivered the letter. 'The Couch of Eros' is in front of Septimus, open, together with sheets of paper on which he has been writing. His portfolio is on the table. Plautus (the tortoise) is the paperweight. There is also an apple on the table now, the same apple from all appearances.
Bernard: Oh, well. . (he begins to put his lecture sheets away in his briefcase, and is thus reminded. ) do you want to know about your book jacket? 'Lord Byron and Caroline Lamb at the Royal Academy'? Ink study by Henry Fuseli? Hannah: What about it? Bernard: It's not them. Hannah: (She explodes) Who says!? ) Bernard: This Fuseli expert in the Byron Society Journal. They sent me the latest... as a distinguished guest speaker. Hannah: But of course it's them! Everyone knows Bernard: Popular tradition only.
Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly