It's All Right Now

It's All Right Now

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Meet Tom Ripple, a man with an uncommon outlook on his common life. At home in a North London suburb, Ripple keeps close tabs on his neighbors while his own family splinters apart. As the years pass by he forges on, bravely and awkwardly, in his relationships with his wife and children, his parents, girlfriends, colleagues, and friends, and in his ongoing search for certainties, both moral and practical.

But what he gains in wisdom over time, he loses in love, as his marriage disintegrates and his children grow further away from him. The more he lives and the more he learns, the less he understands.

Through the vividness of his voice and his growing sense of the sorrow and absurdity of the world, Tom Ripple becomes an unusually appealing anti-hero, aware of his ordinariness and the limits of his intelligence, with a ribald sense of humor, and a clumsiness in his attempts at emotional connection with others. He is a bewildered everyman navigating his way through modern times.

In this remarkable debut novel, Charles Chadwick has created one of the most memorable, brilliantly realized characters in contemporary fiction. By turns poignant, funny, heartbreaking, and profound, It's All Right Now is a towering achievement and a singular work of the imagination.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Collins : 2005
ISBN: 9780060742867
Branch Call Number: FIC Chad
Characteristics: 679p


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Jun 29, 2015

This was a daunting book. It is almost 700 pages and took me 10 weeks of start and stop reading. It is a lifelong journal of a very ordinary man living a pretty uneventful life. At first I wasn't sure if I would carry on. Tom Ripple is married with two children but seems very removed from them. His wife is a social worker who knows the right way to do everything and he seems very much the sidekick. As time goes on he divorces (his wife says they have run their course and it's time to move on), and maintains a very slim relationship with his children. I read on because I couldn't help myself. Tom and his single life and his relationships with his children, his ex-wife and his neighbours grew on me, and I confess that as I neared the end I purposely stopped because I knew the ending and I didn't want it to come.

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