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E seems to have reached a position of immunity But that state of grace immediately is undermined because Savage is haunted by his aldulterous ife his already battered marriage is shattered by his many former sweet hearts and his relative self confidence makes him constantly say and do things he should better not "some dramatic events make things go from bad "dramatic events make things go from bad worse for him but unlike in the previous Parks novels Europe and Destiny it does not end on a positive note On the contrary the outcome of the story is a bit awkward and ultimately remains open And another difference Parks records the events not from Savage s own head but as a third narrator And THAT MAKES THE READING CERTAINLY NOT makes the reading certainly not the sentences are jumping in all directions each related to a different aspect of Savage s ife Parks also devotes considerable attention to the different juridical cases Savage presides over in court sometimes with so many details that the thread is Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity lost The Parks system here has reached itsimitsYet with Judge Savage Parks once again has written a clever and elaborate novel which ingeniously combines very diverse themes such as guilt and personal responsibility the shakiness of our existence the difference between appearance and reality and the increasing inability to really judge things It still is nice to stroll through Parks world even though this is not his best work This book was a gift from a friend not paperback hard copy StoryPrivileged adopted child becomes a prominent 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 is not 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 path he digs deeper and starts visiting prostitutes He Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism 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 heusted over his friends wife and there is a murder and a body missing The book ends with the reader none the wiser on. Ly promoted to the position of Crown Court judge Savage decides it's finally time to rededicate himself to his family but a woman. The Judges fate except he is going to continuously spiral down Successful adulterous colored judge sinks ever deeper in personal problems ending up Boggs: A Comedy of Values loosing his family but finds that society will notet him fall The Road to Hell In this chronicle of a man s fall from grace our eponymous protagonist 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 pressured by expectations his promotion to the bench being seen as a case of positive discrimination This pressure and his guilt over past indiscretions help to send him on a self destructive path to ruin Parks convincingly depicts *the conflict of setting a moral compass in private ife and public domain * conflict of setting a moral compass in private ife and public domain Berlioz and the Romantic Century like Caesar s wife a Judge must be seen to be above suspicionI would have given this 4 stars but theack of uotation marks plus a convoluted narrative style switching between interior monologue and free indirect speech makes for a challenging and often confusing read The author drew me in with an immediate feeling that something bad was about to happen But it took way too ong to reach the point By the time I Was Getting Close To was getting close to mystery the protagonist 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 negative that happens to him And why would you want to write about it The pace is too slow the plot is not particularly interesting and the other characters are caricatures The novel opens with the sentence There is no ife without a double ife 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 "is a man who wants above all to fit in to be seen as a just fair man and awyer but he has a fatal flaw he is an inveterate womaniser This is a story about justice about marriage and about friendship Although overlong I enjoyed it very much Three and a half stars Stopped reading after asking myself if I was really interested in the problems of judge Savage after an adulterious Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture lifeGuess what the answer wasIt s a pity because I normallyove Tim Parks book. From his past who holds a secret the could ruin his marriage and career sends his existence into a mess of violence and confusio. ,
Judge Savage

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This novel began well A newly elevated judge has just purchased 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 Then he proceeds to do innumerable *STUPID THINGS THAT PREDICTABLY RESULT IN THE END OF * things that predictably result in the end of marriage and possibly his suicide Also he presides over some complicated cases I ove this author s style and the novel begins promisingly But it bogs down in details and malaise halfway through and never recovers The judge s interior monologues become tiresome and repetitive It s a novel that won t commit to the necessity of imposing narrative structure on won t commit to the necessity of imposing narrative structure on experience that successful novels reuire I have read and enjoyed Tim Parks non fiction particularly his excellent book about football fans in Verona but this is the first of his novels I have readAfter 100 pages 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 persisted and the rest of the book had some interesting thoughts on the justice system in the UK as the ead character a judge became and enmeshed in a spider s web essentially of his own weavingI think I may stick to Tim Parks non fiction in future Mostly I just Bulletproof Feathers like Parksoopy writing style Just get Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store lost in the sentences My 4th Parks and I think I start to know his system take a troubled main characteret him for it is always a man end up in a complex situation especially in his Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 loveife and "show how he gets and into trouble describe all this as if you re in the head of "how he gets and into trouble describe all this as if you re in the head of character with constantly intersecting and thus very chaotic observations and reflections It goes without saying that this system really digs deep into the human psyche and especially exposes how shaky and vulnerable our existence isIn this novel Daniel Savage has just been promoted a judge at one of the highest Chameleon Hours legal authorities in the UK and feels at the top of his existence he exudes natural authority can distinguish flawlessly right from wrong inegal matters and because he is the first coloured man in the judiciary Now in paperback comes the gripping suspenseful novel about Daniel Savage a man who's Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) lived a doubleife for far too Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide long Recent.