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Ok, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea by Patrick Freyne

OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea

Patrick Freyne

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Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 2 Sep 2021
ISBN: 9780241988183
4 stars out of 5
Sarah Moss
15 Sep 2020

"you finish the book consoled if not quite satisfied"

Freyne’s essays are not exactly a story but the recounting of his life in a series of vignettes. He writes from midlife, and though several potential plotlines are implied (the untimely loss of a close friend, involuntary childlessness), none is allowed to structure the book. That’s the decision of a literary realist – even the most dramatic events in our lives rarely define us for ever more – but a challenge to both reader and writer. The first essay, a meditation on growing up as the arty son of the commanding officer of a “crack commando squad”, veers between hilarity and pathos.