Nature and Necessity

Nature and Necessity Meet Petula Montague social climber par excellence A lucky second marriage to a billionaire has made her grande dame of The Heights a mansion atop a leafy hill in an English backwater With the deter

  • Title: Nature and Necessity
  • Author: Tariq Goddard
  • ISBN: 9781910924440
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Petula Montague, social climber par excellence A lucky second marriage to a billionaire has made her grande dame of The Heights, a mansion atop a leafy hill in an English backwater With the determination of a prima ballerina, Petula sets out to widen her social circle so that it includes lords of industry, famous actors from London, and the country s most famous poeMeet Petula Montague, social climber par excellence A lucky second marriage to a billionaire has made her grande dame of The Heights, a mansion atop a leafy hill in an English backwater With the determination of a prima ballerina, Petula sets out to widen her social circle so that it includes lords of industry, famous actors from London, and the country s most famous poet In her wake are the frayed lives of three unloved children The oldest daughter, Evita, flees the scene only to succumb to addiction and madness the middle son, Jasper, moves from the Heights to a cottage on the property, living like a dog awaiting scraps from its master and the youngest daughter, Regan, the favorite, merges with her mother and pays the costs of an unlived life At once deeply satirical and moodily realistic, Nature and Necessity is a profound meditation on the irresistible lure of wealth and security Told with a pre modern sensibility, the narrative treats its characters like the players in a Victorian domestic epic Goddard deftly draws scenes that are psychologically acute, even heartbreaking, yet never fail to raise a smile or a knowing shake of the head As the plot reaches its crescendo, Goddard lets us laugh at the folly of Petula while never letting us forget that her story is our own.

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    1. Really, really did not enjoy at all. Very long book, especially long because Petula, the main heroine, was extremely unpleasant. I didn't like her at all and found very little good in her. As I read the book I just couldn't get past it. It's difficult to read a book when the main character is so odious and domineering. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters, with the possible exception of Mingus.

    2. It was a giveaway, so I really and truly tried to muscle my way through it. I jumped ahead, hoping the characters would redeem themselves orow up or something. (I guess that would be "develop" in literary terms.) I put it aside, thinking I was maybe just not in the right mood, returning two weeks later to find that it wasn't me, it was the book. The characters irritated me to no end.I was actually wishing the mother and daughter would somehow take each other out. The descriptions of the rooms, [...]

    3. This hefty tome of a family saga is certainly no cosy, easy read. Set in the north, the characters are gritty and ruthless – none of them very likeable, not even by each other. Throughout the book the past is dropped in in little snippets building up the whole picture to make sense of the happenings in the present time. I would have liked to have been told more about Noah, the husband who funds the whole show, he does not make much of an appearance and seems to be thought unnecessary by the fa [...]

    4. I was really looking forward to this book. The book is based on Petula and her family. I wish I could say I enjoyed this book which was kind of long, but I felt that it left a little to be desired. Petula is very arrogant and just not a likable character. It was very hard for me to sympathize with this character. There is one character that I felt for and that was Mingus. The format of the book is written with tidbits from the past which brings us to the present and will make things a bit cleare [...]

    5. This powerfully written novel of 593 pages is painful to plough through. The self-indulgent, narcissistic matriarch Petula and her damged daughter Reagen "savor the ecstasy of perfectly executed surfaces heedless of all they obscured." One of the blurbs in the book described the family as likeable and concluded, "I'm missing Petula and her children already." Not I. If you enjoy reading on and on about the exquisitely described, twisting life of someone heedless of others with "soul sclerosis", [...]

    6. I received this book for free from is is a dense book. it took a long time to read because I tended to pick it up and read for a few hours and then put it down to think about the characters and plot. the story revolves around a very dysfunctional family over years of manipulation by the family matriarch, Petula. she is a narcissist, always insisting on her own way regardless of anyone's feelings, or needs. and surprisingly she always seems to recover from social disasters. I recommend this book [...]

    7. This is not the easiest book to read and is rather long. It tells the story of a social climber, Petula Montague, married to her second husband. The family also includes three neglected children who at times either love or hate their mother. Petula spends her time acquiring people and things.Thanks to , I won this book from their contest. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a change in their reading material.

    8. I have been thinking about how to write a review for Nature and Necessities by Tariq Goddard. I didn't care very much about it.I felt like I was reading a soap opera script. The characters speak to one another and then talk to themselves for at least two or more pages of dialogue. The story dragged and obviously the writer used a Thesaurus because the story was very wordy. Not impressed at all.

    9. The characters are terrific and the storyline is wonderful. It is a little long at over 500 pages but well worth the read.

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