Mr. Phillips

Mr. Phillips

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Mr Phillips wakes on the morning of July 31 in his modest, nearly mortgage-free home, in the bed he has contentedly shared with his wife of thirty years (though to be honest, at night he lies beside her and dreams of other women), ready to face another ordinary day. Except that for Mr Phillips, it is not an ordinary day, for on Friday, July 28, he was summarily sacked. Nonetheless, he rises at his usual hour and prepares himself as he has done his entire working life for the office he no longer has.This is the story of one day in the life of a decent man who only forty-eight hours before knew exactly who and what he was -- husband and father, accountant, home-owner, son -- and who on this day wonders who and what he can become.With his eye for the telling detail, his ear for the commonplaces of speech that make us who we are, his sympathy for the very ordinariness that sets us each apart, John Lanchester has created a jewel of a novel: From common clay, he has given us gold.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2000
ISBN: 9780399146046
0399146040
Branch Call Number: LANC
Characteristics: 291 p
Alternative Title: Mister Phillips

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multcolib_heathere Dec 02, 2014

A modern classic in my estimation. Bawdy, but great.

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PatrickT
Feb 15, 2010

Basically a glimpse into the character of a man who has been made redundant but hasn't told his wife. The book covers the first working day when he leaves home at his usual time (in his usual business attire) but spends the day roaming around London until it is time to go home. The book explores his thoughts and feelings through a series of events that take place during the day. A decent mix of comedy and poignancy but not the unforgettable character that the author was probably hoping to create

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