"All of these books are about how to become free: how to become free of your conditioning; how to become free of resentment and hatred and the weight of the past. So Patrick is on the case. He may often be very unhappy or self-destructive or confused or say things that are sarcastic, but his whole direction is towards freedom, which he eventually achieves."
—- Author Edward St. Aubyn talks with Terry Gross about his Patrick Melrose novels, which are semi-autobiographical and follow the life of an upper-class Englishman from an abusive childhood to heroin addiction to recovery
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