The Alarming Palsy of James Orr

The Alarming Palsy of James Orr James Orr husband father reliable employee and all round model citizen wakes one morning to find himself quite transformed There s no way he can go into the office and the doctors aren t able to he

  • Title: The Alarming Palsy of James Orr
  • Author: Tom Lee
  • ISBN: 9781783783939
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • James Orr husband, father, reliable employee and all round model citizen wakes one morning to find himself quite transformed There s no way he can go into the office, and the doctors aren t able to help Waiting for the affliction to pass, he wanders the idyllic estate where he lives, with its pretty woodland, uniform streets and perfectly manicured lawns But there aJames Orr husband, father, reliable employee and all round model citizen wakes one morning to find himself quite transformed There s no way he can go into the office, and the doctors aren t able to help Waiting for the affliction to pass, he wanders the idyllic estate where he lives, with its pretty woodland, uniform streets and perfectly manicured lawns But there are cracks in the veneer And as his orderly existence begins to unravel, it appears that James himself may not be the man he thought he was A story that consistently confounds expectations, The Alarming Palsy of James Orr introduces a writer of extraordinary and disturbing talents.

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    1. I’ve always suffered from an irrational fear that one day I’ll wake up and the people I love most won’t recognize me. Something like this happens to the protagonist of Tom Lee’s debut novel “The Alarming Palsy of James Orr”. He wakes up one day to find he’s suffering from Bell’s palsy which causes a paralysis to the muscles on one side of his face. This is a bizarre condition which isn’t entirely understood and there isn’t a clear medical treatment to guarantee a recovery. So [...]

    2. THIS slim, disorientating fable has faint echoes of Kafka's Metamorphosis. James Orr wakes up one morning to discover half his face has collapsed, the consequence of an attack of Bell's palsy.He is signed off work and forced to remain at home while his wife goes to work and his children to school. Unable to easily eat, sleep or do anything much at all, he finds himself spending more time roaming the woods near his house, one of 48 identical houses on a private estate, where his disfigured face b [...]

    3. I found this a very unsettling book, which starts off with the main protagonist adjusting to his sudden palsy. As it progresses the blur between normality and the perceptions of the main character become more Kafka-esque. Read this for my book club, so I will be interested to see what the others say - only three stars because I didn't 'really like it', although I can see it is a well written and engaging tale. The fact that it unsettled me so is a tribute to the inherent literary quality, but I [...]

    4. Husband, father, management consultant and chair of the New Glades Estate Residents’ Committee, James Orr wakes up one morning with a sense of “something not quite right, some indefinable shift in the normal order of things”. Viewing his face in the bathroom mirror, he’s shocked to find the left side of his face has collapsedFull review Strange afflictions: Kintu & The Alarming Palsy of James Orr via @Annecdotist - annethology annegoodwin.weebly/1/post/

    5. An interesting and strange story, disintegration of person after facial paralysis, middle class family in especially attractive modern estate on edge of town within ancient woodland, difficult to sum up read it !

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