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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Contact
  • Jonathan Buckley
  • English
  • 13 January 2019
  • 0956003869

Contact Dominic Pattison S Life Is One Of Level Contentment His Marriage Is Happy And Durable, Whilst His Business Is Successful But Then Sam Williams A Builder And Ex Squaddie Enters Dominic S Life, Claiming To Be His Son

10 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Phillip Edwards says:

    Dominic Pattison is a successful, business owning, fifty something whose comfortable life is disrupted when he is approached by Sam, a builder and former soldier, who claims to be his son allegedly the product of a long forgotten affair Dominic had with a woman called Sarah thirty years ago Foul mouthed, unrefined and very un middle class, Sam becomes an ominous presence in Dominic s life But is Sam s air of menace merely a product of our narrator s middle class dislike of the uncouth Is hi Dominic Pattison is a successful, business owning, fifty something whose comfortable life is disrupted when he is approached by Sam, a builder and former soldier, who claims to be his son allegedly the product of a long forgotten affair Dominic had with a woman called Sarah thirty years ago Foul mouthed, unrefined and very un middle class, Sam becomes an ominous presence in Dominic s life But is Sam s air of menace merely a product of our narrator s middle class dislike of the uncouth Is his behaviour really threatening, or is he acting in a perfectly reasonable manner Is he what he says he is, or is it a scam And what does what we think, and why, tell us about ourselves This is a fraught and compelling novel It challenges attitudes yet is as much of a page turner as a Robert Goddard thriller and as unsettling as Ian McEwan used to be Indeed, the echoes of Enduring Love are so strong that when at one point, while Sam is driving him to Sarah s grave, Dominic is distracted by the sight of an ascending hot air balloon, I couldn t help feeling I was being toyed with by the author in much the same way that Sam seems to toy with Dominic A weak man desperately trying to keep the barbarian at the gate, is Dominic right to be cautious, or is he just prejudiced And what is the contact of the title Physical violence The military engagements experienced by Sam in Northern Ireland and Iraq Meetings between an estranged father and son Or an unwelcome collision between the contented middle class and the uncouth working class they disdain and fear There is plenty for readers to think about and discussion groups to get their teeth into here This is contemporary fiction at its best

  2. David says:

    Whilst not quite a thriller, this is still a decent literary drama whose central premise a young man called Sam turns up at Dominic s successful design shop with a doctored birth certificate claiming to be the product of an affair Dominic had with Sam s mother nearly thirty years ago keeps the reader guessing and is given added suspense by the question of whether Dominic s wife will find out If the story is the stuff of soap opera, then Buckley elevates it with well developed characters, be Whilst not quite a thriller, this is still a decent literary drama whose central premise a young man called Sam turns up at Dominic s successful design shop with a doctored birth certificate claiming to be the product of an affair Dominic had with Sam s mother nearly thirty years ago keeps the reader guessing and is given added suspense by the question of whether Dominic s wife will find out If the story is the stuff of soap opera, then Buckley elevates it with well developed characters, believable dialogue and a lack of melodrama in even the most charged scenes This is a novel I ve had on my shelves for a few years now, having previously enjoyed two of the author s earlier books Invisible and So He Takes The Dog Alas, I wish I had read it then instead of letting it languish, as in the intervening years I have also read Buckley s two most recent novels, Nostalgia and The river is the river which have seen him take his writing to a whole new level, such that each of those books were to my mind among the best British fiction published in their respective years By comparison Contact feels almost pedestrian

  3. Alan says:

    just read a review in the Guardian, sounds good..maybe not quite as good as the review led me to believe imo but nevertheless a strong, tight thriller , despite a couple of loose ends and an ambiguous ending I enjoyed it, but the story was very familiar a violent ex squaddie working class lad presents himself to a smug ish middle class businessman as his son, the product of an affair When the father questions this the lad he s about 30 turns angry and stalks and intimidates him just read a review in the Guardian, sounds good..maybe not quite as good as the review led me to believe imo but nevertheless a strong, tight thriller , despite a couple of loose ends and an ambiguous ending I enjoyed it, but the story was very familiar a violent ex squaddie working class lad presents himself to a smug ish middle class businessman as his son, the product of an affair When the father questions this the lad he s about 30 turns angry and stalks and intimidates him eg sends him photos of violent things he s seen in Iraq, stuff they don t show you on the news pretty horrific , gets into the house as a roofer odd job man by cold calling on the man s wife and generally ruins his life Themes of indentity, memory, class are well handled Someone said a bit like Ian McEwan s Enduring Love and it is, but McEwan s tale is even tighter andtense There are a couple of typos steps become stamps at one point , but that didn t spoil my enjoyment

  4. Patrick Neylan says:

    It s easier to criticise Contact than to praise it, but that doesn t mean it s a bad book It s a decent read, with a fascinating premise and a brilliantly created character in Sam, the former soldier who contacts businessman Dominic claiming to be his son.In Sam, author Jonathan Buckley has created a character of mystery and menace, yet with a great deal of sympathy too His cat and mouse game with Dominic drives the narrative along, but even his energy is not enough to haul the story forward It s easier to criticise Contact than to praise it, but that doesn t mean it s a bad book It s a decent read, with a fascinating premise and a brilliantly created character in Sam, the former soldier who contacts businessman Dominic claiming to be his son.In Sam, author Jonathan Buckley has created a character of mystery and menace, yet with a great deal of sympathy too His cat and mouse game with Dominic drives the narrative along, but even his energy is not enough to haul the story forwards at a quick enough pace, dragged down as it is by the ponderous dullness of Dominic and the bland, workmanlike prose of Buckley.The author tries to make the writing style reflect Dominic s comfortable, mundane existence but in doing so he robs it of any flair And the lack of resolution at the end means that the book peters out while the reader waits for a twist that never comes.I d still recommend it as a psychological thriller, but I just wouldn t recommend it too highly

  5. Brian says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The premise of Contact is a very simple one A successful businessman in his fifties is approached by a young man who claims to be his son from an affair that he had thirty years earlier, an affair that he never told his wife about There s no complicated plot it s all about the interaction between the two men, the one comfortable and hitherto smug, the other full of barely suppressed violence.What gives the book its edge is the complete plausibility of the writing The characters are entirely The premise of Contact is a very simple one A successful businessman in his fifties is approached by a young man who claims to be his son from an affair that he had thirty years earlier, an affair that he never told his wife about There s no complicated plot it s all about the interaction between the two men, the one comfortable and hitherto smug, the other full of barely suppressed violence.What gives the book its edge is the complete plausibility of the writing The characters are entirely convincing and the reader, while seeing the story from the point of view of the businessman, nevertheless comes to empathise with the damaged, dangerous but proud young man who wants to be acknowledged as a member of the family.The only criticism I have of the book is that nothing is resolved at the end It s a realistic conclusion but not an emotionally satisfying one Despite this I found this an utterly engrossing read the sort of book that makes you miss your stop on the tube