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Uk News Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer is a tale of grief and redemption that will crack you up United Kingdom news
04 August 2022 - 14:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Isaac Addy is a man bereft, not just of his wife Mary, who has died, but of his selfhood. A scatty children’s book illustrator who had “always thought his biggest fear was people not liking him”, he is now aimless, bedraggled and literally about to jump off a bridge into the abyss when he hears a scream that leads him to a creature that looks startlingly like an egg and, “for the first time in weeks, feels an emotion that isn’t despair”.In a series of scenes that intentionally bring to mind seminal moments from ET, Isaac takes the egg – is it an alien? Some sort of beast? – home, where it becomes a fluffy, yolk-faced lodger, and Isaac’s salvation, as he considers, eventually, how to help it return home.As Isaac struggles to emerge from beneath the weight of his crushing depression, the egg infuriates and amuses both him and us. It makes beans on toast by roasting them all together in the toaster until the fire alarm goes off; it smashes crockery until Isaac does the same and feels a torrent of anger and grief explode out of him with every plate. It is deftly done dark humour by debut novelist Bobby Palmer, with plenty of knowing egg jokes (Isaac’s brain is “scrambled”). The egg’s funny little language (“Wab wob! Wawoo!”) will crack you up, too (see what I did there?).If Isaac and the Egg starts off pretty wacky, it gradually transforms into a more delicate coming-of-(middle) age story, as the humanisation of the egg – or simply “Egg” as Isaac takes to calling it – mirrors that of Isaac himself.

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. His sister, Joy, visits intermittently, pleading with him to re-join the land of the living; he sees a therapist who asks him cryptically: “What don’t you want to remember?” And although we return plenty of times to Isaac’s memories of Mary, there is clearly something he is holding back.The comic first half of the book is littered with little signs like these, and there is indeed a mystery wrapped inside Isaac and Egg’s buddy comedy. It does perhaps take a little long to get to the place where we understand the clues, a few too many scenes mired in Isaac’s grief.More from BooksKatie Kitamura: 'I read to escape the constraints of my own character'04 August, 2022Paper Cuts is a hymn to music journalism full of drink, drugs and fights with Paul Weller04 August, 2022Mohsin Hamid's The Last White Man is an allegory for white supremacy with echoes of Get Out04 August, 2022His misery has made him “less human with every conversation”, which occasionally makes the book feel as though it has lost its anchor, the plot suddenly steered by a non-verbal toddler (actually the egg remains ageless, but its boundless curiosity coupled with low sense of risk make it seem young) who just keeps on getting into scrapes.There were times when I wanted both Egg and Isaac to move forward more quickly. But this is still a very sweet and wonderfully playful story about grief and how we get through it – and the gentle twist, when it comes, like all good twists, feels both surprising and inevitable, as well as exquisitely written.Isaac and the Egg, Bobby Palmer, is published by Headline, £14.99

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