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The Silver Linings Playbook (film tie-in) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/10/1
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Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out . . .The Silver Linings Playbook is a touching and very funny novel, from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now.
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この手の話によくありがちな、「散りばめられたとりとめのないエピソード」がないのはいいんだけど、代わりに（？）高校のliteratureの先生だというNikkiのお勧めの本をPatが読んで、その感想を語る箇所がいくつかあるのだけれど（しかも、The Scarlet Letterとか、Huck Finn、A Farewell to Arms、Catcher's in the Ryeとか、アメリカ文学の王道ばっか）、その解釈が（それらを読んでことあれば）、結構面白いかも。そうではない人にはつまらないと思うが…。ある意味、それら「王道」の著者をコケにしているところがブラックに面白い。そして、もう一つ、Patを始め、Peoples家の男どもはみーんな大のフットボールファンで、やたら地元イーグルズのフットボールの話がでてくる。これも、スポーツ観戦好きにはうなづけるところはあるのかもしれないけど、アンチスポーツ観戦派の私としては、フットボール観戦になんでこんなに情熱を注ぐことができるのか、さっぱり理解不能。
タイトルのsliver linings playbookだけれど（邦題は「世界に一つのプレイブック」になっていて、残念！）、silver liningsとは雲の端の線（縁取り線＝ライン）のことを指すが、silver liningsで、「苦境にある一筋の光」という意味になり、困難にあった時にも、きっとこの後いいことがあるに違いない、とsilver lingingsを信じてがんばる、とかいう意味があるらしい。で、Patは、ランニングしながらいつも雲のsilver liningsを探し、今は最愛のNikkiとapart timeの最中で会えないけれど、silver liningがあると信じている、というワケ。Playbookは、スポーツの記録表みたいなものと、脚本と、二つの意味があり、ここではPatの物語、という意味で使われているんだと思う。
Without going into too much detail, we learn the reason for Pat’s stay at the mental hospital later on in the story as it is finally revealed to himself since he mentally blocks it out.
Author Matthew Quick masterfully infuses humor throughout a story that tackles the topic of mental health. He creates characters we can root for and this is a book with plenty of heart. The story-line flowed smoothly and if it weren’t for daily obligations like work and such I would have finished this book in one sitting.
Patrick is trying to get his life together and that is always an admirable thing. The side characters like Pat’s mom, his therapist, his best friend Ronnie, his brother Jake and Tiffany, all added to the story-line.
The film version is one of my favorites, the cast is wonderful, and now that I have read the book, it’s a favorite as well. Although slightly different from the movie, the book is great because you really get to see the story through Patrick’s eyes. This is a story about starting over and moving on and the importance of friends and family as part of the healing process. I rooted for Pat all the way.
Pat Peoples has been in a rehab for people with some sort of mental health issues.Well, not really but that is how it seems at first. But he isn't showing any progress, so his mother gets him released and brings him home. We don't really know at the time why and Pat doesn't either. He has no memories of why he was there, so the reader doesn't know either. We only know what Pat knows and a bit more as we are able to pick up on clues that he doesn't. All Pat knows is that he is separated from his wife, Nicki and that their "time apart" will end when he is good enough for her. Pat embarks on a training regimen that could put an Olympic athlete to shame. He is also reading books from Nicki's high school teaching syllabus in order to be able to discuss this with him. Pat also sees a doctor, Cliff, who doesn't judge Pat. Pat's father won't talk to him except during Eagles games. Pat begins to realize that he was locked up for longer than he thought as he learns that the Eagles went to the Superbowl and that his younger brother, Jake is married and Pat missed all of it, has no memory of any of it.
Pat is invited to dinner by one of his old high school friend's and his wife and her sister, Tiffany. Tiffany is recently widowed and angry and a very interesting character. She starts following Pat when he goes on his daily marathon runs. Pat is annoyed as he is married and not interested. His mom tells him if he stops ignoring Tiffany, she might leave him alone. But she doesn't. Pat desperately wants to speak with Nicki but doesn't know where she is and has been told he is not allowed contact with her. Tiffany agrees to help him if she will be his dance partner in a local competition.
This story is quirky and brilliant. I love how it is told through Pat's eyes and while the reader will pick up on things faster than Pat does, we still don't know and that makes the book even more compelling. You might guess parts but you won't guess it all. That is unless you see the movie first which tells the ending right at the beginning and Pat knows it. Such a waste to turn a great novel into such a bad story. Even if you have unfortunately seen the movie, I still recommend reading this, it's just amazing!