Mr. Phillips

Mr. Phillips

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A man who has settled into a safe, ordinary suburban life wakes one day to find himself "sacked"--fired and cast adrift to re-discover and re-invent himself

Blackwell North Amer
Mr. Phillips wakes on a summer's Monday morning in his modest, nearly mortgage-free house, in the bed he has contentedly shared with his wife of almost thirty years (though to be honest, at night he lies beside her and dreams of other women), ready to face another ordinary working day.
Except that this day is not ordinary, for the previous Friday, Mr. Phillips was summarily sacked. Through no fault of his own, Mr. Phillips has suddenly found his whole life cast into doubt.
Unable to deal with this disaster - unable even to tell his wife - Mr. Phillips rises at his usual hour and prepares himself, as he has done his entire working life, for the job he no longer has. Dressed for work with no work to do, he wanders the streets of London, seeing the world as if for the first time, and what he sees triggers memories. Some are improbably funny, some deeply affecting, and all gradually build a portrait of a decent man who only days before knew exactly who he was - husband, home owner, father, valued employee - and on this day wonders what he can become.

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A man who has settled into a safe, ordinary suburban life wakes one day to find himself "sacked"fired and cast adrift to rediscover and reinvent himself. By the author of The Debt to Pleasure. 85,000 first printing. BOMC.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2000
ISBN: 9780399146046
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Phillips


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Aug 20, 2018

Somewhat dated but still funny and often compelling.

multcolib_heathere Dec 02, 2014

A modern classic in my estimation. Bawdy, but great.

Feb 15, 2010

Basically a glimpse into the character of a man who has been made redundant but hasn't told his wife. The book covers the first working day when he leaves home at his usual time (in his usual business attire) but spends the day roaming around London until it is time to go home. The book explores his thoughts and feelings through a series of events that take place during the day. A decent mix of comedy and poignancy but not the unforgettable character that the author was probably hoping to create


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