|Touch Of Love, a (1989) [Novel]|
by Jonathan Coe
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Robin, a postgraduate student in Coventry, has spent four and a half years not writing his thesis. He and his academic colleagues, united by pallor, social ineptness and sexual inexperience, once spent hours in coffee bars discussing their theories, but somehow they never made it on to paper. Now his unfinished thesis languishes in a drawer, and Robin hides in his room, increasingly frightened of the world around him. His friends have failed him, and, obsessed by a former unrequited love, he finds that romance eludes him. His only outlet is his short stories, scribbled in notebooks, unpublished, which express his secret obsessions and frustrations.
Then, when an unfortunate and embarrassing incident in a public park lands him in serious trouble, his life spirals out of control. It seems that nothing, in life or fiction, turns out as predicted...
Original title: A Touch Of Love
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction