- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st Edition 1st printing edition (June 5 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091794501
- ISBN-13: 978-0091794507
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,196,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Engleby Hardcover – Jun 5 2007
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“One of the most impressive novelists of his generation.”
“The best novelist of his generation.”
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About the Author
Sebastian Faulks is the author of seven previous novels, including Birdsong (1993), The Girl at the Lion d’Or (1989), Charlotte Gray (1998), On Green Dolphin Street (2001) and Human Traces (2005). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996).See all Product description
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The story and prose are brilliant Sebastian Faulks but because the whole book is Mike telling us about Mike, who is not exactly a bright light in the firmament, it lacks any kind of lift that Mike himself needs and so becomes pretty heavy going. There is a deeper meaning to this book as there is to Mike. I just found it a bit of a slog getting there.
Mike is from a poor family, but is able to attend public school (which, in England means private school) where we first meet him. He is somewhat of a loner throughout the book, but we are constantly looking at his experiences and acquaintances through his eyes. The fact that Mike has near-total recall allows us to visit, completely, earlier events throughout Mike's life.
After public school, he attends a college (which I have never heard of, but may exist. I am not familiar with most of the colleges) in Cambridge. The story follows Mike through all of his schooling and then to a career in London with all of the stresses, fun and worries of growing up.
The pivotal event in the book concerns a girl at Cambridge who interested Mike. She attends a different college but their paths do cross (mostly through efforts on Mike's part) especially during a filming project in Ireland on which they both worked. This girl disappears one night at Cambridge and was not found despite the efforts of police, friends and family. Her memory lives with Mike many years later.
I have to say that during the first quarter of this book, I became somewhat bored, but I am glad that I continued. The further that I progressed into this book, the more I was fascinated by it. I hope not to give away anything of the plot by saying this, but I feel that I must. If you read this book, do not put it aside until you have read the final page. Your assumed conclusion may be in error.
I am now at a point that I would love to find one of those book store talks by authors with Sebastian Faulks as the guest. It would be fascinating to me to hear his thoughts on what this book is really about.
Have I piqued your curiosity? I hope so.