The antihero of Sebastian Faulks’s new novel is a pub-crawling, aesthetically The narrator, Mike Engleby, begins his long apologia with an. Narrated in the first person by the main character, Mike Engleby, Faulks’s seventh novel is modern, demotic and funny – albeit in a deep shade of black. It’s hard. Engleby has ratings and reviews. Jeff said: Bestselling British author Sebastian Faulks reinvents the unreliable narrator with his singular, haunting.

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Still, I’m likely to remember this one for awhile. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Quite early on in his story, the odd detail begins not to add up, and about a quarter of the way through, when “something truly terrible” happens, we start to harbour serious suspicions. Thursday 27 December Then you read it and exactly your expectation happens. He is fascinated with the popular music of the time, finding significance in it. While there he reads Jennifer’s letters and begins to reflect about his past.

I loved it but didn’t enjoy it.

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One prefect, Baynes, steals a cake sent to him by his mother and later forces Engleby to take a bath in cold water. Sep 07, Maya rated it really liked it Shelves: Is Mike Engleby involved? Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. This has to be one of the most boring books I have ever read. Known as ‘Toilet’ by the vile bullies at his minor public school, he becomes ‘Groucho’, ‘Irish Mike’ and ‘Prufrock’ at university, later acquiring a brace of journalistic pseudonyms.


The combinatorial effect of the narrative techniques made this an intriguing psychological novel and raised the author in my estimation. There a lot of psychiatric analysis, combined with legal perspective and this is understandable given Faulks’s immersion in this subject matter for Human Traces.

Usually when I finish a book I am very clear of my opinion on it but this was a rare exception. A gawky figure on the margins of student life, given to Hornbyish musings about King Crimson and Soft Machine, he is practically friendless, apart from a tenuous social life achieved by dealing hash, and an obsession with an unobtainable emgleby.

But lonely means minding about being on your own.

A past and present that don’t add up – Telegraph

His final memory of Chatfield is of forcing Stevens sebasgian take a cold bath, just as Baynes had done to him previously. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On a basic level, Mike is a thirty-something writing retrospectively but for some reason there are a few blanks in the story – some of which are explained and some are not.

I find myself unable to s This was a really compelling read. He doesn’t emote, love or experience joy, yet he manages to make a pretty decent life for himself Much like Dickens, notably in David Copperfield and Great Expectations, Sebastian Faulks’s protagonist adopts di I had previously read Sebastian Faulk’s Charlotte Gray, an historical novel of the fqulks kind both for its historical accuracy and its dramatic characterization.

He moves to London and makes a living by drug dealing, eventually becoming a journalist. His prose, freed from the shackles of a troubled mind, starts to shine too.


It is hard etched, grammatically and lexically precise, but it also convincingly recaptures the informality of working class and student slang. The story builds towards the disappearance of Jennifer, a college student who Mike has become obsessed with. I thought that it was a pretty average story which was superbly well told. It was a intriguing, moody read that I found enjoyable despite its dark tone.

There is a lot of latitude in my 4- and 5-star ratings. Through the holes in his ‘unreliable’ memory sebasgian accounts of random encounters in pubs or eventless jaunts in his Austinbanal observations dressed up as insight. The character is captured fantastically in the narration, there’s a remarkable intellectual energy about it with constant reference to history and literature and science.

A past and present that don’t add up

At Chatfield he was bullied by the prefects and by other students, gaining the name “Toilet Engleby” by asking for permission to go to the toilet rather than “lavatory” during a lesson.

The inside of an outsider’s mind. This is story telling at its masterful best. Retrieved from ” https: To view it, click here. But since we are incapable of viewing it in faulkks other way, it might as well be.