Saturday, January 9, 2010
By Sebastian Faulks.
This is the first Sebastian Faulks novel I have read, and did so on the recommendation of a number of people who said I simply must read it. I am so pleased they insisted and I was so obedient.
This book is a first person account of the life of Mike Engleby. He's an odd sort of a man, clearly not that likable for some of the people he encounters but strangely endearing for the reader as we get more and more inside his head. We see of his hellish private school experiences, his attempts at fitting in at university, and his embarking on a career in journalism. We also see his thought processes as he attempts to make sense of the disappearance of a university friend. He has quirks aplenty and as some of his actions become more and more questionable I found myself liking him all the more.
Engleby is a deep, dark, funny and very stylish novel. It is thought provoking and a damn good read. I highly recommend it.
After reading this I shall have to go and dust off the languishing copy of Charlotte Gray which adorns my books shelf and has never been read...