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Publisher Comments:

Sebastian Faulks's new novel is a bolt from the blue: contemporary, demotic, angry, heart-wrenching, and funny, in the deepest shade of black.

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, he rises without trace in Thatcher's England and scorches through the blandscape of New Labour.

In the course of his brief, incandescent career, he and the reader encounter many famous people — actors, writers, politicians, household names — but by far the most memorable is Engleby himself.

Sebastian Faulks's new novel can be read as a lament for a generation and the country it failed. It is also a meditation on the limits of science, the curse of human consciousness and on the lyrics of 1970s' rock music. And beneath this highly disturbing surface lies an unfolding mystery of gripping narrative power. For when one of Mike's contemporaries unaccountably disappears, the reader has to ask: is even the shameless Engleby capable of telling the whole truth?

Review:

Engleby is a verbal performance, and Faulks jacks up the degree of difficulty by choosing to impersonate a brilliant, manic young sociopath....Dazzlingly ironic, Nabokovian modernism.” New York Times

Review:

“A cold, clever book about a cold, clever character....Sebastian Faulks will soon be known as one of the most versatile writers at work today — and one of the most entertaining.” New York Observer

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“Beware: Engleby is no ordinary whodunit....With artistry and skill, [Faulks] turns a would-be murder mystery into a meditation on consciousness.” Washington Post

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"Faulks knows exactly how to keep the reader off-balance in this deft, funny, scary combination of suspense and psychic exploration." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Meet Mike Engleby, a second-year student at university. Despite the fact that Mike is obviously intelligent, and involved in many clubs, it is clear that something about Mike is not quite right. When he becomes fixated on a classmate named Jennifer Arkland, and she goes missing, we are left with the looming question: Is Mike Engleby involved?

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks worked as a journalist for fourteen years before taking up writing full-time in 1991. In 1995 he was voted Author of the Year by the British Book Awards for Birdsong, his fourth novel and his second, following A Fool's Alphabet, to be published in the United States. He is also the author of Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Charlotte Gray, The Fatal Englishman, and The Girl at the Lion d'Or. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307387882
Author:
Faulks, Sebastian
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.7 in 0.55 lb

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Product details 336 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307387882 Reviews:
"Review" by , Engleby is a verbal performance, and Faulks jacks up the degree of difficulty by choosing to impersonate a brilliant, manic young sociopath....Dazzlingly ironic, Nabokovian modernism.”
"Review" by , “A cold, clever book about a cold, clever character....Sebastian Faulks will soon be known as one of the most versatile writers at work today — and one of the most entertaining.”
"Review" by , “Beware: Engleby is no ordinary whodunit....With artistry and skill, [Faulks] turns a would-be murder mystery into a meditation on consciousness.”
"Review" by , "Faulks knows exactly how to keep the reader off-balance in this deft, funny, scary combination of suspense and psychic exploration."
"Synopsis" by , Meet Mike Engleby, a second-year student at university. Despite the fact that Mike is obviously intelligent, and involved in many clubs, it is clear that something about Mike is not quite right. When he becomes fixated on a classmate named Jennifer Arkland, and she goes missing, we are left with the looming question: Is Mike Engleby involved?
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