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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Like Faulks’s previous five novels, Engleby is determinedly historical and, like his last Human Tracesit deals with psychiatry.

This is, ultimately, a fascinating character study, despite a beginning which may turn off readers who aren’t prepared to grit their teeth. His alibi fails to stand up but no concrete evidence against him is found and the investigation is suspended. The combination of serious purpose and playful sebastisn is intensely exhilarating. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. For a character so grounded in his dislike of society, Faulks gives him exactly the background society expects him to have.

Whilst obviously childhood trauma can affect someone mentally, it is entirely plausible for someone to have a similar disorder as Engleby does without having suffered it.

The wizard of odd

If you love Cambridge, you should love Engleby. Banana’s don’t do psychological consistency. He harbours a conviction that time is not linear and dreads the possibility of reincarnation.

Who would have thought that an ex-Cambridge graduate looking back over his complex life and recounting ragged and random encounters of it, c My time is stretched, but I want to try to review at least one book a week. Mike Engleby attends an ‘ancient university’ studying English at first, but switches over to natural sciences after he begins to doubt the legitimacy of the subject. It’s the story of a disturbed young man, Mike Engleby, as he goes to college. The exhilaration from reading this book is due to Sebastian Faulks’ ability to match the tonality and rhythm of his prose exactly to the complexity of his lead character and the carefully unfolding, layered plot.

More from the web. The trouble is it shines too late. Too awful to finish: He is infatuated with a girl named Jennifer Arkland, whose name he only discovered on posters advertising her running for a society committee. It tells the tale of a working-class boy who wins a place at an esteemed university and becomes a murder mystery after the disappearance of a girl at a nearby college.


If you are anything like me you will read the blurb and immediately have an expectation about what will happen but are hoping to be surprised.

The inside of an outsider’s mind

If you’re looking for an intricate plot, don’t read zebastian. Suffering from some sort what we would now call personality disorder, I prefer this book to Faulks other work because it has a stronger voice.

Having grown up in these years myself, the detail with which Faulks decorated his narrative were both convincing and evocative of the time. I find myself unable to s This was a really compelling read.

The book is written as a memoir and skips back and forward in time through Engleby’s time in public school where he is physically and mentally abused to college where is considered a loner and weird.

And you are subsumed. But these are more or less allayed as the narrative regains its balance, and fsulks an obscure hiatus Engleby emerges – plausibly enough, given his trade as a journalist – as a Zelig-like figure in the public life of Britain in the s. Mar 03, Jason Pettus rated it did not like it. I’ve been so immersed in Engleby’s worl ‘Engleby’ gripped me from the start. My interest was also piqued by his recurrent meditations like this one on time: Sebastin course, if you’re a “nice person” and a real “team player,” you’re not going to get it.

I felt bad about ultimately abandoning this book, because like I said there’s nothing wrong per-se about what’s actually there; but after three days of being stymied around pagenot feeling any enthusiasm fsulks picking the book up again and having my entire reading queue suffer for itI finally just had to admit that this book was simply not worth trying to finish.

His prose has that flat, stilted quality familiar to the modern reader as a sign of moral vacuity, but does he have to be so uninteresting with it? This is most noticeable in the disappearance of Jennifer, to which faulk gives no indication of his involvement until very near the end of the novel. I am absolutely sure I will reread the book, I’m tempted to read it again right now. But is he bonkers? He moves to London and makes a living by drug dealing, eventually becoming faulke journalist.


There a lot of psychiatric analysis, combined with legal perspective and this is understandable given Faulks’s immersion in sebasstian subject matter for Human Traces.

I look forward to reading more of his novels. His memory, photographic and encyclopaedic one moment, hopelessly amnesiac engeby next, is enough to send anyone bonkers. He goes to the same lectures, turns up at the same parties, even attaches himself to a trip to Ireland where a student film is being made, starring Jen as a rape victim. Faulks had been constructing an arsehole-pinata, which readers get to enjoy watching him beat down over the final pages of this book.

Any feelings of familiarity with his thought processes should immediately be followed up with a visit to a therapist! Sebastiann great names for the webastian and passages “tennis court road”; the pubs. I recognized a few of the bands, but if there was any symbolism contained in the quoted lyrics, it was entirely lost on me.

The inside of an outsider’s mind – Telegraph

Certainly, it’s hard to imagine being like Engleby. The unsolved mystery haunts him as memories return and his sanity is unclear. Although well written this is not an easy read. There is a lot of latitude in my 4- and 5-star ratings. A fascinating character study of a sociopath, more telling particularly early on in what isn’t implicitly stated than in what is.

In reading Faukks I found a psychological novel where characterization is brought to the fore with the presentation in the first person. She had a sharp patella that gave a fetching inverted-triangle shape to the knee.

He occasionally alludes to feeling isolated, but rejects the idea that he suffers from depression. So overall it is excellent, I felt the pace drifted a little mid-way through but that was the only flaw I could see.

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