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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For the first half of the book I positively englebt it, then it either improved or made it seem so through a case of literary Stockholm Syndrome.

He lacks empathy but Faulks wants us to know it too badly: And you are subsumed.

It is revealed that engleb shirt the officers took from his college rooms during the investigation was checked using newly developed DNA techniques and was shown to have Jennifer’s blood on it. It’s quite difficult to describe the whole plot without giving it all away.

The inside of an outsider’s mind

Mike pleads guilty to the murder of Jennifer Arkland. Jul 15, Colin rated it really liked it Shelves: His prose, freed from the shackles of a troubled mind, starts to shine too. The writing style is radically different from Faulks’s other works.

But gradually it becomes clear that there is a significant gap between the vivid longing of Engleby’s internal life and his ability to connect with the external world.


A past and present that don’t add up

Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. We have learnt that the poor boy was bullied at public school and beaten by his father. A quiet retirement to an undisclosed health facility in the country.

Who would have thought that an ex-Cambridge graduate looking back over his complex life and recounting ragged and random encounters of it, could make such compelling reading? Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. The main part of the novel takes place in his university years and adult life. Engleby is a novel by the author Sebastian Faulks. After his career is launched by the Brixton riots, he becomes a feature writer and interviewer, which inaugurates the most entertaining stretch of the novel.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Relieved of the burden of faux suspense, ideas kept at the fringe by passing ephemera are foregrounded, themes blossom.

The inside of an outsider’s mind – Telegraph

Mike Engleby, according to his diary, was a victim of child abuse and a misfit. A lesser writer may sebsatian lost me. This can make for heavy reading at times, but it’s also quite inthralling looking into the mind of a man whose view of reality and the world is so different from the ordinary.

When we, the readers, realise the extent to which we have been conned, it only serves to focus even more sharply sbeastian the characterisation this novel so aptly draws. It is told as a sort of diary, though it took me quite a few pages to identify it as such.


Topics Books The Observer. Written in the first person, it sees Mike Engleby tell the story of his time at university, the disappearance of the girl he admired from afar and his life from then onwards. Seeing the world through his eyes, from the beginning the reader is encouraged to identify and sympathise with Engleby as he lives an apparently blameless albeit drink and faulos fuelled but perhaps lonely life.

The trouble is that this story only requires a few hundred words yet somehow Faulks manages to stretch it out for an entire novel. It has to be experienced, felt, savoured.

Faulks had been constructing an arsehole-pinata, sebawtian readers get to enjoy watching him beat down over the final pages of this book. That last perception leads him to the idea at the heart of this novel, that “the defining human faculty – that of self-awareness – is a faulty one, at best partial and frustrating, at worst utterly misleading”. May 19, Julie rated it did not like it. Faulks paints the picture of a troubled man but plays it so close to the wire that you never know is he just odd or really capable of doing terrible things.

Just a moment while we sign you in to faulkx Goodreads account. Not entirely sure how I feel about this one.