After his successes with Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, superior sagas of love, trench foot and French peasantry, Sebastian Faulks these days seems determined not to mention the war. Psychiatrists were the heroes of his last book, Human Traces, and this latest, equally ambitious one, also resounds to the misfirings of an aberrant mind. The narrator is Mike Engleby, a fresher at Cambridge in , and it's from his journal that we build a profile of his 'otherness' - his terrible dress sense, his Rabelaisian appetite for prescription drugs and alcohol, his zest for petty thievery the novel is a Big Rock Candy Mountain of wallets protruding from the pockets of unattended coats and dozy off-licence assistants looking the other way while Engleby plunders them for fags and gin. His memory, photographic and encyclopaedic one moment, hopelessly amnesiac the next, is enough to send anyone bonkers.
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This is the story of Mike Engleby, a working-class boy who wins a place at an esteemed English university. But with the disappearance of Jennifer, the undergraduate Engleby admires from afar, the story turns into a mystery of gripping power. Sebastian Faulks's new novel is a bolt from the blue, unlike anything he has ever written before: contemporary, demotic, heart-wrenching - and funny, in the deepest shade of black.
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Mike Engleby has a secret Like Human Traces , Engleby is distinguished by a remarkable intellectual energy: a narrative verve, technical mastery of the possibilities of the novel form and vivid sense of the tragic contingency of human life A portrait of one mind out of joint with its times, and eventually defeated by them Visit the Sebastian Faulks author page. Added to basket. The Truants. Kate Weinberg. The Long Call.
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Published: Hutchinson, ; Vintage, ;. Thrillingly moving. Most novelists will never write lines that speak to the heart so effectively; for Faulks that seems the easiest thing of all. Very funny and, at the same time, deeply disturbing. Engleby the character is a tour-de-force, a person utterly without empathy who nevertheless evokes our own; a man with the intelligence to examine himself and yet still not understand.
Look Inside. 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? Sebastian Faulks worked as a journalist for 14 years before taking up writing full-time in To read Engleby is to be carried in the arms of a master.
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This is the story of Mike Engleby, a working-class boy who wins a place at an esteemed English university. But with the disappearance of Jennifer, the undergraduate Engleby admires from afar, the story turns into a mystery of gripping power. Sebastian Faulks's new novel is a bolt from the blue, unlike anything he has ever written before: contemporary, demotic, heart-wrenching - and funny, in the deepest shade of black. The combination of serious purpose and playful execution is intensely exhilarating".