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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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?

Faulks may be making a deliberate sebaxtian here, and it may be psychologically valid, but it does not work aesthetically.

But that’s ok because we go on Mike’s journey with him, with sympathize with him, in fact we become him such is the strength of Faulks’ writing to the point where when the inevitable happens you’re sat there in shock. At the same time he is gripped by nostalgia for a notional past of ‘authentic’ Englishness.

There is a short rant about the Iraq war at the end that takes the stance that everyone already knows and embraces.

A past and present that don’t add up

Engleby’s words are gauche, to begin with. Emotionally detached, superbly gifted as an observer and intellectually ruthless he is able to shed faupks cold, piercing light on the machinations of evil.


Eengleby has a way of writing that leaves the darker side of human nature laid bare on its pages and you are intimately exposed to it. It was down to the brilliance of one Sebastian Faulks, whose praises I cannot sing highly enough for Engleby.

Then you read it and exactly your expectation happens. Engleby’s relationship to the world around him, the way he views his peers for example, is subtly bizarre in the way he is rational and yet weirdly detached. He is infatuated with a girl named Jennifer Arkland, whose name he only discovered on posters advertising her running for a society committee. He explains that he murdered Jennifer as she came home from a party, offering her a ride and refusing to let her get out.

The combinatorial effect of the narrative techniques made this an intriguing psychological novel and raised the author in my estimation.

Jun 27, James Ferrett rated it really liked it. The narration is from the perspective of Engleby himself, and he often obscures or misrepresents the events around him. As a ffaulks it subtly sets in scene the archetypal confrontation between the life-confirming forces of light and the nihilistic powers of darkness. His prose, freed from the shackles of a troubled mind, starts to shine too. It is only when a glitch in the precisely tuned machinery of his life, that it becomes a relatively compelling or at least interesting read.

Much like Dickens, notably in David Copperfield and Great Expectations, Sebastian Faulks’s protagonist adopts different names for his persona over the course of the novel. It lacks the smoothness, and even Faulks’s brother at first thought he had lost the art of writing it becomes clearer why, as the book progresses.


As other students have also been interviewed, some statements have been made by other students that Mike is homosexual, which doesn’t tally up for the investigating officers. Still, I’m likely engleyb remember this one for awhile.

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks

It was a double delight for me. A fascinating character study of a sociopath, more telling particularly early on in what isn’t implicitly stated than in what is. Without spoiling This is an outstanding novel on many levels. That is the really terrifying thing. He lacks empathy but Faulks wants us to know it too badly: I can’t say I loved it – note the 4 stars. This is most noticeable in the disappearance of Jennifer, to which he gives no indication of his involvement until very near the end of the novel.

At least This was a very strange reading experience. The final chapter makes it all worth it, though.

A past and present that don’t add up – Telegraph

Mike pleads guilty to the murder of Jennifer Arkland. Not entirely sure how I feel about this one. Sharp enough to cut. Books by Sebastian Faulks. Towards the end I understood why this book is written in such a way. Everything is beneath him. seebastian