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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His alibi fails to stand up but no concrete evidence against him is found and the investigation is suspended. Everything is beneath him. We have learnt that the poor boy was bullied at public school and beaten by his father. If you’re looking for an intricate plot, don’t read this.

Oh, I tried, ladies and gentlemen, oh how I tried, especially with the book itself being founded on a serviceable-enough premise: He stalks her by following her into lectures and attending her societies. I find myself unable to s This was a really compelling read.

It’s quite difficult to describe the whole plot without giving it all away. Sebastian Faulks is best known for Birdsong. View all 5 comments.

Faulks shows here he is a good writer but he just couldn’t give us a plot which demonstrates he can be a good novel writer. I am glad I found this author and look forward to reading other books by him.


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. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life.

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. This page was last edited on 27 Augustat I even used italics!!

The inside of an outsider’s mind

Then you read it and exactly your expectation happens. And there are occasional flourishes of great, moving empathy when Engleby ruminates on the object of his veneration “Jennifer sat back against the wooden settle in a slightly defensive posture; she wore a floral print skirt.

We lost the past. His final memory of Chatfield is enfleby forcing Stevens to take a cold bath, just as Baynes had done to him previously. The novel becomes darker when a college friend of Engleby’s goes missing.

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks

Ten years in music is pretty nearly an entire generation! Despite this he goes to an Englleby university, where he fails to make any fiends.


Jul 25, Ava rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I couldn’t put it down. 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. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.

Parts of it were undeniably hilarious. Probably nearer to 3. Oct 11, Tony Moore rated it liked it.

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Liked the first half – about school, college and the start of journalistic career – VERY much, then it got sort of pointless, and the last quarter was just meh. Yep, he still binge-drinks and takes little blue pills. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. At least I didn’t hate it all the way.

That person, Mike Engleby, gradually becomes several characters as the novel progresses. His memories contain great blanks, and the reader could assume it was because of the drugs and alcohol he consumes.