Engleby

Engleby Bestselling British author Sebastian Faulks reinvents the unreliable narrator with his singular haunting creation Mike Engleby My name is Mike Engleby and I m in my second year at an ancient univers

  • Title: Engleby
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks
  • ISBN: 9780385524056
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bestselling British author Sebastian Faulks reinvents the unreliable narrator with his singular, haunting creation Mike Engleby My name is Mike Engleby, and I m in my second year at an ancient university With that brief introduction we meet one of the most mesmerizing, singular voices in a long tradition of disturbing narrators Despite his obvious intelligence and compBestselling British author Sebastian Faulks reinvents the unreliable narrator with his singular, haunting creation Mike Engleby My name is Mike Engleby, and I m in my second year at an ancient university With that brief introduction we meet one of the most mesmerizing, singular voices in a long tradition of disturbing narrators Despite his obvious intelligence and compelling voice, it is clear that something about solitary, odd 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 As he grows up, finding a job and even a girlfriend in London, Mike only becomes and detached from those around him in an almost anti coming of age His inability to relate to others and his undependable memory able to recall countless lines of text yet sometimes incapable of summoning up his own experiences from mere days before lead the reader down an unclear and often darkly humorous path where one is never completely comfortable or confident about what is true.Mike Engleby is a chilling and unforgettable character, and Engleby is a novel that will surprise and beguile Sebastian Faulks readership.

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    1. “In panic, time stops: past, present and future exist as a single overwhelming force. You then, perversely, want time to appear to run forwards because the ‘future’ is the only place you can see an escape from the intolerable overload of feeling. But at such moments time doesn’t move. And if time isn’t running, then all events that we think of as past or future are actually happening simultaneously. That is the really terrifying thing. And you are subsumed. You’re buried, as beneath [...]

    2. This was a weird experience. The book was very good and very very well written, but I don't know. I loved it but didn't enjoy it. Maybe because it spoke so well of human nature. Too close for comfort.Parts of it were undeniably hilarious. Then I realized it wasn't funny at all and yet being human is a funny business.

    3. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)Too awful to finish: #5 in an ongoing series.The Accused: Engleby, by Sebastian FaulksHow far I got: 220 pages (two-thirds of the way through)Crimes:Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, unlike most of the other books at CCLaP that were too awful to finish, Engleby stands accused of only one crime -- of simpl [...]

    4. 'Engleby' gripped me from the start. I love books set in Oxford or Cambridge, the whole student scene fascinates me, especially when set in the seventies, it has that retro vibe of a scene I missed out on by a few years. If that wasn't compelling enough for me, the story moves on to London in the eighties, not only the same era I lived in London but also the same part of London I lived in. I ate in the same restaurants as Engleby, we used the same library! I've been so immersed in Engleby's worl [...]

    5. This was a really compelling read. I read Birdsong many years ago, and I think that's the only Faulks novel I've ever read--and I frankly don't remember too much about, including whether or not I liked it, so it's unlikely I would have picked this up on my own. An NPR interview steered me in the direction of this book.A fascinating character study of a sociopath, more telling(particularly early on) in what isn't implicitly stated than in what is. I couldn't put it down. I find myself unable to s [...]

    6. This is a great book, despite the narrative awkwardness that shows up in the end. It's true that Mike Engleby has a mental illness, but that's not why he's an important character. He's important because there's something of him, sick as he is, in every smart outsider. (And every truly smart person should be at least a bit of an outsider, don't you agree?) He is fascinated with the popular music of the time, finding significance in it. He politely goes along with people around him, while privatel [...]

    7. My taste in contemporary fiction tends towards authors - Coetzee, Saramago, Barrico, DeLillo, Gustafsson, Murakami, Oshiguro - that master the art of meshing the darkly epic, the philosophically profound and the mildly surrealist into a compelling literary edifice. A few weeks ago I hurriedly picked up a copy of Faulks' Engleby in an airport bookshop. To be honest, I had never heard of Sebastian Faulks but there was something in the introductory paragraph - a mixture of matter-of-factness and gr [...]

    8. This was a very strange reading experience. The premise was intriguing, but I didn't really like the book from the first chapter. Being a completist with OCD, alas there was no choice but to finish it, so I trudged on. For the first half of the book I positively hated it, then it either improved or made it seem so through a case of literary Stockholm Syndrome. Now, having finished it, from the rear view perspective, I can't say I liked it, but there was a grudging sort of appreciation. At least [...]

    9. I had previously read Sebastian Faulk's Charlotte Gray, an historical novel of the best kind both for its historical accuracy and its dramatic characterization. In reading Engleby I found a psychological novel where characterization is brought to the fore with the presentation in the first person. That person, Mike Engleby, gradually becomes several characters as the novel progresses. Much like Dickens, notably in David Copperfield and Great Expectations, Sebastian Faulks's protagonist adopts di [...]

    10. very interesting story - very disturbing. disturbing because the main character is complicated. you know there is something "off" about him yet you can probably relate to him on some level (unless you had a really "wonder-bread life"). by the end of the book it disturbs you that you were able to relate to him at all (and that such a character could exist - but you know he probably could). i like the twists and the complexity. i also like that it is written in 1st person - you feel like you stumb [...]

    11. I was quite captured by this character's voice and perspective. 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. I found the prose to be frequently stunning and almost always fluid and smart. This reads like a thriller at times. It was a intriguing, moody read that I found enjoyable despite its dark tone. I am glad I found this author and look forward to reading other books by him.

    12. My time is stretched, but I want to try to review at least one book a week. Time for Engleby.This book was breath-takingly brilliant. It was one of those rare books where incredible writing and an intriguing storyline combine to create, for me, the perfect novel. I was completely bewitched by Sebastian Faulks in this novel. A lesser writer may have lost me. Who would have thought that an ex-Cambridge graduate looking back over his complex life and recounting ragged and random encounters of it, c [...]

    13. This is a sharp tale. Sharp all the way through. Sharp in its telling, sharp in it's delivery, sharp in its prose. Sharp enough to cut.And it does.A 4-star all the way through (mainly due to the narrowness of the story), but it claimed it's fifth in the final chapter.And what a final chapter."Don't look for closure"

    14. Wow. This is an intense and heavy read, but worth it in the long run. It took me a while to get into it, and it floundered a little in the middle, but the overall feeling of this book was gripping, dusturbing, chilling and sad.As this is written in 1st person, and as the protagonist is a 'loner' with definite social problems, most of the book is dialogue with himself. 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 an [...]

    15. Although well written this is not an easy read. If this had been the first Faulks novel I'd read I would not be keen to try more. Towards the end I understood why this book is written in such a way. One is looking into a very dark soul so it cannot be less than bleak. A condemnation of drug culture.

    16. Usually when I finish a book I am very clear of my opinion on it but this was a rare exception. I thought that it was a pretty average story which was superbly well told. Hence, confusion.It's quite difficult to describe the whole plot without giving it all away. In essence it is ridiculously simple. 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. Engleby is a great char [...]

    17. The cover of this edition says "Compulsively readable yet deeply disturbing" Well, sometimes the ad copy exaggerates a bit. I found it quite readable, though not as compulsively as other books (including this author's Birdsong), and I didn't find it especially disturbing, certainly not "deeply." But if you don't like first person narratives or unreliable narrators, this might not be for you in any case and the exaggerations won't come into it.This is one long characterization. It is told as a so [...]

    18. This is an outstanding novel on many levels.As a read, it is an excellent story: the bleak tale of a man fundamentally at odds with society in an environment to which, for many reasons, he has been dealt a rough deal by. As a student from a poor background in Cambridge in the 70s; with an obsession over a 'perfect' girl who disappears. As a mystery it represents a classic page-turner.But this is a mystery written by Sebastian Faulkes; one of the best storytellers writing today. Without spoiling [...]

    19. Not entirely sure how I feel about this one. It's the story of a disturbed young man, Mike Engleby, as he goes to college. 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. The story builds towards the disappearance of Jennifer, a college student who Mike has become obsessed with. It's always in your mind that Mike has something to do with whatever [...]

    20. lead by great reviews and my wife's book club, i read this. started to fall apart around page 170, when the narrator suddenly reveals he has a rage problem. really? where's it been for 169 pages? other things i didn't like:1. the book is set in the past, and characters make predictions about things that will happen in the future (now) and are of course right. cheap device.2. There is a short rant about the Iraq war at the end that takes the stance that everyone already knows and embraces.3. the [...]

    21. Mike Engleby's life story emerges gradually from the 1970s when he was an abused student to the 2000s when he is a successful journalist. The novel becomes darker when a college friend of Engleby's goes missing. His memories contain great blanks, and the reader could assume it was because of the drugs and alcohol he consumes. The unsolved mystery haunts him as memories return and his sanity is unclear.

    22. This has to be one of the most boring books I have ever read. So many times I nearly gave up on it and only carried on because of having to discuss it at my book club. My advice, for what it's worth, is to give this one a miss!!

    23. Absolutely, positively, HATED this book. I could not even get past the first few chapters. If you enjoy reading about the minute and boring details of a character's daily activity you will like this book. Absolutely awful.

    24. "My own diagnosis of my problem is a simpler one. It's that I share 50% of my genome with a banana and 98% with a chimpanzee. Banana's don't do psychological consistency. And the tiny part of us that's different—the special Homo sapiens bit—is faulty. It doesn't work. Sorry about that."The beginning of Engleby by Sebastian Faulks is deeply irritating. The narrator's condescension and generally disgust with society became boring quickly; this made me mistakenly place the novel into the groan- [...]

    25. I’d never read a Sebasitian Faulks book before, being slightly put off by the dreary-sounding settings and plotlines, but I’d been recommended him enough to give him a go, and I am glad that I did. Engleby is set in the 1970s and 80s and gives a first-person account of the life of Mike Engleby, a very intelligent loner and outsider. The main part of the novel takes place in his university years and adult life. Seeing the world through his eyes, from the beginning the reader is encouraged to [...]

    26. Excellent characterization! Here's a book that stands , not as heavily on its plot as with most books, but more on the main character himself. Highly original. I was intrigued by the premise so the pages flew in the first few chapters. Around the middle though, I honestly got a little bored with all those random and mundane stuff going on. It is after all a "diary" , a bare-all account of Mike Engleby's life. The excitement went back not long after and towards the ending I felt the weight and de [...]

    27. I found this title rather different to the previous novels I have read by Sebastian Faulks in that this one is a thriller which initially surprised me.I thought the characterisation of Mike Engleby was excellent. A student at Cambridge when the action, that he narrates to us takes place, he came across as an intelligent young man who is terribly unstable. He unsettled me and I thought he seemed creepy, with his strange behaviour and stalking of Jennifer. Mike is definitely a social misfit who wa [...]

    28. Thanks to my favourite librarian (thanks, Rob!), I have a now not-so-advanced reader's copy of this, Faulks's newest. And there's a lot of good buzz about it. (I kept seeing it in the recommended section of bookstores in San Francisco last week.) Jenny Davidson, of perhaps my favourite blog, Light Reading, likes it, and often that's enough for me. But the book's left me cold. It's receding quickly into memory--never a good sign. The interest surely lies in Faulks's use of first-person narration. [...]

    29. Faulks 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. Whether this is a good or bad thing, I don't know. But what it does show that Faulks is an exemplary writer. Before this, I'd only ever read Birdsong (which was disturbing and sad on a whole other level). So I had a vague idea of what to expect with this one (ish). On a basic level, Mike is a thirty-something writing retrospectively but for some reason there are a [...]

    30. Two days after finishing this book I still don’t really know what to write in terms of a review! The story begins with Mike Engleby starting at university. He looks back at his school days, where he was first bullied and then became the bully - and from then it is written in chronological order. It seems obvious that he is involved with Jennifer’s disappearance but the story builds slowly moving away from university and to Mike’s working life until it reaches its conclusion.It is difficult [...]

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