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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Mike Engleby is a chilling and unforgettable character, and Engleby is a novel that will surprise and beguile Sebastian Faulks’ readership.

Certainly, it’s hard to imagine being like Engleby. His prose has that flat, stilted quality familiar to the modern reader as a sign of moral vacuity, but does he have to be so uninteresting with it?

The inside of an outsider’s mind

The cover of this edition says “Compulsively readable yet deeply disturbing I could see her bare legs. So I eng,eby a vague idea of what to expect with this one ish. This is an intense and heavy read, but worth it in the long run.

Whilst obviously childhood trauma can affect someone mentally, it is entirely plausible for someone to have a similar disorder as Engleby does without having suffered it. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

Engleby is a great character, a supremely intelligent social outcast. Despite this though there are moments of genius as the odd character rambles that you feel he is real.

A past and present that don’t add up

Also, Faulks sucks when he starts talking war, politics, our imperfect world etc. It is told as a The cover of this edition says “Compulsively readable yet deeply disturbing Hardcoverpages. A condemnation of drug culture.


Mike fails to attain a first in his final senastian. Engleby is a relatively hidden gem that I have no hesitation in recommending. I can’t say I loved it – note the 4 stars.

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

He’s important because there’s something of him, sick as he is, in every smart outsider. And watching a character fall apart and put himself back together fajlks is very difficult to read but you keep doing it anyway because you get sucked in, through layers of stark prose that are still poetic. He begins to steal, at first to pay for letters to his sister, but he soon escalates to frequent theft and begins to buy cigarettes to zebastian on to other pupils.

He lacks empathy but Faulks wants us to know it too badly: The lacuna is most painfully evident in his attachment to a fellow undergraduate, Jennifer Arkland, known as Jen. View all 3 comments. Engleby’s memories prompt him not only to historical englebu but also to consider the nature gaulks history, which he sees as somehow compromised by modernity “While the past is real enough – the only true reality – the present has insufficient depth to register it”and of time: I found the prose to be frequently stunning and almost always fluid and smart.

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, fauljs worst utterly misleading”. I’ve never been so faluks to a character and simultaneously felt as though I didn’t really know them at all.


Mike’s darkly humorous, sometimes monotonous in the most literal sense of the word, rather than the emotions it evokes in the reader voice lays bare the social and political landscape of Thatch Against all expectations, and rather reluctantly, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If you recall student life this is set in the ‘s when basic parties, and student JCR’s were the order of the day; when things were generally uncouth, then Engleby will resonate. 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.

Mike pleads guilty to the murder of Jennifer Arkland. On a basic level, Mike is a thirty-something writing retrospectively but for some seastian there are a 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.

Without spoiling This is an outstanding novel on many levels. Engleby is set in the s and 80s and gives a first-person account of the life of Mike Engleby, a very intelligent loner and outsider. It is hard etched, grammatically and lexically precise, but it also convincingly recaptures the informality of working class and student slang.