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At Last

The Final Patrick Melrose Novel

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Description

A New York Times Notable Book of 2012

One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books 2011

One of Esquire's Best Books of 2012

One of TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2012

Here, from the writer described by The Guardian as "our purest living prose stylist" and whom Alan Hollinghurst has called "the most brilliant English novelist of his generation," is a work of glittering social comedy, profound emotional truth, and acute verbal wit. At Last is also the stunning culmination of one of the great fiction enterprises of the past two decades in the life of the English novel.
As readers of Edward St. Aubyn's extraordinary earlier works—Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and the Man Booker Prize finalist Mother's Milk—are well aware, for Patrick Melrose, "family" has always been a double-edged sword. At Last begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his mother, Eleanor. An American heiress, Eleanor married into the British aristocracy, giving up the grandeur of her upbringing for "good works" freely bestowed on everyone but her own son, who finds himself questioning whether his transition to a life without parents will indeed be the liberation he had so long imagined.

The service ends, and family and friends gather for a final party. Amid the social niceties and social horrors, Patrick begins to sense the prospect of release from the extremes of his childhood, and at the end of the day, alone in his room, the promise some form of safety. . . at last.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 28, 2011 – Eleanor Melrose has died, and her son Patrick is attending her memorial service at the opening of this brilliant, introspective, and witty novel from St. Aubyn, the fifth, and presumably final, in the autobiographical series (after Mother’s Milk which, like this novel, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize). Though it’s possible to read At Last on its own, it’s best appreciated as the conclusion to the long, often torturous story of Patrick Melrose and his aristocratic but barbarous family. The funeral allows St. Aubyn to bring an enormous cast into play, offering multiple perspectives on the Melroses, but St. Aubyn’s true subject is Patrick: being raped by his father as a child, his mother’s squandering of the family fortune on the “Transpersonal Foundation,” his own stints in rehab. Despite a level of dysfunction that would render most novels unreadable (and most lives unlivable), the book is a masterpiece of dark comedy, with plentiful wit. St. Aubyn’s greatest accomplishment, however, lies in his rendering of consciousness itself, turning inchoate thought and memory into a thematically unified, unflinching, and deeply satisfying narrative. Though he echoes Anthony Powell and Evelyn Waugh, St. Aubyn’s voice is unique, powerful, and scathingly funny.

Customer Reviews

SM

Five Stars for the writing, two stars for the format!!
I'm a big fan of Mr. St Aubyn, always look forward to his exquisite precision in language and his memorable descriptions of people and their emotions; however, this ebook must have been rushed to press, or whatever we call it now. There are so many errors in the text, ranging from tiresome repititions of phrases and sentences to incomplete sentences, that the beauty of the writing is sacrificed to the point of frustration for this reader.

Too much of a good thing?

Loved the earlier Patrick Melrose novels, which I highly recommend. The final installment rehashed much of the earlier conflicts and drama, perhaps to the point of caricature of the earlier appearances of people in the series. That said, I found the series overall the best written and most thought provoking fiction I have read for a long time. Meaningful but also hugely entertaining.

Required Finale

At Last is necessary to tie the previous Patrick Melrose novels together and for closure but not nearly as good as the previous books in the series. I enjoyed the entire entity however but only a good choice for those who prefer their fiction dark...EAF

At Last
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family
  • Published: Jan 31, 2012
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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