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That, in broad summary with the exception of the bit about becoming a bestselling historical novelist is the substance of Engleby - a novel in which Faulks finally fictionalises his home turf and gives vent to a particularly eloquent form of loathing. Engleby, whom we first meet as an intellectually precocious but socially ill-adapted student at Cambridge in the s, frets about the creeping homogeneity of contemporary life. He provides an entertainingly detailed account of orbiting the inscrutably signposted gyratory system around Basingstoke: "The town seethed like Laocoon within its concentric ring roads. The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

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That, in broad summary with the exception of the bit about becoming a bestselling historical novelist is the substance of Engleby - a novel in which Faulks finally fictionalises his home turf and gives vent to a particularly eloquent form of loathing.

Engleby, whom we first meet as an intellectually precocious but socially ill-adapted student at Cambridge in the s, frets about the creeping homogeneity of contemporary life. He provides an entertainingly detailed account of orbiting the inscrutably signposted gyratory system around Basingstoke: "The town seethed like Laocoon within its concentric ring roads. The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

His heightened susceptibility to minor provocation also suggests that he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown - Engleby shovels mouthfuls of nameless blue pills whenever he feels spasms of irritation coming on - and the first catastrophic episode occurs in a record shop, when an inaccurate comment about Emerson, Lake and Palmer throws him into such fury that he wakes up to find himself on a psychiatric ward.

On this occasion Engleby checks himself out, returns to college and resolves to say no more about it. But it is not his final experience of a secure institution, and it is here that the psychiatric research Faulks put into his last novel, Human Traces, pays off.

Human Traces was a meticulously detailed tome that set out to illustrate the advances in cognitive psychology during the late Victorian era. Some complained that you needed an advanced degree to understand the scientific content. Yet over the course of his investigation, Faulks was able to gain access to Broadmoor, the hospital for the criminally insane which stood at the top of the valley above the private college where Faulks went to school.

And Engleby himself is the most vivid personality Faulks has yet devised - not particularly pleasant, possibly downright evil, but engagingly lucid and disarmingly funny: "My own diagnosis of my problem is simple," he explains. Sorry about that.

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Engleby Explained

Bestselling British author Sebastian Faulks reinvents the unreliable narrator with his singular, haunting creationMike Engleby. Despite his obvious intelligence and Bestselling British author Sebastian Faulks reinvents the unreliable narrator with his singular, haunting creation—Mike Engleby. 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?

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He continued to work as a journalist, becoming the first literary editor of The Independent in In he left The Independent. He wrote for various newspapers as a freelancer for the next ten years. They have two sons, William and Arthur, born and respectively, and one daughter, Holly, born This was followed by Birdsong , and Charlotte Gray Engleby is a loner, and the reader is led to suspect that he may be unreliable, particularly when a fellow student disappears. And he was just talking, dictating, almost.

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Though sometimes heavy with the tropes of self-deception and misdirection, this is a compelling psychological portrait of a man who is at once profoundly disturbed and wryly funny. Better to read it as a portrait of one mind out of joint with its times, and eventually defeated by them. That way, witty, poignant, Engleby is as cold as a Fenland wind, as clever as a Cambridge don. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.

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