The newest novel by Sebastian Faulks (author of the upcoming Ian Fleming centenary novel, Devil May Care), Engleby, has been released in the US.
According to the official blurb for the novel:
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 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 more and more 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.
Those interested in the novel can currently order Engleby at a discounted price from amazon.com. The novel was previously published in the UK on 3 May of this year and can also be ordered from amazon.co.uk.
In related literary James Bond news, a review of Engleby by The New York Observer indicates that 007 fans will be in for a treat once Devil May Care hits shelves: ‘If his Bond novel is as sharp as Engleby, Sebastian Faulks will soon be known as one of the most versatile writers at work today–and one of the most entertaining.’
Devil May Care is due for release in May 2008 and will be published by Penguin in the UK and Doubleday in the US.
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