At Last

At Last

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By (author) Edward St Aubyn

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Hardback | 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 38mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0374298890
  • ISBN 13: 9780374298890
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 305,014

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A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2012One of "The Telegraph"'s Best Fiction Books 2011One of "Esquire"'s Best Books of 2012One of "TIME"'s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2012Here, 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 Americam 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."

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Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of "A Clue to the Exit "and "On the Edge"; a "s"eries of novels about the Melrose family, including the trilogy "Some Hope"; and "Mother's Milk," which was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.

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" . . . one of the most amazing reading experiences I've had in a decade. After all the suffering and torment and despair that Patrick Melrose has been through over the years, [St. Aubyn] leaves him in a very interesting place, and he does it all with his incredible examination of the sweep of time and the way our understanding of people changes over decades. All of that is done with this incredible, biting, witty, hilarious prose style, the elegant, classic English sentences that he writes and these amazing put-downs, and he's great at dissecting an entire social world with a really wicked scalpel." --Michael Chabon, "The Los Angeles Times" "Remarkable . . . In order to understand what makes these novels so exceptional, it's better to open any one of them at random, marveling at the precise observations and glistening turns of phrase, not to mention dialogue witty enough to make our own most clever conversations sound like . . . well, like St. Aubyn's Princess Margaret." --Francine Prose, "The New York Times Book Review" "["At Last"] offers up everything that one could hope for in a good novel." --Christopher A. Gellert, "The Washington Square New" "St. Aubyn's skill with characterization, his dissection of how a personality warps, settles, or improves over time, is nowhere more evident than in his aging of Patrick, whose mood and mental state are a gauge for the tone of each novel. . . "At Last "is far less dramatic than any previous Melrose book, although the humor and perfectly observed dialogue remain. Its calm is entirely suited to the wisdom Patrick Melrose has painfully, finally earned." --Victoria Beale, "The New Republic" "St. Aubyn writes with exquisite control and a brilliant comic touch. . . An intelligent and surprisingly hopeful novel, a fitting conclusion to one of the best fictional cycles in contemporary fiction." --Anthony Domestico, "The Boston Globe " "You have to drill down pretty far and pretty mercilessly to get to the vulnerable, human soul