The Last Weekend download epub
by Blake Morrison
Blake Morrison has crafted an age-old tale of obsession, jealousy and .
Blake Morrison has crafted an age-old tale of obsession, jealousy and revenge with a sharply contemporary flavour, writes Stephanie Merritt. From the panoramic sweep of that state-of-the-nation novel, he has zoomed inwards, focusing tightly in his new book, The Last Weekend, on two fortysomething couples over one stifling August bank holiday as the New Labour epoch hobbles towards its close. The Last Weekend is an age-old tale of obsession, jealousy and revenge given a sharply contemporary flavour by the concerns that drive events to their climax.
The Last Weekend book. Set over a long weekend, Blake Morrison's new novel is a taut, atmospheric, brilliantly chilling story of a rivalrous friendship - as told by Ian, the deceptively casual narrator. It opens with a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a glamorous couple.
The Last Weekend by Blake Morrison. He is married to Em, who wants children but medical opinion says that Ian’s sperm dawdles when it should swim. This unhappily childless and ordinary couple are invited to spend a long summer weekend with Ian’s best friends from university, Ollie and Daisy Moore, who seem to have it all. The holiday offers no respite and serves to bring out the rifts in both marriages. Morrison has taken the odd decision to model the weekend away on the events of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Philip Blake Morrison (born 8 October 1950) is an English poet and author who has published in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. His greatest success came with the publication of his memoirs And When Did You Last See Your Father? which. His greatest success came with the publication of his memoirs And When Did You Last See Your Father? which won the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. He has also written a study of the murder of James Bulger, As If. Since 2003, Morrison has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
BY BLAKE MORRISON (Cape £1. 9). It's a hugely promising set-up and Blake Morrison is a highly accomplished writer, so the biggest surprise in this book is that it's so clunking and heavy-handed. By Harry Ritchie for MailOnline Updated: 12:07 EST, 3 June 2010.
The novel opens with a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a golden couple whose glamour and happiness drive Ian to distraction, and dangerous tensions quickly emerge. In vivid, careful prose, where flashes of wit collide with moments of troubling uncertainty, Blake Morrison perfectly conveys the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer.
It is the assuredness of Morrison's portrayal of Ian's descent which makes The Last Weekend compelling – and lifts a familiar, even melodramatic story skillfully above the commonplace. Matthew Dennison's 'Livia: Empress of Rome' is published by Quercus. Independent culture newsletter.
Category: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Isis Large Print; Large type / large print edition edition (November 1, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages