Thursday, 13 January 2011
Last Orders by Graham Swift
While his son Vince, and his friends Ray, Lenny and Vic are on their way to the seaside, his wife Amy is visiting their daughter June to break the news to her.
This day, meant to honour Jack, turns out to be one of deep reflection and soul searching for each of the people involved. Over the years their lives had become so entwined that a simple good-bye wasn't enough. it had to be more, much more.
At first I was a bit confused of who all these people were, but as I continued listening it became clear. They were clearly grieving, not only for Jack's death, but also for events past and for events that could have been.
I particularly liked Ray's story. During the course of the War, he and Jack has saved each others lives and become like brothers. That bond had never been broken even if they didn't wear it on their sleeves every day.
This audio book features a full cast of characters/voices. I found that this really enhanced the story telling.
read by: Simon Prebble, Gigi Marceau Clark, Jenny Sterlin, Ian Stewart, Gerard Doyle, Simon Jones, and Domonick Hawksley
Winner of the 1996 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Winner of the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction
Thanks to Random House Canada for the cover photo.
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