The Last Weekend

Morrison, Blake. 2010. The Last Weekend. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701184841 [Book]

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'Me, jealous? ''Yes you, Ian. Very jealous indeed.'

Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, this is the 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. And the scene is set for sunlit relaxation and cheerful reminiscence. But dangerous tensions quickly emerge. In taut prose, the novel conveys the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer. Troubling revelations from Ian's past slowly intrude. And his rivalry with Ollie intensifies as they resurrect a seemingly forgotten bet made twenty years before. Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes, setting in train actions that will have irreversible consequences. The Last Weekend is a deftly crafted page-turner, where little can be taken for granted and nothing is quite as it seems. It offers a dark, haunting tale of friendship, sexual passion and jealousy.

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English and Comparative Literature
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28 Jun 2013 10:07

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26 Jun 2017 09:35


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