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At Last (Patrick Melrose Series #5)
     

At Last (Patrick Melrose Series #5)

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by Edward St. Aubyn
 

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
An Esquire Best Book of Year

"Beautifully wrought . . . Brutally funny and sad."—Vanity Fair

The fifth novel in Edward St. Aubyn's stunning cycle about his protagonist Patrick Melrose.

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At Last: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LaurenBDavis More than 1 year ago
AT LAST is the fifth and final volume in St. Aubyn's series of books about Patrick Melrose (all of which I have read in the last month). Patrick's abusive childhood is based, at least in part, on St. Aubyn's own upbringing, which is chilling. "The slashing intelligence of Patrick's analysis of himself and his upper-crust world, combined with the epigrammatic wit of the dialogue, gave what might have been a narrow confessional exercise the reach and resonance of tragedy," wrote James Lasdun in his Guardian review, acclaiming the final act in a "terrifying, spectacularly entertaining saga". At his mother's funeral, Patrick comes up against the aging monsters of his childhood for one last time, thinking back to maternal betrayals and forward to the redemptive possibilities of his own sons' future. ***SPOILER ALERT HERE *** I almost agree with Lasdun, and would have given this book the same five stars I unreservedly gave the rest of the series, had it not been for an oddly unsatisfying last few pages. I found the leap into the sort of 'even our abusers were abused children once' pop psychology so strange, given the tone and perspective of the rest of the work that I read it twice to make sure I wasn't missing something. I rather hope I was missing something. Although I earnestly wish a better future for this damaged man, I couldn't help but feel this rending of the veil a little too abrupt, as though the author needed to tie up the ends quickly. I needed more subtly, some symbolic hint at future grace perhaps, but this felt too heavy handed and too simple. Having said that (and I regret my feelings on the matter), I HIGHLY recommend the entire series. I've never read anything which manages to marry scathing wit with pathos quite so well. And I may be entirely wrong about the ending. I hope I am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At last, Patrick's mother dies. Read this after the first four novels in the Patrick Melrose series and you will be relieved too. Edward St. Aubyn is a marvelous novelist and says a lot in very few pages.
PXSPhD More than 1 year ago
Having read the first 4 in the series, I had to read "At Last" to get some closure on the characters. Despite the complexities of the characters and plot lines that lead up to "At Last" the final book delivers the perfect conclusion.
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