The Last Enchantments is a powerfully moving and lyrically written novel. A young American embarks on a year at Oxford and has an impassioned affair that will change his life forever
After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he's poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he's been in love with for the last four years.
Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he's always known, but he's soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he's least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself.
Charles Finch's The Last Enchantments is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
CHARLES FINCH is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. His novels include A Death in the Small Hours, An Old Betrayal and The Laws of Murder. He lives in Chicago.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am truly disappointed in THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS! Having read them all, I can totally recommend The CHARLES LENOX series and have one word for every one of them - elegant!!. Sorry, but this book was anything but. Crass language, characters with no depth that I could discern. The main character was 25 years old, and way too old to be so pubescent. I am a third of the way into the novel and refuse to finish, as I don't care what happens to these immoral shallow characters. Please, Mr. Finch, go back to elegance. That's where you shine in my book.
THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS by Charles Finch, read by Luke Daniels is a Fiction. Audio Version. A compelling tale of friendship, heartbreak,love, loss and growing up. While, I had a hard time connecting to the characters, it was an interesting tale of secret longings, desires and finding one's self. Mr. Daniels', voice is vivid, and interesting. This is a tale of time between youth, and adulthood. A time of growing up, finding first love, tragedy, unrequited love, using Oxford University campus as a backdrop. As I said above I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I don't totally understand why, as this is an interesting tale of growing up and the transition between adolescence and adulthood with all the issues and problems life brings in between. Received for an honest review. RATING: 3 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
I felt complete apathy towards the main character throughout the book. I never felt as though I understood him well enough to really root for him, even though the story is told from his perspective. The plot is bland as is the writing. I found it to be a dull easy read.
Charles Finch, in The Last Enchantments, captures perfectly the desperate yearnings of youth- the passions, experiences, losses, and friendships that shape us as we 'grow up'. Will Baker leaves New York and his girlfriend, Alison, behind as he leaves for a year at Oxford (Will's Last Enchantment)- believing it is for only a year and it will not change the future. While there, he meets a number of people who change his future like he never thought possible. I found myself, while reading, going back to certain lines just for the beauty and simplicity of the prose. There are passages wonderfully humorous and others deep in emotion. The Last Enchantments is a book that stays with you after reading and evoked, a not unwelcome, introspection. Though I absolutely love Finch's Charles Lenox mystery series, the writing shows here a deep command and love for the literary novel on Mr. Finch's part and I welcome and look forward to more of this in the future.