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Le Dernier d'entre nous

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  484 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Années 1960, États-Unis. Les slogans anti-guerre du Vietnam fusent dans les rues : la jeunesse se révolte... et va parfois jusqu'à commettre l'irréparable. C'est ce que va découvrir trente ans plus tard Isabel Grant lorsqu'un e mail de son père vient bouleverser son univers. Aujourd'hui avocat respecté, cet ancien activiste du weather underground a reconstruit sa vie après ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 574 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by 10/18 (first published June 30th 2003)
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Second read-through. Liked it just as much. Lots of good historical background about Vietnam War and SDS and corrupt national government. Set the scene well to explain motivations of "radical leftist" groups in USA.

Like the message about your actions being result not necessarily of your political or religious viewpoints, but of the people that you live among: the company you keep.

Makes me want to read much more about the 60s & 70s student protests. Reading this now after seeing Taymor's "Ac
In fairness, I got about two-thirds of the way through this one and skipped to the end to see how it wound up. For a book that seemed like it should be so narrative-driven, it was written in an awfully turgid style. There were some interesting plot twists at the beginning, and for a while, the hope of more kept me going for a little while, but it seems that a book that's supposed to be sort of a political thriller shouldn't be quite this ponderous to slog through.
The Company You Keep (2012), directed by Robert Redford, with

Robert Redford ... Jim Grant / Nick Sloan
Shia LaBeouf ... Ben Shepard
Julie Christie ... Mimi Lurie
Susan Sarandon ... Sharon Solarz
Nick Nolte ... Donal Fitzgerald
Chris Cooper ... Daniel Sloan
Terrence Howard ... FBI Agent Cornelius
Stanley Tucci ... Ray Fuller
Richard Jenkins ... Jed Lewis
Anna Kendrick ... Diana
Brendan Gleeson ... Henry Osborne
Brit Marling ... Rebecca Osborne
Sam Elliott ... Mac McLeod
Michael O'Toole
Set in the 90s, this dramatic thriller follows civil rights attorney Jim Grant who's in the midst of a custody battle for his seven year old daughter with his recovering drug addict ex-wife. After the arrest of Weather Underground activist fugitive, Sharon Solartz, young, ambitious reporter Ben Schulberg who's assigned to write the story interviews Grant, who refused to represent Solarz after she contacted him. Later, after finding out that Grant left town with his daughter, Isabel, Schulberg so ...more
Dull, dull, dull. Admittedly, I didn't finish this. (also, I'm not pals with or related to the author.) Up through chapter 22, nothing had happened, not one single thing, no plot, no narrative drive, no profound human insights. Nada. When I'd read for the umpteenth time a father nattering on cloyingly about his daughter's sweet little toes and sweet little clothes and sweet little blahblahblah, I threw it across the room with great force. Life is too short to finish badly-written books.
Mark Hundley
Competent but not spectacular epistolary novel that uses the backdrop of the Weather Underground as a frame for mystery and examination of the motives of revolutionaries. Despite the research that went into the effort, it comes off superficially in its presentation of the time and motivations. New insights into the era are absent and characterizations of the individuals lack distinction but all this seems consistent with a page-turner effort.
Carol Tensen
Recently a friend of mine gifted me with a copy of The Company You Keep. As someone who went to college during the late sixties, early seventies, the historical background (SDS/Weather Underground) intrigued me. I remember many of the names quoted: Diane Oughton, Kathleen Soliath, Susan Sterns, I even remember having conversations with Silas Trim Bissell at the UW hub. So I was eager to read it. And indeed I did plow through the first hundred pages. Oddly when James Hall, the upstate NY attorney ...more
In the end, this book is a magnificent read into life in modern America. Fighting wars we don't understand and frustrated with government, we face the same issues today as the nation faced then during Vietnam. It is told in the epistolary model, however, unlike in old days when these types of novels unfolded through a series of letters exchanged between two or more people, this one is told through a series of e-mails from a group called "The Committee". I don't want to ruin anyone's experience, ...more
Set against the rise and fall of the Weather Underground, the antiwar group of the Vietnam War era, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP is a sweeping American saga about sacrifice, the ecstatic righteousness of youth, and the tension between political ideals and family loyalties. Here's what's going on...

Jason Sinai...age having a bad day or two in the early summer of 1996. He likes his life as Jim Grant, a civil rights attorney in Albany, New York. He loves his 7 year old daughter Izzy...and is a cari
Two story devices work well in this that often fail: multiple narrators and modified epistolary novel format; the narrative is built by a very long email chain (in detail that could not possible exist in that format, but it’s so engagingly written that you can suspend your disbelief).

It’s a message to the millennial generation and a reminder to all of American 20th century social and political history; It also wants to echo current events. It’s a mystery, love stories, and both a novel of ideas
LL Dunn
I really enjoyed this book. Thanks, Cynthia. A detailed telling of the story of Weathermen from the early 70's. Great character development, wonderful twists of plot. Engrossing.
Kristen Schrader (Wenke)
I'm not a fan of the "email by committee" format. I think it would have been simpler as either a straightforward telling of the story, or as one long letter from her father.

While I liked the main mystery - Jason going on the run from the police, and why does he need to see Mimi so badly? - everything else just dragged. If Gordon streamlined the story (again, probably by just having Jason tell it), then I think I would have enjoyed it more, rather than just finishing it to finish it.
This is so good! The story is told by emails to one person from four or more different persons. I love that sort of format. And each of these persons has his or her own voice and story. It involves a man needing to deal with his past in the Weather Underground after creating a new life for himself which he is loathe to abandon. And loathe to abandon his child to whom the emails are addressed. I loved the picture of the non-violent revolutionaries of the Weather Underground who were trying to ove ...more
Linda L
I loved it and want to see the movie. A complex narrative told though multiple voices in an email format. It's a Vietnam, sixties protest story which got confusing if I didn't chart out the characters who had multiple names as many were Weatherground fugitives. Sadly parallels so much of what's still happening though.
The Lady Inquisitor
Jan 06, 2015 The Lady Inquisitor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political enthusiasts,people looking for a good history,people that like well written characters
Recommended to The Lady Inquisitor by: bought it myself
I'm not a fan of books about politics. Or at least,I wasn't one. After reading this novel there's a big chance i'll keep reading more and more about the subject.

The story is set around Jim Grant,a seemingly ordinary lawyer with an ordinary life. A caring father,a good professional. But e-mail after e-mail we see his life changing and how much the fight for liberty can cost.

The story is all written in e-mails,which i thought was a really innovating and interesting form. Also points to Neil Gordon
Dec 29, 2008 Ciara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of political thrillers, underground fugitives from justice, weather underground devotees
oooh, i am really into this book. you kind of have to get past the gimmicky fact that it is comprised entirely of e-mails, & that no one really writes that eloquently when they are writing e-mail, but whatever. i'll let it slide this one time. okay, so the story is pretty complex: the guy who instigates all of this e-mail writing is a fellow named daniel. the e-mails are being written to his daughter, who is around 18. she lives in england with her mother, a formerly well-known actress, the ...more
Sim Carter
I am so looking forward to the film based on this book! Gordon wrote the novel as a modern-day epistolary; a series of (incredibly long and well-written) emails to 17 year old Isabel, mostly from her father, Jim Grant, an ex-Weatherman living as a civil rights lawyer, as he desperately tries to clear his name from a murder charge stemming from his past acts. Ironic as he has gone through several names throughout his life. Others - friends, former lovers, a young newspaperman and various key figu ...more
Steve Wilson
While the pace of the book is often slow, it was nonetheless interesting from start to finish and I especially enjoyed the glimpses of information about the Vietnam protest era.

The book is written in the form of e-mails from various individuals to the daughter of the main character of the book. The reasons behind the e-mails remains unknown until the final pages of the book whne the author pulls all the pieces together. Trying to figure out the purpose of the e-mails kept me intrigued throughou
This book consists of a series of emails all with different senders. After reading some other reviews, I noticed a lot of people had a problem with this style but in my opinion that's what saved this book. Anytime I felt like the story wasn't moving fast enough (I usually only felt this when the chapter was in Jim Grants voice) it was rescued by another characters point of view. My best advice is to stick it out and FINISH the book. The story comes together beautifully and you'll forget about al ...more
I picked this up because I had originally wanted to see the movie, and didn't realize it had been a book first. I was intrigued by the format - the entire book is told in emails, so you hear the story laid out by different people and their viewpoints. Although it starts out captivating, the book ends up becoming sort of long and drawn out, and I found myself just wanting it to get to the point. When the "big reveal" happens, its a little bit of a let down. It feels like so much of this book is m ...more
Brian Duncan
Great story with great Vietnam Era details but is a very slow and painful read because of the presentation.

I agree with other users' good points about the story but unfortunately also agree with other user's negative points about this story's structure as well.
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This book was very, very good. I desperately wanted to finish it so I could know what happened! Neil Gordon did a great job of concealing what happened while strategically sprinkling in little details that help you narrow down the possibilities throughout the story. Yet somehow, despite all this, The Company You Keep took me FOREVER to get into. It just didn't suck me in for some reason. Possibly it was the way it was written-- by multiple characters all telling bits of the big story to Isabel. ...more
the movie was extremely accurate to the book, but the book provides so much more depth and back story it was interesting even though I knew what was going to happen. This was so well written that it was a joy to read!
This is a flawed book--the writer does not have the skill to carry off all the different voices of the characters who take turns telling the story. But DAMN does he Get It when it comes to the movement and what matters.
Was hoping it would be better than it was for me. I think the movie in this case may be better even though I'm sure it will make changes. The book could have done with some editing. I've seen reviews that say it is a well written book; it is in that he knows how to give overlong commentaries with lots and lots of words-he them very well but there are too many. It made the book longer than it needed to be for the story it was trying to tell. It would have been a very interesting story if he could ...more
Xinyu J
I enjoyed this book tremendously, despite the multiple shifts in perspectives through the novel. I liked the plot twists, the characters, and mainly, the context the story is set in. It also made me so much more interested to find out about the anti-war movement in US during the Vietnam war.

It was a worthy read and I think the novel achieves a very fine balance between the main thriller-based plotline and the elaboration of the context.

I get it. Everyone with a deadbeat father would love to believe there was a good bloody excuse for why he abandoned you. Are you willing to read this entire book to work out your daddy issues in a fantastical americana hippie matrix?

Not me.
a book written as a series of emails, even impossibly long ones, somehow works. It's a good tight thriller, and he gets it right on what young people in the late 60s looked like (I was there and I can remember). At least one implausibility in the plot doesn't really matter. Those things anyway have a habit of being true. I liked this book quite a lot. I got it because I saw the film with Robert Redford, which was dull by comparison - it left the interesting parts out, and the plot twist is obvio ...more
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