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The Last of Philip Banter

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Philip, an adman with contemporary problems, discovers a manuscript which mixes the past with the future. Much to his horror, the future part begins to come true.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 5th 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1947)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jun 25, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was ok

I like Bardin's The Deadly Percheron, for in it the dream elements of classic noir are intensified by an impossibly surrealistic plot, a plot brought to a believable—if complicated—resolution by a hero we have grown to respect. The classic noir elements are in Philip Banter too—the nightmare, the hallucination, the fragmentation of time, rivers of alcohol, the psychologically perverse and its inevitable Freudian interpretation—but the plot is not audacious, the characters are not likable, and th
John Franklin Bardin fue un gran desconocido, incluido en su país de origen, Estados Unidos. Su obra destaca por unos argumentos aparentemente sencillos, marcados sobre todo por temas psicológicos. En su obra se pueden encontrar policías cínicos, mujeres fatales, seres deformes, intelectuales neuróticos, etc. Sus novelas, escritas a finales de los años 40 del pasado siglo, recién terminada la Segunda Guerra Mundial, desarrollan lo psicológico, el psicoanálisis.

Sus obras más conocidas, y por las
Ericpegnam Pegnam
Oct 03, 2009 Ericpegnam Pegnam rated it really liked it
This may be the weakest of John Franklin Bardin's three classic novels but its fascinating nonetheless and may have the most remarkable sequence of any of his three novels. In it Phillip Banter drunken and panicked stumbles into a movie and begins to confuse his own story with the story of the crime melodrama he's watching, stumbles out of the theater more distressed than before only to have a chance encounter with a discharged soldier who maybe crazier than he is. It captures perfectly the mood ...more
Marta Català
Jul 02, 2014 Marta Català rated it liked it
Aunque me chirría un poco la historia de la Confesión y me parece algo rebuscada, la verdad es que es un libro interesante y a veces fascinante (me encanta la escena del cine, cuando Philip está en plena crisis neurótica). J.F Bardin explora el proceso de volverse o creerse loco y perfila una galería de personajes muy interesantes (me quedo con Brent y Dorothy), involucrados en un thriller de suspense hasta el final. La acción transcurre en unos pocos días y las relaciones entre los diferentes ...more
John Franklin Bardin's writing style reminds me a lot of Fredric Brown's--the unreliable narrator in somewhat bizarre circumstances. This one is about an alcoholic ad man who shows up at the office hungover one day, not able to remember what happened the night before, only to find a confession that he supposedly had written on his desk.

Interesting premise, but Bardin doesn't pull it off. All the characters are equally unappealing and by the end you don't give a damn whether Philip Banter wrote h
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, new-york, 1940s
Part of trilogy of strange thrillers set in New York in the 1940s. Fascinating but I can't say I really enjoyed reading them. The other 2 books in the trilogy that I read were "The Deadly Percheron" and "Devil Take the Blue-Tail-Fly" which was the most bizarre of the lot - about a musician coming our of a mental institution and returning to her husband.
M.R. Dowsing
Aug 27, 2014 M.R. Dowsing rated it really liked it
A second highly intriguing psychological what-the-hell-is-going-on thriller from JFB. A couple of the characters from 'The Deadly Percheron' make a reappearance and, as in that book, the author mucks it up at the end by allowing things to get far too melodramatic.
Mar 02, 2010 Jesse rated it really liked it
My favorite novel so far from the eminently quotable Bardin.

"As he entered his own living-room he was still existing partly in the emotional context of his youth" (63)
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A taut story that offers plentiful suspense right till the end... a classic of the genre.
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John Franklin Bardin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 30, 1916. During his teens, he lost nearly all his immediate family to various ailments. As he approached thirty, he moved to New York City where during his adulthood he was an executive of an advertising agency, published ten novels and taught creative writing as well as advertising at the NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH.

In 1946, Bardin
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“Although the frightful is, perhaps rightly, conjoined in our minds with the darkly coloured, the harshly dissonant - with bludgeon blows and the odours of decay - the most terrible experiences are often bereft of these properties of melodrama.” 1 likes
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