At Last is the fifth and final instalment of Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels, adapted for TV for Sky Atlantic and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as aristocratic addict, Patrick.
As friends, relatives and foes trickle in to pay their final respects to his mother Eleanor, Patrick Melrose finds himself questioning whether a life without parents wi...more
The end of At Last has its tedious moments, but they are tedious for being moments of honestly expr ...more
One wouldn't think such a choice would be sustainable non-stop but it all works immeasurably well. It also serves the argument that, although both parents were shown to be monstrous, mom seems to bear the bulk of the r ...more
But what a quietly wonderful ending! Orphaned at last, separated from his wife, Patrick finally opens himself to the possibility of healing: 'he suddenly wanted to see his chil ...more
Edward StAubyn has been one of my favourite authors since Never Mind, his first book which won the Betty Trask Award – the prize for under-35 years olds. St Aubyn is now into his fifties and I’m in my…let’s not go there. So as I’ve grown up and the novel was followed by sequels, all of which won literary respect and acclaim, Patrick Melrose, the erudite, dry, damaged and damaging’s central character, has grown up with me. Grown up, or just moved through time? This last novel of ...more
I was so glad to find this compulsively readable as I had the first three Patrick Melrose books. I gave up on Mother's Milk somewhere in the first or second chapter: being presented wi ...more
I have to say that while the first three Melrose novels are unquestionably among the best books I've read in years, I wasn't so crazy about the last two. The repetitive analytic musings just get to be a bit much, and the wise little moppets dispensing adorable yogi-like aphorisms just go way too far in sugaring up the acrid ...more
So veteran readers ...more
I hardly know where to start. I loved the five Patrick Melrose books that much. But perhaps I should just write down what I've been saying over the past month to anyone who will listen to me...
Edward St. Aubyn is a British writer who has published five books as part of the "Patrick Melrose series" over the past 22 years. He initially envisioned the series as a trilogy, and he published the first three books between 1992 and 1994. The fourth book started out as an entirely different work, ...more
The final installment centres around the funeral of Patrick's mother, Eleanor, and the following wake/party. It is possible to read At Last as a single volume, but without the layers added by the previous four books, it would not be the complete experience.
The funeral offer a chance for Melrose to reflect on the events of the previous four novels, and an opp ...more
Oh, this has a plot. The plot is a rehash of his trilogy! We meet everyone in those books again, but he neve ...more
I will definitely think about it for time to come.
This is ...more
Eleanor, Patrick Melrose's negligent mother, has died and At Last takes place on the day of her funeral. We are reacquainted with many of the characters from previous books and we flit from their differing perspectives. The central question is will Eleanor's death finally set Patrick free? The denouement is more surprising and satisfying tha ...more
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His first novel, ‘Never Mind’ (1992) won the Betty Trask award. This no ...more