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Farewell Olympus

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Howard has it all – love, Paris, prospects – until an unexpected guest plunges him into mystery and farce

When a patron of the arts named Serge loans him a luxurious penthouse apartment in central Paris, Howard can’t believe his luck. Then, disaster strikes, in the shape of Eugene, Howard’s half-brother and personal nemesis, who sows chaos and discord wherever he goes.

Kindle Edition, #KindlePaperwhite Giveaway code inside, 310 pages
Published June 17th 2018 by Greyhound Press
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Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Farewell Olympus is the tale of two opposites who definitely don’t attract. Buried family resentments quickly resurface when Eugene arrives uninvited at Howard’s smart Parisian apartment with a worryingly large number of bags and the paranoid air of a man with something to hide. Is he harbouring a terrible secret? Or is his furtive behaviour another elaborate ploy to subvert Howard’s literary and romantic ambitions?

Jack Messenger’s novel skilfully uses the literary device of the doppelganger or
Ally D
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first tantalising paragraph of this novel sets the scene for its interwoven themes of assumed identities, variable interpretations of appearances versus reality, and the written word versus reality. Authors' motivation for writing, and publishers' motivation for publishing (publishers get a bad press - pun intended) are robustly challenged.  Tropes of the espionage novel are given short shrift - a character who claims to find himself 'employed in a semi-official capacity' is met with much ey ...more
Ginger Bensman
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
Acerbic, Clever, and Highly Original.

Howard’s half brother, Eugene, arrives on his doorstep uninvited and at a decidedly inconvenient time, and proceeds to upend Howard’s tidy well-regulated life with his incessant demands, careless debauched habits, and unfortunate associations. As if that weren’t vexing enough, Eugene is on the run from some mysterious and dangerous thugs and, it turns out, is desperate for a place to hide. It’s not long before Howard, (against his will and better judgement),
Bruno Noble
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of Farewell Olympus in exchange for an honest review. Interrupted in my first reading of it I had to re-read it to do it justice and I was delighted to.

I found its opening paragraph utterly seductive and what followed did not disappoint. “I once played volleyball with the archbishop of Barcelona. He was fast around the court and had a useful serve. Attired in clerical garb and sporting a long dark beard that waved in the wind, he looked like somebody impersonating himself.
Andrea Lechner-Becker
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Howard, a down-on-his-luck wimp, is an endearing, but also frustrating main character. He's a nice guy, a struggling writer, definitely NOT a ladies man and his brother, oy, the brother... half-brother... Eugene, he's a real piece of work.

The story starts with Eugene dropping back into Howard's life after a long estrangement. They share a father than neither like. Eugene has come to seek refuge with Howard after getting into some sort of trouble, which is revealed throughout the book. Simultane
Nancy Lee
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and devoured it during what turned into a really relaxing and feel good day.
The farcical nature of the plot was extended so cleverly by the author through the sympathetic and insightful characterisations. The fact that one had not been in such situations did not mean that it wasn’t totally possible to relate to and empathise with the universal experience of chaos and not being fully in control of what is going on around you. Often a consequence in no small part of yo
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Jack Messenger is the author of several novels: Farewell Olympus , Take the Late Train , and Noah's Arc . After living in deepest France for eight years, he exchanged self-sufficiency in fruit and veg for a life of glamour and greyhounds in Nottingham, UK, and is thus more than qualified to write about culture shock and miscommunication. A life-long reader and writer, and a successful author of ...more
“I always feel apprehensive when someone reads my work for the first time. Most writers are probably the same, with a desperate need to be liked – preferably expressed as lavish praise and uncritical admiration.” 1 likes
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