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From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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May be last, but definitely not least... 16 octobre 2006
Par Z. Freeman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Patrick Keane is recounting the history of his life, but as he's doing this we realize that really it's the history of his life as it pertains to Will Savage, his best friend and roommate from prep school who went on to become a huge record producer. A bit of the present is thrown into the mix, I guess to remind us that this is, in fact, history, but 95% of the book takes place in the past. At first this is a little strange and you wonder when the REAL action is going to take place, but once you realize that the back story IS the story, it's quite enjoyable.

McInerney makes his way through the 60's, 70's, and 80's, interweaving real events with fictional ones and real characters with fictional characters. It's an exciting read, and the writing style is very much in character for Patrick Keane, the narrator. At times you feel like big vocabulary words are thrown in just to impress, and when Patrick does just that in a letter to Will, it solidifies the idea that Patrick Keane, the grown-up, is the one telling the story. Patrick recounts the life of Will Savage in relation to the Savage family history, almost like a modern-day telling of the life of a prince, asserting that we do still live in times where royal families exist, and lineage does matter, when we're talking about money.

It's a great read, and definitely worth the time.

This novel is the fourth I've read by Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City, Story of My Life, Ransom) and the first one that convinced me that he's actually a very talented writer. Ransom was a mediocre novel (at best), and both Bright Lights, Big City and Story of My Life were written in a meandering, almost intentionally pointless style. Last of the Savages has very well developed characters and tells an interesting story in a fairly complicated way.
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Engaging novel explores a nation divided 15 août 2002
Par Renee Thorpe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Tragic but always amusing tale of two friends, both divided and united by complex issues. Moves quickly, full of style and moments of brilliance. Probably one of the better novels about what it means to be hip, late sixties fashion.
McInerney has always liked creating parallel plots and metaphors in his writing; he does it best in this novel: Civil War, North and South, hip and square, gay and straight, black and white are explored in this very enjoyable if not exactly flawless novel.
McInerney is uneven in his conveyance of the language and taste of the hip, circa 60's and 70's: sometimes brilliant (descriptions of haute hippie home decor) sometimes bad (makes one character say "cut to the chase", a late 80's phrase, in the early 70's). But even when a character or some dialogue doesn't ring true, his writing certainly leads the reader into realms that do.
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Not What you would expect from Jay McInerney 23 mars 2000
Par Brendan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book does not have the feel of all of the other novels by Jay McInerney. This work deviates from all of his other efforts. It is not as comical as past works. Not too pretensious.
What I like the most about this novel though, is the contrevorsy it stirs over, the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination as well as other historical events which took place during the 30 year span of this novel. It seems there is a little hint at hidden "facts" in this work of "fiction".
A must read for sociologists and contrevorsy theorists, and oh yeah the disciples of McInerney. Be forewarned disciples, this is not the usual Jay.
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White Boy Problems 25 juin 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I really liked this book. The two characters remained interesting throughout and the story ended believabley. I've read two other books by the author which I enjoyed but this one is my favorite. The writing seems more mature. Yes, it's a little pedantic and I did have to go to the dictionary one in a while, but it didn't mar my enjoyment of the story.
The first sentence really grabs you and I was pleased that the rest of the book wasn't a letdown after that. Will and Patrick were dynamic characters and I appreciated the bond which formed between the two of them as one conforms to rebel and the other rebels to conform.
On the surface the book is really about "white boy" problems that anyone who makes less than $100,000.00 a year couldn't really care about. But then, this is what Mr. McInerney writes about so the reader should be pre-warned before shelling out his hard earned bucks for one of his books. Once you get past this obstacle, there really is some wonderful writing and character development.
I thought the end was especially good when Patrick and Will have their last conversation. I felt they both assumed as youths, that happiness in life required some type of affirmation which ultimately, they both found incorrect. It is the choices we consciously make that determine who we are and we determine the degree of our life's successes. Will and Patrick end up as who they are because of their choices, the only "divine intervention" in the story is the families into which they were born.
The only part of the book I found a little ridiculous was Will's post-prep school years when he's off discovering the world. In the last fifty years Somerset Maughm did that "Razor's Edge" thing better than anyone, that man's search for truth, yada, yada, yada. It's old and tired and these worldwide treks should really be edited into a sentence or two.
Overall, I'd recommend this book.
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The author of "bright Lights, Big City grows up... 20 novembre 1996
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families. At least that's one way pf explaining my unlikely fellowship with Will Savage."

Patrick Keane, a social have-not, meets his prep school roommate Will Savage, a budding revolutionary from a prominent Southern family, in the fall of 1965. They share a common goal -- to distance themselves as far as possible from their families -- but for opposite reasons.

Patrick is ashamed of his working-class roots and hand-me-down luggage, while Will shuns his patriarchal father's status and everything he represents. The two become friends, with Will taking on the role of teacher in the subjects of music, issues and civil unrest. Patrick is an eager pupil, but always with an eye out for social climbing opportunities.

Patrick is a holdover of the world in which money, power and status are the acknowledged goals; Will rides the wave of the new world which is reshaping itself. As the simpatico but different character are fleshed out in "The Last of the Savages," there's almost the feeling that Jay McInerney is showing us two side of the same coin at once. As he traces their unlikely friendship through four decades, neither man seems a whole person. Together, they almost merge into the balanced, grounded enlightenment that should have come to them individually.

As Patrick states it, "I too want to hear the gypsies play and the mermaids sing; I want to drink the magic tea and walk barefoot on the beach in Bali, watch the bronzed dancers dance for me. But I am not strong enough to invent a role for myself outside of convention."

When McInerney hit the scene with his first novel in 1984, he was heralded as the Golden Boy of the hip-lit crowd. But if you're looking for another 'Bright Lights, Big City,' look somewhere else.

'Savages' has little of the I'm-so-clever word-play and fast-paced glamour of his earlier novels. What it offers instead is a more complex sense of story structure, characterization and insight. And while he may not be enjoying the exuberance of his early fame, McInerney has grown into a genuine writer.
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