The Last Word

The Last Word

eBook - 2015
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"Mamoon Azam is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England--but now, in his early seventies, his reputation is fading, his book sales are nonexistent, and his flamboyant second wife's expensive habits are bleeding him dry. In an attempt to revitalize his career and reputation, Mamoon's publisher commissions Harry, an ambitious young writer, to pen the famous writer's biography. Honored and slightly intimidated, Harry promises himself that he will present an unbiased look at his literary hero--but Mamoon's publisher is after a more naked truth, a salacious tale of the author's life that will generate headlines. Meanwhile, Mamoon is less than cooperative. Vain, breathtakingly cynical, and cruelly manipulative, Mamoon turns out to have a hidden agenda of his own. Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word? The ensuing struggle for dominance raises questions of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth. A poignant and brilliantly entertaining book, THE LAST WORD is a tale of youthful exuberance, as hilarious as it is moving, and is Kureishi's most important work to date"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781476779225
1476779228
9781476779201
1476779201
9781476779218
147677921X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 03, 2015

Clever, sharp & witty.

manoush Feb 22, 2015

Mildly entertaining at the beginning but sags and loses focus by midpoint. The book reads like a screenplay rather than a novel, with too much dialogue and outlandish humor and not enough chracterization. Kureishi inserts some sentences about art and the mysteries of creativity, but they feel shallow and aren't enough to give the book an anchor. A great premise for a novel, especially since it bears much resemblance to renowned writer V.S. Naipaul's life, but ultimately slight and forgettable.

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