Last Orders (Thorndike Large Print General Series)
Last Orders - Thorndike Large Print General Series Author:Graham Swift Last Orders is the story of four men once close to London butcher Jack Dodds, who meet to carry out his last wish: to have his ashes scattered into the sea. The men, whose lives revolve around work, family, the racetrack and their favourite pub, must make their way down to a seaside town to complete the task. Through conversation and memo... more »ry they trace the paths they have followed by choice and by accident; through the Second World War and its aftermath, through the dramas of family life, and their relationships with each other. In their brilliantly realized, richly nuanced voices, Swift has created a narrative language that perfectly expresses not only the comforts of old habits and friendships, but also the complexity and courage of ordinary lives.« less
Bought this book based on the cover and Amazon reviews. Before last month, I had never even heard of it. What a little gem! Swift makes great use of working class British dialect, and the character development is deep and perfectly paced. With each chapter, a little bit more is revealed, a layer is unraveled in the complex intertwining of these four friends/acquaintences (they are more deeply connected than previously thought, often through tragic or scandalous events). The action takes place over an afternoon, but the book covers 50 years. Got through it in a week. Great find, happy to keep it on my bookshelf.
Lori F. (loriann) reviewed Last Orders (Thorndike Large Print General Series) on
Helpful Score: 3
This book is a gentle meditation on a group of people and how their lives interact. The book is about 4 working-class men on their way to scatter one of their friend's ashes at sea. We learn about their pasts together, the ways they impacted one another's lives, their thoughts and feelings about life and death and love and family. It's set in Britain, and the language is of working-class British whose slang doesn't hide their very real emotions and struggles. I thought this book was wonderful, and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.