Book Review of Last Orders

Last Orders
Last Orders
Author: Graham Swift
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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UNABRIDGED, 8.5 hours on 6 cassettes


From the back cover:

"In a London pub called The Coach And Horses, four men gather. Most of them have been freinds for half a lifetime, having fought in the same war, drunk in the same pubs, and bet on the same horses. Now they have come together to deliver the ashes of a fifth man, Jack Dodds, to the sea. Their journey, which will take therm deep into their collective and individual pasts, lies at the center of Graham Swift's astonishingly moving novel of friendship, memory and fate."

"As Swift follows Ray, Vic, Lenny, and Vince on their errand - one whose solemnity is under cut by the participants' sheepishness and irrepressible humor - he braids their voices into a choir of secret sorrow and resentment, passion and regret. And what emerges is an elegy not only for Jack but for a vision of a changing England. Beautifully written, faithful to the rhythms of the human voice and the daily truths of human life and death, Last Orders is a triumph."

I haven't read the book, but I loved the movie based on this novel.