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An Evening of Long Goodbyes: A Novel Paperback – September 13, 2005
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Unfortunately, Charles's idyllic lifestyle cannot last. Events conspire to push him out of Amaurot and into productive society, where he engages in activities--paying work, for example--that were previously unthinkable. Charles grows as a human being, developing empathy, for example, and he is eventually compelled to confront the imperfections of his childhood at Amaurot, which he had long glorified.
While Charles's development is interesting to watch, he becomes a less interesting character as he changes from a wry commentator on a society that is alien to him to a productive participant in that society. The book, too, loses charm as it moves from the farce of its early pages to the melodrama of Charles's post-Amaurot life.Read more ›
This is not that novel. Nor is it particularly Wodehousian in tone. It reads more like Chekhov trying to "do" Wodehouse but eventually giving up. The premise is amusing, and the plot is chock-full of odd twists and turns, but it is to the author's credit that he does not follow the well-worn path this set-up leads to. Influenced heavily by Chekhov (in fact the plot mirrors that of "The Cherry Orchard," and Chekhov is invoked by the characters themselves throughout the novel), this book explores serious themes such as our inability to truly know or understand even those closest to us; the nature of hero worship and the damage it does to both worshipper and worshipee; the sometimes dubious benefits of "progress"; and the (mostly literary) myths of the nobility of the poor and the family as haven, among others.Read more ›
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One of the best writers I've ever read. Skippy Dies is great, too. Both are well written and really funny.Published 3 months ago by Lisa Gronseth
If you want something really funny but completely inconsequential, this ain't it. This one gets quite serious and, in doing so, is satisfying. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Purist
Not as compelling as "Skippy Dies," I found myself really hating the main characters, but perhaps we are supposed to. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
I had previously read "Skippy Dies" and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reading this one. However, overall it was a little dissappointing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by kegraham
Clever, I laughed a lot. Light-hearted and a good read for those fresh-out-of-college folk. I enjoy Murray's writing style immensely.Published on October 3, 2013 by dude
"An Evening of Long Goodbyes" is that rare character-driven novel rich in wit and humor accompanied by periods of endearing poignancy and an engaging story line. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Wordsworth