- File Size: 395 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (May 8, 2010)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TXS1FQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is quite a book. Grounded in the specific details (music/Internet/TV/college bar drinks) of kids who graduated quite recently, this book also captures the sense of life that is only too typical of all college kids across the generations. Spare and swift, the book covers an entire year, or academic year, of several characters, each of whom is effectively drawn and presents a distinct point of view. Events and actions create pathos and insight into these characters and their issues as they prepare to graduate. I applaud the author's restraint in not allowing his characters to indulge themselves in extended analysis of their lives or their feelings. College kids can be painfully self conscious, but that doesn't mean we need to hear about it. The situations speak for themselves and the results are sympathetic and involving.
I found all of the characters to be complex and identified with each to some degree, but my two favorites are the main ones, Mike and Brian. I can't decide which I like better, I mean, as a person. Both are alternately well intentioned and completely assholish, though for very different reasons. Perhaps Mike is more of a good guy, but Brian has moments of brilliance too. Depicting two characters who are close friends and so superficially similar, but inwardly opposite, is a substantial accomplishment and just one of the ways this book pleasantly surprised me.
One other note: there are a fair number of sexual situations described in the book, so it might not be ideal for younger young people. Also, the older relative who initially told me about the book at the wedding was somewhat scandalized by these scenes. Still, I did not find the sexual descriptions to be gratuitous or excessive. Instead I found the sex writing to be consistent with the rest of the book, restrained and well oriented to advancing the plot and developing the characters who form the heart of the novel. When these characters hook up, they can't held revealing how hopeful and decent (or not) they really are, and these revelations justify these scenes, at least to my mind.
This book made me long for my college days, not so much the days as they actually occurred, but more the days as I wish I had lived them. The Last of Last Call evoked a kind of a "if I knew then" type of feeling. I felt this way despite having graduated at least fifteen years before the author of this book. So, regardless of how recently or long ago you might have graduated college, if you would like to revisit your own college days through the prism of an idealized (in some respects) version of them, then give this book a read. I'm glad I did.