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by Edward St.Aubyn

  • ISBN: 0330458051
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Edward St.Aubyn
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: mbr lit lrf txt
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador (2008)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • FB2 size: 1866 kb
  • EPUB size: 1773 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 816
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A clue to the exit, . A Clue to the Exit, . The author and publisher have provided this e-book to you for your personal use only. I want to thank Francis Wyndham whose subtlety, sympathy and rigour make him the reader every writer is looking for.

I don’t want any pills, shots, consoling books, or chats with chaplains. I just need enough money to see me out. This house I bought near St Tropez is expensive to keep up. It’s a pink house with white gates.

I want to thank Francis Wyndham whose subtlety, sympathy and rigour make him the reader every writer is looking for. A clue to the exit. Clearly you move still in the human maze - but I like to think of you there; may it be long before you find the clue to the exit. I don’t want any pills, shots, consoling books, or chats with chaplains. At the front there are two palm trees, floodlit, so the burglars don’t fall flat on their faces.

Edward St Aubyn (born 14 January 1960) is an English author and journalist noted for his l Patrick Melrose novels. He is the author of eight novels. In 2006, Mother's Milk was nominated for the Booker Prize

Edward St Aubyn (born 14 January 1960) is an English author and journalist noted for his l Patrick Melrose novels. In 2006, Mother's Milk was nominated for the Booker Prize. Edward St Aubyn was born in London into an upper-class family, the son of Roger Geoffrey St Aubyn (1906–1985), a former soldier and a surgeon, and his second wife, Lorna Mackintosh (1929–2005)

Three passengers discuss life’s meaning in a novel within Edward St. Aubyn’s novel about a dying .

Three passengers discuss life’s meaning in a novel within Edward St. Aubyn’s novel about a dying screenwriter. This being England, the train naturally breaks down in the dreary town of Didcot, but that only encourages Charlie’s characters to ponder in triangulated fashion the mysteries of consciousness and their maddening place within it.

Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life.

A beautifully modulated novel that shows Edward St. Aubyn at his sparkling best. Charlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband, and absent father, has been given six months to live. He resolves to stake half his fortune on a couple of turns of the roulette wheel and, to his agent's disgust, to write a novel-about death. In the casino he meets his muse. Charlie grows as addicted to writing fiction as she is to gambling. Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life.

The linguists tell us that after black and white the first stain of colour in every lexicon is red. Once light and dark have been distinguished what’s fundamental is blood and fire. henry james to hugh walpole, 14 august 1912. The linguists tell us that after black and white the first stain of colour in every lexicon is red.

St Aubyn lends Charlie his characters from his own back catalogue: Patrick from the trilogy of abuse and addiction among the aristocracy that made his name, and Jean-Paul and Crystal from his last novel, On the Edge. This swirl of satire and sincerity has become St Aubyn's speciality, but here the constant conflict between the grand gesture and the subversive side swipe has a jarring effect.

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A beautifully modulated novel that shows Edward St. Aubyn at his . Praise for A Clue to the Exit. Aubyn at his sparkling bestCharlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband, and absent father, has. St. Aubyn delivers memorable characters, dark humor, and sublime writing in this stand-alone effort. One of the great comic writers of our time. Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation.

A beautifully modulated novel that shows Edward St. Aubyn at his sparkling best

Charlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband, and absent father, has been given six months to live. He resolves to stake half his fortune on a couple of turns of the roulette wheel and, to his agent's disgust, to write a novel-about death. In the casino he meets his muse. Charlie grows as addicted to writing fiction as she is to gambling.

His novel is set on a train and involves a group of characters (familiar to readers of St. Aubyn's earlier work) who are locked in a debate about the nature of consciousness. As this train gets stuck at Didcot, and Charlie gets more passionately entangled with the dangerous Angelique, A Clue to the Exit comes to its startling climax. Exquisitely crafted, witty, and thoughtful, Edward St. Aubyn's dazzling novel probes the very heart of being.


Reviews about A Clue to the Exit (7):
Moronydit
St Aubyn's style is so spectacular I was quite taken at the beginning. Crystal clear, original, witty, erudite in an apposite way. Then I find the main character's reaction to his situation--a terminal diagnosis--becomes increasingly implausible. The love interest, if you can call her that, is so unlikely in every way, I try to imagine what she is a symbol or representative of, and can't. His wife hardly appears, His agent is a cliche Hollywood Jewish macher, kind of funny but we've seen him before many times, and funnier. So the spectacular, enviable style ends up not doing anything. No characters, no insight into the main character's condition, not really any satire either, though Aubyn has been compared to Waugh. Some of this is funny but not funny enough to fill the vacuum. A comedy about a man with a terminal diagnosis could be a tour de force, but this one does not come off. You must read a page or two, at least the opening, for the style, though.
Andronrad
I am an unabashed fan. But I'd be even more enthusiastic if we were allowed to read St.Aubyn as he was published: this novel carries a 2000 copyright. Nonetheless, even though it lacks the unity and dash of his later pieces, this is a good read. Not trippingly off the tongue,though. It must have been hard work and it shows. We're presented with a screenwriter given only 6 months to live. A writer writes. So does our hero. Constantly, in two threads:one in theory true life, the other a novel. Alas,neither amounts to a great deal. The wit and wickedness are there, although the targets are too elephantine to tickle us, too easy. The sex is sensational, however, and worth the price of admission alone. And amid the second novel,a philosophic treatise on everything you thought would never matter to you, you find yourself immersed and actually learning. The passages set at sea or in nature are phenomenally gorgeous. Do we care about our hero, his unseen daughter, his wives? His earlier success? Not very much. Without the St.Aubyn quality of prose, we might just pass this one. But we can't. He's going to erupt sometime with work that will rocket him to the apex of his contemporary class, and we'll want to be there.

John Neufeld, author of
Lisa,Bright and Dark (Kindle-d) and Edgar Allan (also Kindled.)
Blacknight
Well, just not up to snuff. Not the story, not the writing. Of course, having read all the Melrose novels, the bar is pretty high - and so it still gets three stars.

The musings of someone who thinks he is dying soon, and the embedded last novel which he wishes to write, just couldn't carry my interest. I sincerely hope that St. Aubyn goes back to what he does best, and writes something worthy of his time and effort!
Gravelblade
There is absolutely brilliant writing in this novel. There are brilliant ideas in this novel. And there are passages I needed to reread, and still couldn't make sense of. So I will read the Patrick Melrose novels to decide. But I suspect St. Auburn will be one of my all time favorite authors.
Uickabrod
Ironically, "A Clue to the Exit" is missing exactly that. This meandering novel is lacking a clue about how to end itself (it simply runs out of pages as a car might run out of gas), and so the entire experience becomes quite pointless. There are occasional brilliant sentences, experience keenly observed, but the hors d'oeuvres can't save the meal.
Tcaruieb
If you haven’t read any of St.Aubyn’s work, try the Patrick Melrose novels first. You will immediately read the other novels. See Zadie Smith’s piece on him in her latest collection.
Zbr
Short but surprisingly bloodless story of a dying man's search for the passion and inspiration for a perfect novel. The man can write, but this feels like an intellectual exercise. He didn't open a vein for this one.
Not sure about the huge appeal of the book. I heard St. Aubyn interviewed and he talked about the book - that is what inspired me to get it. His talk about it was more intriguing than the book.

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