December 23, 2012 |
A Possible Life A Novel in Five Parts Sebastian Faulks Henry Holt: 304 pp. $25 -- In the wake of bestselling, highly praised historical tales such as "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray," Sebastian Faulks has been hailed as one of those authors who straddles art and commerce -- which may be another way of saying he belongs to neither camp entirely. We should not be surprised, then, that his latest book, "A Possible Life," gravitates between poles of its own. At first blush, it is a collection of five longish short stories, self-containable, not obviously related, ranging in era from early 19th century France to futuristic Italy.
March 31, 2010
A Week in December A Novel Sebastian Faulks Doubleday: 392 pp., $27.95
March 31, 2010 |
The English writer Sebastian Faulks is one of those curious novelists whose predilection for well-told stories and popularity with readers often have seemed impediments to serious regard. That's a bit unfair because, with its knowing nods to Trollope, Dickens and Tom Wolfe, "A Week in December" -- his ninth work of full-length fiction -- is a formally ambitious, intelligently entertaining, rather provocative novel of contemporary manners. Moreover, while the story is deeply rooted in today's London, if you tweaked a couple of the characters slightly and adjusted some of the social style for local nuance, the author's essential points could just as aptly apply to Manhattan's Upper West Side or, for that matter, Brentwood Park.
May 28, 2008 |
James Bond was the 20th century's most famous spy and -- almost as certainly -- one of its best-known literary characters. Had he lived, 007's creator, Ian Fleming, would be 100 years old today.
September 28, 2007 |
LONDON -- Sebastian Faulks is comfortable in the past, and readers love him for it. It's the present that has eluded him. The British writer is best known for intelligent, stirring historical novels that have sold in the millions: the World War II Resistance saga "Charlotte Gray" and "Birdsong," a story of love and war set in the trenches of World War I. Faulks' latest novel, "Engleby," is a departure -- so much so that he offered to have it published under a pseudonym.
May 27, 2002 |
THE FATAL ENGLISHMAN Three Short Lives By Sebastian Faulks Vintage 314 pages; $14 * The three doomed and glamorous Englishmen who are the subjects of Sebastian Faulks' sparklingly written trio of biographies were fair-haired boys in every sense of the phrase: gifted, charming, filled with promise, but fated to early deaths. Christopher Wood set off for France in 1921 to become (as he hoped) the world's greatest painter.