“"One of the hardest things about being alive is being with other people" Michael Engleby.
This book is a masterful re-working of Dr, Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Engleby is a loner, a singularly non-happy person. He doesn't really seem to know what happiness is. He has an unhappy childhood, filled with abuse heaped on him by his father, his school mates and via the neglect of non-caring adults. His foray into the transitional world of college leaves him faring not much better--he self medicates with drugs; marijuana, hashish, and various pharmaceuticals all washed down with copious amounts of alcohol.
Engleby describes his rages and panic attacks and hints that he has problems with recalling what really happened at such times. He has serious detachment issues with everyone in his world it seems--his family, acquaintances and coworkers--even his girlfriend. When a collge "friend" disappears, the vanishing remains a mystery for many years. Until a body is found and Engleby remembers something.
This book was fascinating, becasue it is told entirely from his point of view--except for the interjected passages from the missing girl's diary, which he has stolen, and a doctor's repost and one friend's take on who Engleby may really be. I loved the ending and found it to be quite poignant. I highly recommend this book. ”
Kiki68 wrote this review Tuesday, December 4, 2007.