Artists. Many complex dynamics are at play in Hanif Kureishi’s novel titled, The Last Word. A young writer has been selected to write a biography of a writer in his seventies. The publisher who set this in motion wants to stimulate sales of the older writer’s backlist. The relationship between the two writers provides tension and wit as young Harry and old Mamoon circle each other as artists and try to exploit the situation for themselves. I enjoyed Kureishi’s prose, but my patience was often close to its limit as I read on not observing much character development. Read a sample before you plunge into this novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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