On the Edge

On the Edge

A Novel

Book - 2014
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FROM THE MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THE PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS

Called "the most brilliant novelist of his generation" (Alan Hollinghurst), Edward St. Aubyn captivated and astonished readers and critics alike with his mesmerizing quintet, the Patrick Melrose novels. Its publication introduced one of the most complex and fascinating protagonists in modern fiction.

Now being published for the first time in America, On the Edge is an uproarious and sharply rendered satire of the New Age, which shows St. Aubyn at his finest.

Peter Thorpe is disillusioned with his conventional life as a merchant banker until he meets Sabine, the most enchanting and enigmatic woman he's ever encountered. His desire for her reaches such a pitch that he overturns his whole life, leaving everything behind to follow her into the stronghold of the New Age movement among the stunning peaks and valleys of Big Sur, California. There he meets an eccentric cast of spiritual seekers, joining them in pursuit of that elusive something (happiness?), which he never before dared to imagine possible.

Publisher: New York : Picador, c2014
ISBN: 9781250046017
Branch Call Number: STAUB
Characteristics: 260 pages

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csut2
Mar 21, 2015

chronical acrobatic and sly send-up of California New Age types

wsj Nov. 16,2014

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marsiamarsia
Feb 05, 2015

Readers who are annoyed by a novel full of "flaky characters" should not bother to read books by the brilliant Edward St. Aubyn. Annoying characters are the usual hallmarks of what's known in literature as SATIRE. But for any reader who has known real people who are (or were) "into" New Age self-help, it's clear that flaky-ness is the name of the game.

St. Aubyn's understated yet pungent spoof of California's improvement seminars and the people who attend them would be an insult to the home of Hollywood if the satire weren't so recognizably true. In fact, the author seems to know that world so intimately that this reader (and fan) can't help thinking he must have attended more than one workshop at Esalen Institute.

Peter, the protagonist, is an Englishman, like his author, and a skeptic who learns a thing or two about his own humanity and spirituality, despite his skirt-chasing ulterior motives––a serious surprise for Peter and all of us satire-loving readers.

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ninigirl
Feb 03, 2015

It's OK... A little on the annoying side with all the flaky characters.

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