Last Orders by Graham Swift

Last OrdersWhen Bernie, the landlord of the pub, rings a bell at the end of the evening, it signals “last orders,” the last time to order a drink. “Last orders” can also refer to the directions Jack has left for the disposal of his remains. And I like to modify the words and think that “last ordering” could mean what the characters in the story do as they grow old – come to terms with their past, make amends, accept what they’ve made of their lives, or even turn a corner. Sex has tangled many of their relationships, but now they are brought together by death. There are no stunning revelations here, just people struggling to find forgiveness and closure. I did find the multiple viewpoints confusing, but this is a lovely, feeling book.

Reviewed by sarav


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