The Executor

The ExecutorWhat Matters Most Marriage Or Friendship Fidelity Or Art The Wishes Of The Living Or The Talents Of The Dead Matt Holmes Finds Himself Considering These Questions Sooner Than He Thinks When His Friend, The Poet Robert Pope, Dies Unexpectedly Rob Had Invited Matt To Become His Literary Executor At Their Annual Boozy Lunch, Pointing Out That, At , He Was Likely To Be Around For Some Time Yet And Matt, Having Played Devotee And Apprentice To The Bow Tie Poet For So Long, Hadn T The Heart Or The Gumption To Deny HimNow, After A Frosty Welcome From His Widow, Matt Sits At Rob S Rosewood Desk And Ponders His Friend S Motives He Has Never Understood Rob S Conventional Life With Jill, Who Seems To Have No Interest In Her Late Husband S Work But He Soon Finds Himself In An Ethical Minefield, Making Shocking And Scabrous Discoveries That Overturn Everything He Thought He Knew About His Friend As Jill Gets To Work In The Back Garden, Matt Is Forced To Weigh Up The Merits Of Art And Truth Should He Conceal What He Has Found Or Share It After All, It S Not Just Rob S Reputation That Could Be Transformed Forever Bestselling Novelist And Poet Blake Morrison Creates A Biting Portrait Of Competitive Male Friendship, Sexual Obsession And The Fragile Transactions Of Married Life The Executor Innovatively Interweaves Poetry And Prose To Form A Gripping Literary Detective Story It would be really good to have half star options because this book was not quite a four star one but was better than just three The premise is a journalist becoming an executor for his poet friend s literary estate In the course of going through his friend s work, he realises he didn t know his friend as well as he thought he did The question arises as to whether unpublished works should be published or not between Matt and the widow of his friend I found the story intriguing at times but sometimes it doesn t live up to the tension that has built up One scene in particular does this and I am left wondering why it had the build up it did The other aspect of the book that I found difficult is the transition between present and past It just doesn t flow very well, especially in the earlier chapters There were also a couple scenes added into he mix that seemed rather pointless to the story in the end All that said I found the examination of the ethics of publishing work of an artist posthumously quite moving and could understand the different views of the characters well The characters were all worth knowing and trying to understand. Blake Morrison s books have an unusual effect on me I either like them enormously or detest them thoroughly I divide them as follows.Shit As If, Things My Mother Never Told Me, South of the River, Too True, Selected PoemsHit Shingle Street, And When Did You Last See Your Father , The Last Weekend.Looking back, I can t help noting how Morrison s characters are nearly always hangers on to other people s lives and successes The narrator is a journalist and an old friend of Robert Pope, a cheerless poet of high reputation past his peak and only too aware of it The hero is asked to become Pope s executor, Pope duly snuffs it much musing follows The narrator asks himself a lot of questions, perhaps in the belief that quantity equals profundity A nod to the controversy after the death of Philip Larkin is made, plainly the basis for the novel.As with Larkin, a sheaf of previously unseen poems duly reprinted in an appendix section casts new light on a seemingly dull life The stick in the mud is revealed as a Casanova with an occasional taste for euthanasia Some of the poems I rather enjoyed Morph , Thanatos , Outsider , X Rated They aren t essential to the plot, however this isn t Pale Fire.The novel tells you a lot about how a book page gets put together, and what s become of them The best parts, by far, are about having a family and raising kids No one I know of has written about having small children withfidelity than Morrison The book s flaws are too many, alas Chapter four sags like a bear in a hammock Morrison has the veteran writer s vice of having too much to say and trying to say it all at once My heart lurched a little when I saw her, but I smiled, in a no hard feelings, business as usual kind of way, which seemed to work, because we went for coffee after class, and talked someabout the text we d been discussing, a D.H Lawrence story that I liked and she didn t, her objections to it being I couldn t help but feelthan a little predictable, focusing as they did on Lawrence himself, or a received feminist caricature of him, rather than the text You can almost hear the army from Monty Python yellingGerron with it. Skip this and get The Last Weekend instead. A sharp, clever tale Just fantastic It proves novels can be of any form if we have the courage to write and read them I absolutely loved this A must read. When a poet dies and leaves behind unpublished, disturbing work and seems to have hidden it how is it to be interpreted And who gets to decide whether to publish or not the widow or the literary executor An interesting plot idea, and an okay but not brilliant novel. Poetry in e motion A journalist who considers himself the epitome of mediocrity is asked to fulfil the position of literary executor by his older friend, a successful albeit waning poet, in the event of the latter s death He accepts without thinking much about it, assuming Rob has decades left, only for him to unexpectedly pass away months later When Matt starts digging through Rob s papers, he discovers unpublished work that casts his friend in a new, unflattering light What begins as a story about one s literary legacy and whether it matters to have livedon the page or, well, in life, actually turns out to be largely about infidelity, both emotional and physical The Executor is really good, but was emotionally difficult for me at the time I read it I hated the poems for this reason It s a beautifully and elegantly written story about horrible characters horrible in the banal way everyone is, which can be perhaps always is harder to read about than outright villainy I felt throughout like I was in the shoes, in the skin, of every person getting hurt, especially the women While the psychological authenticity is impressive, this is a book to be avoided if you re feeling vulnerable And yes, I know this is not much of a review , but it s about all I can bring myself to write about this TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr

Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and educated at Nottingham University, McMaster University and University College, London After working for the Times Literary Supplement, he went on to become literary editor of both The Observer and the Independent on Sunday before becoming a full time writer in 1995.A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and former Chair of the Poetry Book S

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • The Executor
  • Blake Morrison
  • English
  • 20 October 2018
  • 9781784742140

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