The Last Enchantments is a powerfully moving and lyrically written novel. A young American embarks on a year at Oxford and has an impassioned affair that will change his life forever After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he's poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he's been in love with for the last four years. Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he's always known, but he's soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he's least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself. For readers who made a classic of Richard Yates's A Good School, Charles Finch's The Last Enchantments is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century.
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by Paul Finch
by Charles Dickens
by Charles Todd
by Charles Martin
by Charles Wheelan
by Charles Stross
by Charles Yu
"This coming-of-age drama features the gifted narrator Luke Daniels bringing to life Will Baker and a cast of brilliant and strange young people who breathe the rarefied air of Oxford University. Daniels depicts BakerÕs struggle to find himself with earnestness and creates empathy in the listener for WillÕs complicated history. Listeners will feel like they know these characters as Daniels guides them through their maturation. Characters like Anil and Tom are portrayed with knowing and clarity, and Daniels adds subtle changes to his delivery as the group becomes closer and shares their personal struggles. Daniels is best as the relationship between Will and Sophie plays out to its emotionally satisfying end. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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