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 60, 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 Him.Now, 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.

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
  • 10 July 2017
  • 9781784742140

10 thoughts on “The Executor

  1. says:

    This gently suspenseful novel is about a books editor for a London newspaper who s asked to be the literary executor for a poet friend who then dies suddenly Matt, the editor executor narrator, struggles to balance work and family life a wife and three kids , especially as he makes weekly visits to Robert Pope s widow to spend time organizing archival documents and looking for previously unpublished work The crisis comes when he discovers a whole cache of new poems, many of them sexually explicit and likely to embarrass his widow for their suggestion that Pope had many relationships outside of marriage But is it a mistake to assume they are autobiographical, even when they use the first person This is a clever treatment of art versus life and the creative legacy Morrison s writing reminded me of John Burnside s in Ashland Vine and Sarah Moss s in The Tidal Zone He also ably voices Pope s poems, including an appended set of 26 After reading this and And When Did You Last See Your Father earlier in the year, I d be willing to try Morrison s work in any genre.Favorite...

  2. says:

    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 lived on 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...

  3. says:

    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...

  4. says:

    A sharp, clever tale

  5. says:

    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...

  6. says:

    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.

  7. says:

    Poetry in e motion

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