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The Afterparty Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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"This is the well-written, intelligent satire on celebrity we've been waiting for" (Ben East Metro)
"Sardonic, sparkling, scathing" (Independent on Sunday)
"A topsy-turvy tour de force" (Olivia Laing New Statesman)
"The Afterparty is a blast: a pacy and amusing satire of celebrity shenanigans, wrapped in glittery postmodern sweetie-wrappers" (Sam Leith Observer)
About the Author
Leo Benedictus is an award-winning Guardian features writer. He was born in London in 1975, and studied English at Oxford University. In 1999, he was fired from his job in advertising. The Afterparty is his first novel.
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You will love The Afterparty if you interested in at least two of the following: The X Factor, Bret Easton Ellis, the literary scene, tabloid journalism, Heat magazine, ketamine, Michael Barrymore's private life, Celebrity Big Brother, Pete Doherty, supermodels, nervous breakdowns, our society's terrifying hurtle towards moral and spiritual oblivion, Rebekah Wade and human-canine sex.
That's just about everybody then.
Co-Author of Killing Cupid
The book for the most part is entertaining; and those who are interested in celebrity culture will find it enjoyable. There is a twist towards the end although I think most people will spot it (at least in part). The story develops at quite a nice pace but the conclusion is a bit of a let down.
At one point this book is described as hyperfiction, and it's a telling apercu. As well as the written novel we are treated to the emails between Valerie Morrell a publisher's agent, and William Mendez, who is evading all face-to-face meetings. There is mention of a `real person' whose life seems to echo what happens on the roof, and the doubt is cleverly sown that the motive for publication has changed, or perhaps was never just a plea for publication. This element is never properly resolved as Michael involves himself in the aftermath of the afterparty, and the wrecked ship of Hugo Mark's marriage. It is very clever. It is also heartless, peopled by representative stereotypes, and a taint of popular culture at its basest and most repellant. It's also funny and sad with an ending that neatly sews up all the terrors that have gone before. Enjoyable in the sense that one can hardly bear to look at certain points. To be read between the fingers, accompanied by a moderate sense of dubiety.
'The Afterparty' opens with an email from William Mendez to Valerie Morrell, a literary agent, enclosing the first chapter of his book 'Publicity'. Then we read the first chapter of the novel. 'Publicity' opens at an 'A' list celebrity party where fictional characters mingle with real life celebs. 'Afterpary' continues in this way with each chapter being punctuated with email correspondence which highlights the writing process of 'Publicity' including the changing of character names, formatting of text etc. The fictional aspect of 'Publicity' is therefore highlighted while the reader is encouraged to read the email correspondence as 'real life'. Then something happens at the afterparty (within 'Publicity') that changes everything.
Mendez is loath to provide a synopsis of his book for Morrell as he wants her to read the story as it develops and he definitely does not want her to know how it ends. He even wants to write the 'blurb' himself as he believes that far too often this gives away too much information. Therefore I have to bow to the 'authors' wishes and leave readers to 'discover' this novel for themselves.
It is a novel within a novel, a thriller that kept me reading as I wondered what twist in the plot was coming next, whether my suspicions of what was going on were justified. Definitely one of those books you should read before too many people start talking about it - and they will. In conclusion, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a novel.