Last Seen by Matt CohenLast Seen by Matt Cohen

Last Seen

byMatt CohenNarrated byR.H. Thomson

Audio Book (Cassette) | May 1, 2001

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Last Seen, Matt Cohen's second-to-last novel, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Trillium Award. This audiobook edition, narrated by R.H. Thompson, is a darkly comic story of two brothers and a woman who brings them both back to life. Harold, the older brother, is handsome and charming but dying of cancer. Alex is bookish and a scholar in Europe. With Francine, a nurse they both once loved, Alec cares for Harold until he dies. One day, Alec goes into a bar full of Elvis impersonators and there meets Francine — and Harold. Why has Harold come back from the dead? Last Seen demonstrates that it takes more than death to untie the knot between two brothers.
Matt Cohen was born in Kingston, Ontario. He received his master's degree from the University of Toronto and taught political philosophy at McMaster University. Between 1969 and 1999, he published more than 20 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and two children's books. He has won the Governor General's Award for Fiction, ...
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Title:Last SeenFormat:Audio Book (Cassette)Dimensions:1 pages, 5.48 × 4.21 × 0.66 inPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864923015

ISBN - 13:9780864923011

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Last Seen... Last Seen was certainly an emotive grab. It expresses grief, which is often handled in a dull, heavy way, in an oppositely optimistic and light mood that people in our society seldom reacts. This novel is a simple piece of work, yet establishes great emotional roots in the reader's mind. As I was flipping through the pages, the beautiful story touches my heart every single line. I was thrilled with the idea of Harold's reappearance after death. Matt Cohen has depicted the brotherhood and deep attachments of Alec and Harold in a casual manner, which I thought was very well done. Last Seen surely was a bittersweet, imaginative, and funny novel.
Date published: 2003-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unprepared Having read only one previous novel by Matt Cohen, Elizabeth and After, I was unprepared for the style of Last Seen. Nevertheless, the challenge came in trying to understand the complexity of Cohen behind his simplistic storytelling method. Very thought provoking!
Date published: 2001-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cohen Comes Through This is a truly beautiful and moving novel about a man's attempt to come to terms with the death of his brother. I've been reading Cohen since his first book in the 1960s (KORSONILOF) and have never been terribly impressed by him, but this one is the true blossoming of a real talent. When ghosts started to appear, I groaned inwardly, but Cohen has managed to pull off even that clumsy gimmick with sensitivity and insight. This is certainly not a perfect book, but for a unique and powerfully moving take on the grieving process, it is a resounding success. If, like me, you thought Cohen never fulfilled his promise before his recent death, LAST SEEN will reassure you that indeed he did. And if you've never read Cohen before, this is the only Cohen you'll need.
Date published: 2000-08-16

Editorial Reviews

"Moving and trenchantly funny . . . a kaleidoscopic study of the complications of brotherly love and family." — Maclean's