Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2019)
From Bermondsey to Margate: A British post-war ontological journey in graham Swift’s Last Orders to find new orders
Author(s): Bizhan Hekmatshoar Tabari, Bamshad Hekmatshoar Tabari
Abstract: Graham Swift’s 1996 novel Last Orders has been a set text on the English literature syllabi in British schools since it was published. It is in fact, one of the most outstanding post-war British novels and many studies up to now have been done in case of its thematic significances as well as the post-modern techniques or strategies adopted by the novelist. Yet, a reader must not ignore that one of Swift’s main purposes in writing such a novel in such a manner has been to represent the different post- war British generations, the existing conflicts they face in life, their search for the meaning of being and the existing barriers blocking their way for achieving a new life perspective. To be more specific, the present article intends to focus on how Graham Swift is to depict the ontological symbolic journey of the different characters in this novel – Ray, Lenny, Vic, and Vince– as they are affected by the death of a friend Jack Dodds and are on a detour from Bermondsey to Margate to fulfill his will, that is spreading his ashes at the ocean in Margate.