In Last Orders (1996), Graham Swift's sixth novel, a day of mourning develops into a cathartic ritual of remembrance that mingles duty with anger and eventually understanding. On April 2, 1990, four men embark on a car journey from Bermondsey, in South London, to Margate, in Kent, in order to honour, as the title implies, the final request of a dead man. Ray Johnson, Vic Tucker, Lenny Tate, three lower-middle-class small-business owners in their late sixties, and the middle-aged Vince Dodds, the deceased's adopted son, drive east to scatter the ashes of Jack Dodds, a master butcher. Jack's widow, Amy, is not with them; she makes another journey to their daughter, June, who was born severely retarded and has lived all her life in a…
Logotheti, Anastasia. "Last Orders". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2004; last revised 30 November -1.
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