I can’t believe how Quinton has grown over the years of this trilogy. From an insecure boy to a well-assured man, he has carried us from the schooldays at Brakebills to making his own world. The other characters have grown, too, although I have my doubts about Eliot.
This was the most satisfying of the three novels in the trilogy. Grossman went from strength to strength describing his characters and their circumstances. He seems even more at home with adults than adolescents.
We see Quentin down and out and we see Quentin triumphant, with a strong sense of the price he has paid to get where he is. Everything has its cost—growing up most of all.