9780375725296

Eclipse

ISBN 10: 0375725296 / 0-375-72529-6
ISBN 13: 9780375725296
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

With this latest novel, John Banville–who has forged a brilliant international reputation with such works as The Book of Evidence and The Untouchable–applies piercing reality to a ghost story to create a profoundly moving tale of a man confronting a life gone awry.

The renowned actor Alexander Cleave has had a breakdown on stage. To recover, he retreats to his boyhood home. Haunted when he lived there as a youth, the house still shelters spirits, and now there are two new lodgers in residence. Overcome by resonant memories that seem to rise up out of the house itself, Cleave is compelled to consider his ruined career, his failing marriage, and his poignant relationship with an estranged daughter destined for doom. Breathtaking, even hypnotic, Eclipse is a virtuoso performance by a writer in a league with Nabokov and DeLillo.


Review:

"As a study of self-absorption, ECLIPSE is psychologically acute, yet the narrator's inability to look beyond himself quickly becomes wearying. But Banville's prose is lovely, elegant without ever sliding into ostentation, and the pleasures it affords ultimately outweigh the novel's inherent difficulties (which are perhaps unavoidable, given the tale its author has chosen to tell)....[ECLIPSE] is odd, inward, circular and talky. It is also oddly rewarding, and finally its rewards outweigh its shortcomings."

Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post, 02/15/2001

Review:

"What is unusual--defiantly, and therefore perhaps gloriously so...--about Banville's fiction is the prose itself: poetic, sensuous, revelatory. He appears to be in love with writing, not ashamed of it, not afraid of overdoing it, not cool at all."

Gabriele Annan, Times Literary Supplement, 03/08/2001

 

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