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Ancient Light

Banville, John (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother and inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization.
Authors: Banville, John
Title: Ancient light
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,23 cm.
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan Ltd., London, in 2012"--T.p. verso.
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Summary: An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother and inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization.
Awards & Distinctions: Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, 2012.
Local Note: 6 15 16 18 35 53 76 80 97 112 118 133 138 148 152 176 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 226 244 264
ISBN: 0307957055
9780307957054
Statement of Responsibility: John Banville
Subject Headings: Memory Fiction. Loss (Psychology) Fiction. Reminiscing in old age Fiction. Actors Fiction. Older men Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Memory
Loss (Psychology)
Reminiscing in old age
Actors
Older men
LCCN: 2012019891
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Jan 21, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I think Banville is a fabulous writer, but I'm not sure what he is trying to do with this novel. Lots of relationships, past and present, mothers and daughters and just a smidgen of his wife. He is very masculine. Overall I would say it is worth reading.

May 18, 2013
  • bibliofinn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The lyrical, jewel-like prose style and the poetic intensity of observation that are Banville's signature are here again. So too are many of the characters from his earlier novel, Shroud. What is new is the raw emotional charge. In his earlier novels, Banville often seemed to achieve stylistic perfection at the cost of archness and emotional detachment. Here he achieves some of the most moving moments in any novel I've read in the past year. It's good to see that he is still pushing himself at a time in his career when he could be coasting. He also makes a Hitchcock-like cameo in this book as the screenwriter JB (or at least I think he does). The self-portrait is amusing and again, unexpectedly moving.

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