Ancient Light

Ancient Light

Large Print - 2013
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Is there any difference between memory and invention? The question haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first -- perhaps only -- love, and of his daughter lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that he can only fail to understand. When his dormant career is suddenly revived, Cleave's young leading lady unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see that chasm with aching clarity.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781410456403
Branch Call Number: FIC BANVILL 2013
Characteristics: 417 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jul 05, 2016

Absolutely beautiful

patienceandfortitude Jan 21, 2014

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

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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