The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

Book - 2015
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Oliver Otway Orme, a semi-famous artist and petty thief, despairing of limits in his talents, flees when his latest theft is discovered and sequesters himself in his childhood home, where he struggles to understand how he reached his current state.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385354264
Branch Call Number: FIC BANVILL 2015
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 18, 2020

Gorgeous writing from a very talented writer. This is a good choice for those who appreciate literary, even poetic styles. The action takes place mostly through interaction with others, and centres on human relationships, the narrator's philandering ways and deep character flaws. I had my doubts about the narrator, but Banville writes so well that you almost forgive him!

Jan 08, 2019

Loved this book! I hadn’t read any John Banville before but I think I found a new favorite author. This book is for readers who enjoy being taken on a journey through elaborate but modern prose. I am already onto the next J Banville book, Mrs Osmond!

Oct 03, 2016

This is the oddest book I've read. It has little to do with actual happenings that occur, and is almost entirely inside the narrator's head. I read it through to the end, hoping for some relief from the introspection. I was disappointed.

Jun 28, 2016

If you read for plot this is not for you. Very introspective

Mar 20, 2016

Tight, elegant prose, as expected from this master stylist. Plot is secondary. Read this for the language alone. Sad tale about living life on the periphery, misusing people, dallying in love and art and thievery but not being committed to anything. The point? I didn't really care. Just went along for the glorious ride.


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