Athena [John Banville] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts. Athena () is a novel by John Banville, the third in a series that started with The Book of Evidence and continued with Ghosts. In it a woman steps out of her. Frederick Busch. Los Angeles Times – 02 July In his 10th novel, John Banville returns to the protagonist of his eighth (“The Book of Evidence”), a sad.
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The story doesn’t really materialize, certainly in no obvious way for a reader unfamiliar with this b This is a recent novel that is both difficult and enjoyable – which means it is not written by an American author. The narrative becomes gradually more claustrophobic, with a sinister aura of sadomasochistic sexuality. Banville’s had better days. His prose is basically perfect. But alas, I found out why it was not worth remembering. Bangille owes at least some nominal debt to Nabokov’s Bwnville for his portrait of Freddie’s self-destruction under the thrall of A.
Though the author has recaptured some of the narrative resonance of the first novel, Freddie Montgomery, under the guise of a new identity, Morrow, appears more of a pitiable tragic character than the self-obsessed and remorseless figure presented in ‘The Book of Evidence’, and thus, less memorable a character.
Sometimes I think the hardest concept to explain to people who don’t write about the act of writing itself is the idea of presentation, that just because a story essentially boils down to “this happened, then this happened, then this happened, and then aathena turned out it was the dog all along” doesn’t mean you have to write it that way. Yet the progression of subjects, with their undertones of eroticism and violence, parallel the narrator’s developing obsession in a way that, to an art historian, may actually be clearer than the main narrative.
His breaks are carefully calculated, beautiful, and open up atheena possibility of the character’s banville. There’s hints that he could be the same narrator that graced some of Banville’s other novels but that’s not really a requirement here good, because I read those several years back and don’t remember the detailsinstead you’re just asked to go along with events, like athrna blindfolded with a ratty cloth and forced to fill in the details from the splashes of blurry light that you ayhena as you’re jostled down dingy hallways, all the while listening to someone describe to you exactly what he sees.
Thing is, he could be lying. But, as a fan, I’m not sorry I read it, and will continue going through his novels hoping for the best. All this I understand now–but then; ah, my dear, then! I am not in the habit of consulting other comments upon a book before I post.
I did appreciate the narrator’s circumlocution for the most part and Banville’s cleverness with art history and anagrams of his name. Nov 20, Leif rated it liked it. It creates an interesting effect, like you’re slowly wading through the novel. You were in it. John Fowles did it in in “Mantissa”; his muse was cheeky and smart and she proved herself an essay in disguise. Images of you, of my doomy rescuer whom I shall call Athena or simply Aof art, of misconstrued childhood embarrassments, not of mine perhaps but rather of my nearly forgotten or spontaneously invented son, thick with the sibilance of rain and a humorless detective-inspector named Hackett, dance before me like a bad Shakespearean metaphor.
The commissioner’s name is Max Morden.
On the fringes of this are a number of lowlife characters many of them quite bizarrea hovering police presence called “The Guards” in Irelanda possible theft, and some unexplained murders. And if this mistress-muse is a literary confection, so are the other characters: Please provide an email address.
This is for me Banville’s most difficult work. Still a good book, because you can always count on Banville for a fancy prose style. Banville’s unreliable and self-deprecating first-person narrator is a treat who, despite most of his confessions coming parenthetically, fills parts of this novel with pleasant surprises.
Freddy Montgomery, the first and, really, only person in “Athena,” is endowed, for all his bumbling, fumbling aghena, with his author’s great gifts. His wife, Anna, has recently died, and he’s sort of lost and floating, not really knowing what to do with himself and how to handle the loss of Anna and memories of his childhood and events that happened at the guest house long, long ago.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Many a person has an amazing idea for a plot but doesn’t quite grasp that you can tell me what happened, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to find it all that intere Sometimes I think the hardest concept to explain to people who don’t write about the act of writing itself is the idea of presentation, that just because a story essentially boils down to “this happened, then this happened, then this happened, and then it turned out it was the dog all along” doesn’t mean you have to write it that way.
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Told mostly in the first person which can be very boring at times. Finding Morden’s name is something of a surprise: Copyright Los Angeles Times.
Trivia About Athena The Fredd But Banville is such a careful writer that I refuse to believe he just got bored of the plot, but decided to keep its introduction anyway.
But his most significant relationship is with A—an erotic obsession that escalates through physical passion into some of the darker reaches of sexuality; these sections are among the best in the book, because at least they use the realities of flesh to anchor vagaries of feeling. Return to Book Page.
My alpha; my omega,” we are reminded that lovers are never aware how tedious they can be–we want to hear about our own love, or nightmares, or needs, not theirs–and we are reminded of the start of “Lolita”: But even these artworks are displaced; although supposedly painted by artists from the Low Countries all imaginarytheir themes from classical mythology are more typical of the Italian Baroque. Dunham described him during the writing process as being like “a murderer who’s just come back from a particularly bloody killing”.
We know from piecing together the clues left throughout this book as well as Ghosts the second installment in the trilogythat Freddie served a number of years in prison for the murder of a young housekeeper in the course of stealing a painting from the estate of some wealthy acquaintances depicted in the original of the trilogy, The Book of Evidence.
In his 10th novel, John Banville returns to the protagonist of his eighth “The Book of Evidence”a sad, homicidal monologuist who tells and tells and tells us his troubles. Aug 18, Teresa rated it it was ok. What’s in it for readers from The Book of Evidence and Ghosts?
That line is probably going to be different for everyone depending on your taste and there’s probably a subset of atuena trying to read any of his novels that is tempted to throw it johj the room in frustration screaming, “Just say he’s in a hotel room already!