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Beautifully written with wonderful imagery of places, people and events but a maudlin novel that I found to be bore. Sorry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BillR.painter
Judging by the cover of the book, the title should be "Thursday Nights at the Hefner Household". Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Battaglia
Definitely this is an extraordinary work by an outstanding author. I have one reservation though: you can appreciate the work only if you are tenacious enough to read the whole... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Annie D
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood but I thought this book was vague, poorly structured, self-indulgently verbose with periods of almost hallucinatory rambling. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by 415th
Great read. Consumed with Shroud and Ancient Light.
Wonderful, lyrical style - hard to put down.
Would recommend entire series to a book club.
I was attracted to this book after reading The Sea and feeling the need to better understand this obviously talented author. Read morePublished on April 15, 2006 by Donald Mitchell
In the Banville canon so far, this would rate barely as passable. As others have astutely noted, this does not succeed on the merits of its plot and much less its unlikeable... Read morePublished on November 13, 2005 by John L Murphy
John Banville has an almost scary insight into the psychology of the lie. Word by painstaking word, he creates a subtle and nuanced portrait of characters who, despite all evidence... Read morePublished on June 27, 2003 by Christopher Forbes
John Banville is my favorite living novelist and certainly one of the great practitioners of the form of this century. Read morePublished on September 10, 2002 by Mark Sarvas