Saturday January 18, 2020

Master stylist shines again

Ancient Light by John Banville. Viking, €19. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

7th July, 2012
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John Banville: a magnificent and contrary writer. Photo: Feargal Ward

Ancient Light

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"Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother." So begins Ancient Light, with John Banville's ensnaring opening sentence typically encapsulating the novel's core. Central though it is, however, the affair between Alexander Cleave and his childhood friend's mother is just one part of this memory-driven story, which moves between the past and the present as its narrator reconstructs some of his life's most formative episodes.

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