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All Souls - Javier Marías, John Banville
All Souls
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"All Souls" is a compelling black comedy of Oxford life by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel "The Infatuations" is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by John Banville, author of "The Sea". The pretty young tutor Clare Bayes attracts... show more
"All Souls" is a compelling black comedy of Oxford life by Javier Marias, whose highly-anticipated new novel "The Infatuations" is published in 2013. This Penguin Modern Classics edition features a new Introduction by John Banville, author of "The Sea". The pretty young tutor Clare Bayes attracts many eyes at an Oxford college dinner, not least those of a visiting Spanish lecturer (desperate to escape his conversation with an obese economist about an eighteenth-century cider tax). As they begin an affair, meeting in hotel bedrooms away from the eyes of Clare's husband, the Spaniard finds himself increasingly drawn into the strange world of Oxford, 'one of the cities in the world where the least work gets done', in a story of lust, loneliness, vanity and memory. Filled with brilliant set pieces and pin-sharp observation, "All Souls" is a masterpiece of black humour.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141389240 (0141389249)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
5.0 ALL SOULS BY JAVIER MARIAS
”I’ve been slowly wearing away at my ignorance and, as I said, I’ve always kept on learning. But that ignorance is still so vast that even today, at seventy, leading this quiet life, I still cherish the hope of being able to embrace everything and experience everything, the unknown and the known, ye...
MochaMike
MochaMike rated it
Sometimes you know from the very first words in a novel: I’m gonna’ like where this takes me. Now, as I start All Souls (and this review), I’ve read over 1600 pages penned by Marías, and he never fails to catch me up immediately and run with me. In this novel’s case, by the narrator’s distancing o...
The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel rated it
3.0
I read this book in the right time and in the right place. As it was a present coming from a dear friend of mine, thumbs up for Giulia! But let's suppose that I crushed into "All Souls" just a couple of years ago when I was far from Oxford and completely unaware of going to settle up there in a few ...
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