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The Book of Evidence - John Banville
The Book of Evidence
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John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer.Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt... show more
John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer.Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375725234 (0375725237)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 220
Edition language: English
Series: The Freddie Montgomery Trilogy (#1)
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madbkwm
madbkwm rated it
This felt like an Irish John Updike. Freddie Montgomery is arguably worse than Rabbit; but the time period is the same and the language use and description was similar. Also reminded me a bit of McEwan's despicable main character in Solar.Unfortunately, it was a bit repetitive; I am starting to fe...
Will's Reading List
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4.0 The Book of Evidence
Reminiscent to me, strangely, of Ian McEwan’s “On Chesil Beach,” John Banville’s “The Sea” meditates on memory and death, and the unexpectedly circular connections, the meaningful bringing back, we seek to embed a purpose in our time on earth. The books ponders, and encourages pondering, as art cri...
SJane
SJane rated it
I really enjoyed this book because I really enjoy despair and self-pity. Especially if it’s couched in a good story by an Irish writer with a fabulous vocabulary.Banville is the saint of sumptuous sentences. Although the book is riddled with them, there’s a real knock-out on page 32:“I drank my drin...
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