Q is for Quirke An old post about Benjamin Black, John Banville‘s crime-writing alter-ego.Read more "Q is for Quirke"
Early reviews of “The Blue Guitar” indicate that Banville will once again bring readers into a story of memory and regret narrated by a narcissistic but self-loathing and highly unreliable narrator.Read more "Black and Blue"
As well as being excellently-written in carefully chosen prose, they are also examinations of some of Ireland’s harder truths: the unfettered power of the Church; the Magdalene Laundries; the Industrial Schools; the engrained prejudice against Travellers.Read more "Benjamin Black’s Elegy for April – A Begorrathon 2015 Post"
Some won’t like the Indonesian martial-arts thrillers, but If you are in any way a fan of films in which tiny men do seriously violent things to each other, then I heartily recommend them.Read more "I’m Stuck In The Middle With You, So Could You Please Take The Hammer Claws Out Of My Skull?"
As with much of Banville, there is fine attention to the feel and smell of things; “the sullen, bitter reek” of whiskey; and he has the gift of fully conjuring people, places and events with a few deft strokes.Read more "Blinded By The Light. “Ancient Light” by John Banville"
He is a master craftsman who writes shimmering prose, but his protagonists are the sorts that you would probably wish to avoid in real life: self-obsessed, self-deluded, duplicitous and amoral men with shameful secrets to hide.Read more "Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read John Banville"
Banville’s mordant sense of humour usually veers towards the cynical, the morbid, and the sad bewilderment of the world. But here he presents us with a narrator who is quite happily astonished by what he sees.Read more "“The Infinities” by John Banville (book review)"