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FREE DOWNLOAD Athena By John Banville 108 Í From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a mesmerizing novel that is both a literary thriller and a love story as sumptuously perverse as Lolita A strange and dreamlike book Banville has a breathtaking style Boston GlobeFrom the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a me. Sometimes I think the hardest concept to explain to people who don't write about the act of writing itself is the idea of presentation that just because a story essentially boils down to this happened then this happened then this happened and then it turned out it was the dog all along doesn't mean you have to write it that way Many a person has an amazing idea for a plot but doesn't uite grasp that you can tell me what happened but that doesn't mean I'm going to find it all that interesting if you don't dress it up a little bit Good ideas don't automatically translate into gripping reading Just like my parents told me when I drew my awesome schematics for my volcano science project in elementary school if you want it to come out right you're going to have to put some effort into itBanville seems to understand effort In fact sometimes he comes across as having made it his life's goal to make us aware of just how many words exist in the English language and how they can be used in a sentence I'd be surprised if he ever used the same description twice at least not intentionally It makes for oddly rich reading as if every other author you've been reading prior to this has only be using half the colors available in the palette like Dorothy wandering out into OzHowever there is a fairly thin line between marvelously descriptive and tediously overwritten That line is probably going to be different for everyone depending on your taste and there's probably a subset of people trying to read any of his novels that is tempted to throw it across the room in frustration screaming Just say he's in a hotel room already Still it is difficult to call a novel that is a hair under two hundred and fifty pages bloated by any yardstick and points to one of Banville's greatest strengths it's not how many words you know it's knowing the right place to use themThus the plot A semi crooked man with a shady past who narrates our story is recruited by even shadier people to authenticate some paintings they have stashed away and are probably not planning on selling to the local gallery Meanwhile he runs into a woman and becomes obsessed with her despite knowing absolutely nothing about her not even her name Sometimes it seems like the cops are onto him sometimes it seems like he's in a dangerous world that has put him in over his head Meanwhile he's tangled up in prose Oh and his aunt is sickSee that doesn't sound terribly exciting Mix some of the basic elements up and add about seven hundred pages and it could be William Gaddis' The Recognitions but with a slightly higher chance for car chases don't get your hopes up though Yet Banville manages to make it all compelling through the use of his prose which seems determined to plunge the reader into a languid dream like affair held together by a narrator who seems to drift in and out of his own story sometimes settling into a scene with a startlingly concrete presence and other times anchored to absolutely nothing at all There's hints that he could be the same narrator that graced some of Banville's other novels but that's not really a reuirement here good because I read those several years back and don't remember the details instead you're just asked to go along with events like being blindfolded with a ratty cloth and forced to fill in the details from the splashes of blurry light that you catch as you're jostled down dingy hallways all the while listening to someone describe to you exactly what he sees Thing is he could be lying Or maybe you just can't see very wellPlunging us in a world where it seems to be constantly on the verge of dusk no matter what time of day it is there isn't much to grasp and so the book has to succeed on both mood and pacing Which it does The hazy nature of the narrative allows Banville to shift the scene pretty much at will and when we're tired of the elusive sexual shenanigans of our narrator and his single lettered sort of lover we can have some criminals show up And when the vague hints of something bad about to happen linger for too long and start to lose their edge maybe some police inspectors can come by or we have some fun with his dying aunt In a sense it becomes not unlike a playland created by children under a blanket where every fold can bring about another scene no matter which way you turn held together by a playful dream logic where everything makes sense because absolutely nothing makes sense It doesn't go to David Lynch levels of absurdist surrealism but it seems to hover right on the edge of it with one foot existing enough in the real world that we can start to think oh maybe this is really happeningIt's not even the kind of story where you mind that the ending isn't so much an ending as everyone deciding the story is over like parents calling all their kids back into the house because it's getting late There's a risk with this of letting the story go on for too long that all the ambiguity becomes annoying than anything else At this length all the muscles and tendons lay nicely over the skeleton with the increasingly unhinged reviews of paintings I've never seen a particular highlight as the narrator feels things boiling to a fever pitch even if the fever winds up becoming dissipated in a chill night But it hardly matters The images linger like being surprised that a hand pressed that lightly into skin can leave such a mark It's a testament to how just any old set of words won't do and even if the narrator never seems to be totally in control you never doubt that the author is Skill and craft do count for something If I tried to write a story based on this plot it would come across as an inept documentary put together by well meaning preschoolers In his hands it winds up being the dream that doesn't uite startle you enough to wake you up but lingers long enough to make you wonder if you ever did wake up completely

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Athena By John BanvilSe as Lolita A strange and dreamlike book Banville has a breathtaking style Boston Glob. I read this book many years ago and since I could not remember a thing about it I decided to re read it But alas I found out why it was not worth remembering While the plot here is paper thin the narrator is so unreliable that most of the story remains completely opaue and surreal Once Banville gives us the solipsistic musings of a middle aged man in rapture tangled up in an affair with a woman decidedly not of his age group To understand the plot a bit better it helps to know that Morrow the narrator formerly known as Freddie Montgomery was the main character of the first and second book in what is actually a trilogy namely The Book of Evidence and Ghosts which I haven't read but this time I did some research Banville likes to publish his books in the form of a triptych So the narrator is an art expert and a thief who in the first instalment felt compelled to kill a house maid in the country estate he broke in to steal a painting Apparently he has served his prison term and now makes a shady living with commissional work Concerning the plot there is a labyrinthine house wherein Morrow is accommodated where he evaluates art and becomes utterly captivated by an inscrutable young woman His perception of his surroundings is however completely out of sync and his narration and its chronology cannot be trusted There is an obscure employer his fiendish sidekick and a formidable black dog Outside of the boundary of the abandoned house there is a whimsical old lady who is dying who might be Morrow's aunt or not it's difficult to tell as each character has adopted a shadow identity Also there is a serial killer on the lose and a cop pesters Morrow with uestions about his past and his current work In the end the woman mysteriously disappears as do the paintings and his commissioner Morrow is left behind bewildered and bereft It is unclear what the purpose of this story is It's not a murder mystery it is not a crime novel it is not a tragic love story For me it is yet another Banville book lots of erudite vocabulary allusions to Greek mythology impressive intellectual treatises all those art reviews sexual obsessions with occasional lewd explicitness claustrophobic notions inside the head of a confused pundit in short a glimpse into the intellectual maze of an obsessive mind BUT no plot to speak of It's not that there isn't any actual plot but Banville doesn't explore it He is too caught up in the internal poetic and self absorbed voice of his unreliable narrator Which makes it a tiresome and perplexing read By the way The commissioner's name is Max Morden Here he seems to be an art forger He will reappear as the central character of The Sea without a hint of a criminal past at least as far as I recall All this is just too pretentious and too artificially structured to win me over I just don't buy it