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Athena [John Banville] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts. Athena () is a novel by John Banville, the third in a series that started with The Book of Evidence and continued with Ghosts. In it a woman steps out of her. Frederick Busch. Los Angeles Times – 02 July In his 10th novel, John Banville returns to the protagonist of his eighth (“The Book of Evidence”), a sad.

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Although some facts and details eventually emerge from the swirling verbal fog, the prevailing atmosphere is one of hallucination. Jan 25, Avd. Once more, 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. Preview — Athena by John Banville. Bsnville now, Babville guess, an official Banville fan; I’m captivated by his style. Jul 07, Konstantin rated it really liked it Shelves: If words can reach whatever world you may be suffering in, then listen….

I almost want to give it five stars, but I feel ojhn I should save those for the best of the best, and this lacked that little something to push it over the top.

Mar 21, Jeanette Lewis rated it liked it. That’s a pretty incredible acheivement on Banville’s part. Such a wonderful style. I realize this sounds like a criticism, but I don’t mean it to be. He introduced a plot at the beginning of that novel and almost immediately let it recede to the background and then never resolved it. Good ideas don’t automatically translate into gripping reading. Nov 02, Robert Olsen rated it it was ok. This silence is more than an absence of sound, it is an active force, expressive and coercive.


I don’t know, guys.

It’s also difficult in that after you work through it doesn’t give much. Was he playing with our expectations? Paperbackpages. For me, it is yet another Banville book: Still a good book, because you can always count on Banville f Almost inevitably a disappointment, given my fascination with The Book of Evidence.

The book is brilliant, in that “Banville way”—I loved it.

The Word Made Flesh : ATHENA, By John Banville (Knopf: $22; pp.) – latimes

Aug 19, Peggy Aylsworth rated it really liked it Shelves: I wanted to be free. May 01, Roger Brunyate rated it it was ok. 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.

I love this book. It’s a testament to how just any old set of words won’t do, and even if the narrator never seems to be athenz in control, you never doubt that the author is. It is hard to tell.

I have found all 3 depressing. In his 10th novel, John Banville returns to the protagonist of his eighth “The Book of Evidence”a sad, homicidal monologuist who tells and tells and ganville us his troubles. I don’t mind nasty explicitness, but when coupled with an academic-type grace it can strike me as inauthentic, as a sort of slumming exercise.


Why should this interest me? Nov 20, Leif rated it liked it.

I did appreciate the narrator’s circumlocution for the most part and Banville’s cleverness with art history and anagrams of his name. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. The main fellow, who is very creepy, almost gangster-ish, is named Morden no first name ; he’s supposedly a real estate developer, bought this 18th In Athenathe narrator—Freddy Montgomery from The Book of Evidence —gets involved with some shady people who have acquired some minor 17th Dutch masters; they want Freddie now “Morrow”, he changed his name after getting out of prison to “Morrow”, for—of course—tomorrow to assess the paintings, give his opinion on whether they are in fact genuine.


You get the warning on the back. The style, characterization and vocabulary impressed mightily, per usual. 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. But he keeps you hooked, partly with his luminous jjohn, partly by allowing a scrumptious lowlife character to slope onstage at just the right moment.