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Ancient light, John Banville

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Ancient light
Title
Ancient light
Statement of responsibility
John Banville
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville’s extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first—and perhaps only—love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady—famous and fragile—unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the “chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done.”
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Alexander Cleave, an actor who thinks his best days are behind him, remembers his first unlikely affair as a teenage boy in a small town in 1950s Ireland: the illicit meetings in a rundown cottage outside town; assignations in the back of his lover's car on sunny mornings and rain-soaked afternoons. And with these early memories comes something sharper and much darker - the more recent recollection of the actor's own daughter's suicide ten years before. Ancient Light is the story of a life rendered brilliantly vivid: the obsession and selfishness of young love and the terrifying shock of grief. It is a dazzling novel, funny, utterly pleasurable and devastatingly moving in the same moment.
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Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10145203
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Banville, John
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6052.A57
LC item number
A53 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Alexander Cleave trilogy
Series volume
0003
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Older men
  • Actors
  • Reminiscing in old age
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Memory
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Family Life
Target audience
adult
Label
Ancient light, John Banville
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Books, Ltd., London."--T.p. verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21026523
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First American Edition.
Extent
287 pages (hardcover)
Isbn
9780307957054
Lccn
2012019891
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Ancient light, John Banville
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Books, Ltd., London."--T.p. verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21026523
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First American Edition.
Extent
287 pages (hardcover)
Isbn
9780307957054
Lccn
2012019891
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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