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The Infinities (Vintage International)

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On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their stepmother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra's “young man”very likely more interested in the father than the daughter — who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit.

But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals — among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: “We too are petty and vindictive,” he tells us, “just like you, when we are put to it.” As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect....

Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human — a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.

Review:

"Dazzling....Banville is, without question, one of the great living masters of English-language prose. The Infinities is a dazzling example of that mastery." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Unforgettable, beautifully written....Banville is frequently compared to such masters as Beckett and Nabokov, and for years his books have been among the most haunting, beautiful and downright strange in contemporary literature....If Banville is capable of writing an unmemorable sentence, he has successfully concealed the evidence." The Washington Post

Review:

"If The Infinities has the bones of a novel of ideas, it’s fleshed out and robed as a novel of sensibility and style....Sumptuous." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Ingenious....[The Infinities deals with] mortality, creativity, and the possibility of making something truly new in a world that seems increasingly exhausted morally, politically, and spiritually." The New Yorker

Review:

"Entrancing....Banville achieves real depth in this alternately grave and bawdy exploration of the nature of time, the legacy of grief, and the costs and sources of inspiration." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Seamlessly sophisticated fiction....[Banville’s] agility is abundantly evident....It takes expert writerly effort to toss each little thunderbolt with such seeming ease." The New York Times

Review:

"Mesmerizing.... The Infinities is rife with mischief, as well as godly/authorial omniscience, irony and wordplay, but what warms and anchors it is its humanity." The Miami Herald

Review:

"Intriguing, complex, and ultimately elusive, The Infinities manages, through divine sleight of mind, to bring glimmers of possibility to its dark characters: as such, it is a novel for our hopeless times." Claire Messud, Irish Times

Review:

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream of a story....Pure pleasure." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Review:

"Banville’s best and brightest work....Masterful." Bookforum

Review:

"Banville may have surpassed himself with the brilliance and introspection of his writing in [this] mythic novel." The Buffalo News

Review:

"Characteristically gorgeous." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Review:

"Like Nabokov, Banville has a wide-ranging intellect and a rather godlike view of the power of fiction — and, like Nabokov, he’s got the goods to back it up. The Infinities is an inventive melding of myth and realism, a sly and poignant tale of lust and loss, but above all it is a joy to read for the sheer beauty of its language." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"The Infinities is a Beethoven string quartet of a novel. It deals with huge ideas — plenty of them — and in doing so, breaks new ground in its own medium....A masterpiece of a book." Daily Telegraph (London)

Synopsis:

On a languid midsummer’s day in the countryside, the Godley family gathers at the bedside of Adam, a renowned mathematician and their patriarch. But they are not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a clan of mischievous immortals — Zeus, Pan, and Hermes among them — who begin to stir up trouble for the Godleys, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. The Infinities — John Banville’s first novel since his Booker Prize-winning and bestselling The Sea — is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human.

About the Author

John Banville, the author of fourteen previous novels, has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Dublin.

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jameswren1, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by jameswren1)
Litte irony in my being quite so remiss in getting around to reading John Banville's Infinities. Admittedly, it hit the shelves in 2009 to much acclaim, as did many other interesting reads. But for all the starts and stops, the waits and the retakes, I fnally gave into the inevitable: If I am going to be reading for pleasure, then I first need await the arrival of the ubiquitous large-print edition. If Banville has taught us nothing else it is that Time awaits all but waits on no one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307474391
Author:
Banville, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.13 x .6 in .48 lb

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307474391 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dazzling....Banville is, without question, one of the great living masters of English-language prose. The Infinities is a dazzling example of that mastery."
"Review" by , "Unforgettable, beautifully written....Banville is frequently compared to such masters as Beckett and Nabokov, and for years his books have been among the most haunting, beautiful and downright strange in contemporary literature....If Banville is capable of writing an unmemorable sentence, he has successfully concealed the evidence."
"Review" by , "If The Infinities has the bones of a novel of ideas, it’s fleshed out and robed as a novel of sensibility and style....Sumptuous."
"Review" by , "Ingenious....[The Infinities deals with] mortality, creativity, and the possibility of making something truly new in a world that seems increasingly exhausted morally, politically, and spiritually."
"Review" by , "Entrancing....Banville achieves real depth in this alternately grave and bawdy exploration of the nature of time, the legacy of grief, and the costs and sources of inspiration."
"Review" by , "Seamlessly sophisticated fiction....[Banville’s] agility is abundantly evident....It takes expert writerly effort to toss each little thunderbolt with such seeming ease."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing.... The Infinities is rife with mischief, as well as godly/authorial omniscience, irony and wordplay, but what warms and anchors it is its humanity."
"Review" by , "Intriguing, complex, and ultimately elusive, The Infinities manages, through divine sleight of mind, to bring glimmers of possibility to its dark characters: as such, it is a novel for our hopeless times."
"Review" by , "A Midsummer Night’s Dream of a story....Pure pleasure."
"Review" by , "Banville’s best and brightest work....Masterful."
"Review" by , "Banville may have surpassed himself with the brilliance and introspection of his writing in [this] mythic novel."
"Review" by , "Characteristically gorgeous."
"Review" by , "Like Nabokov, Banville has a wide-ranging intellect and a rather godlike view of the power of fiction — and, like Nabokov, he’s got the goods to back it up. The Infinities is an inventive melding of myth and realism, a sly and poignant tale of lust and loss, but above all it is a joy to read for the sheer beauty of its language."
"Review" by , "The Infinities is a Beethoven string quartet of a novel. It deals with huge ideas — plenty of them — and in doing so, breaks new ground in its own medium....A masterpiece of a book."
"Synopsis" by , On a languid midsummer’s day in the countryside, the Godley family gathers at the bedside of Adam, a renowned mathematician and their patriarch. But they are not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a clan of mischievous immortals — Zeus, Pan, and Hermes among them — who begin to stir up trouble for the Godleys, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. The Infinities — John Banville’s first novel since his Booker Prize-winning and bestselling The Sea — is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human.
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