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The introduction, discussion questions, and suggested further reading that follow are designed to enliven your group’s discussion of Ancient Light, the new novel by Man Booker Prize winner, John Banville.

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Barbara Socor, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Barbara Socor)
An elegant use of language and a reflective pace are highlights of this thoughtful and beautiful book on the power of memory and, ultimately, its unreliabilty. A gorgeous and, well, memorable, reading experience.
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Marianna, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Marianna)
A stunning novel in its language and frank treatment of a taboo subject -- sexual love between a teenage boy and a middle-aged woman. Banville at his best.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Man Booker Prize-winner Banville's 16th novel, the Irish author reprises the character of Alex Cleave, who first appeared in 2000's Eclipse, and then two years later in Shroud. Cleave, a has-been theater actor, reminisces about his 15th summer, 'half a century ago,' when he had an affair with his best friend's mother, Mrs. Gray, who, he tells us, was 'unhappy then,' lest readers judge her too harshly for bedding a minor. Interwoven with this vividly drawn summer is Cleave's current existence, which is saturated with pain and regret: His daughter, Cass, flung herself off the Italian coast 10 years ago, and his wife, Lydia, still sleepwalks in the night to rampage through the house in search of her. When, out of the blue, Cleave is offered a role in a biopic of literary critic Axel Vander entitled The Invention of the Past, life and art intertwine beguilingly for Alex, who is engaged in the tricky business of inventing his own past; how is he to unravel the strands of his existence when memory is such an unreliable muse? The problem with this book is that the past is beautifully — perfectly — imagined; it's Alex's over-determined present that's unbelievable. First printing: 60,000. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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