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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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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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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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Banville, John
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Baume, Sara
Literature-A to Z
dogs;Irish;Ireland;literary fiction;misfits;seasons;pet adoption
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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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A debut novel already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride), this captivating story follows—over the course of four seasons—a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog.

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It is springtime, and two outcasts-- a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life – find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town suddenly takes note of them, falsely perceiving menace where there is only mishap; the unlikely duo must take to the road.

Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose, Spill Simmer Falter Wither has already garnered wild support in its native Ireland, where the Irish Times pointed to Baume’s “astonishing power with language” and praised it as “a novel bursting with brio, braggadocio and bite.” It is also a moving depiction of how-- over the four seasons echoed in the title-- a relationship between fellow damaged creatures can bring them both comfort. One of those rare stories that utterly, completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see, it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves.

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