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The introduction, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of Booker Prize winner John Banville’s remarkable new novel, The Infinities.

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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 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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