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The Infinities
The Infinities
by John Banville
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He does it with mirrors, 29 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Infinities (Hardcover)
This is one of the most fascinating - and disconcerting - books I have read in a long time. Nothing is what it seems in this story of one day in the life of a disfunctional family somewhere in Ireland - or is it Mount Olympus? Banville seems to do it with mirrors. Is the dying man really Adam Godley, the famous mathmatician, or is he someone totally other? And Ursula, his devoted wife, is not all she seems either. Although it deals with profound questions of life and death, love and pain, there is a sense of fun throughout that is perhaps caused by Mercury, that lightning-swift god who is present throughout. But where is he exactly? Now you see him, now you don't. Banville seems to delight in leading his readers up the many garden paths of this house, Arden, where his story is played out. It is many years since I have derived such huge enjoyment and such constant sense of surprise from any book. Reader, read it!

Sister Wendy on Prayer
Sister Wendy on Prayer
by Sister Wendy Beckett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Unprotected before God, 30 Nov 2007
This review is from: Sister Wendy on Prayer (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book, not only for what Sister Wendy tells us about prayer, but also for what we learn about Sister Wendy herself through the far-too-brief biography which forms the first part of the book. Sister Wendy lives out the things she writes about, and we get a fascinating glimpse into the daily routine of this unusual hermit, who is also a television personality and respected art critic. The book is quite short, simply because Sister Wendy considers prayer to be such a simple act that there is very little to be said about it. To pray, she says, is to stand unprotected before God. And what will God do? He will take possession of us.

I urge everyone to read this book, to relish the reproductions of paintings scattered throughout, which Sister Wendy uses to illustrate what she wants to say, and above all, to use it as a basis for doing what she urges - standing unprotected before God.

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