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This has to be read as part of the trilogy,
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This review is from: Ghosts (Paperback)
This book can appear plotless and extremely confusing. But, if read in context as the central book of Banville's trilogy, then it really works. This trilogy is loosely constructed and has a very clear Beckettian echo - it is not meant to be a linear narrative and the protagonist in all three books is not necessarily the same character; just as Samuel Beckett's central character in 'Molloy', 'Malone Dies' and 'The Unnamable'. Banville writes about art and about 'painting the perfect world': his trilogy illustrates an ideal concept of life and at the same time undermines it very deftly. 'Ghosts' is a painting, which comes together only at the end. I think it is a masterpiece, but it loses out on being read on its own.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2008 19:09:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2008 19:13:47 GMT
The reviewer doesn't say whether or not he/she has read any of John Banvilles other novels or make any comparison to them so therefore is not properly giving an assessment of the particular novel. This therefore reads as his/her reaction to John Banville in general. Most reiviewers (not only in relation to this book but also the other Bamvilles provided by Amazon) do warn potential readers that those looking for a strong visible plot may or will not like it. I have read John Banvilles The Sea and really enjoyed it because it was different and not just another 'plot book' where plot is defined in restricted protocol. I would say JBs The Sea certainly does have plot---its a case of following the narating characters line of thought and investigation, and also the story of his life and of those he relates to. Since the like it or not comment appears with reviews of The Sea I will for now assume that all JBs work have plot, and that for a rounded reading experience JBs work is an extremely valuable and welcome presence.
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