6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very boring with an irritating conceit, but beautifully written,
This review is from: The Infinities (Paperback)
I had read The Sea previously, which drew me in quite quickly and kept my attention, and which I rate highly. I then happened to acquire this book, and although it started reasonably well for me, I then found that I simply could not be bothered to pick it up and read it. I persevered and did eventually finish it -- I would even say that it picks up at the end -- but I managed to drag it out over nearly two months, as overall I just found it terribly tedious. Also, the conceit of the narrator being a Greek god, while no doubt terribly clever and postmodern, just struck me as irritating, a little cringeworthy, and utterly unnecessary. It was also strange to find the narrator suddenly switching to the dying man on one or two occasions. Being by John Banville, naturally, the book is beautifully and poetically written, but I think it is only one for real Banville devotees. I would agree with the other reviewers on here who describe it as something of a curate's egg.