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Probably a masterpiece,
This review is from: The Infinities (Paperback)
This novel records one ordinary day in the lives of a fairly regular family. Yet there is one extraordinary element to the day, it's that all are on a death watch and the day's proceedings are being monitored and narrated by Hermes with occasional interference from Zeus.
As one expects from John Banville, every simple action is brilliantly described and detailed, couched in the most exquisitely constructed sentences. A short walk across a room can take several pages to relate; with internal reflections, reminiscences and observations tumbling from the walker and any nearby observer. Thought provoking insights and descriptions abound. The human condition is analysed thoroughly. People's foibles, weaknesses and guilty secrets are ruthlessly exposed while their surroundings are deftly painted, as if by a master craftsman.
From the beginning, each character is fleshed out with the minimum of fuss and effort, with a convincing image rising from the page from the writer's unerring eye for the telling detail.
As you would expect, from such an eminent stylist, not a single casual or careless sentence appears.
A joy to read, from beginning to end