Ancient Light

Ancient Light

Book - 2012
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An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother and inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307957054
0307957055
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 22 cm.

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Aging actor Alexander Cleave takes a movie role that prompts his to revisit two profound moments of his past: a teenage love affair and a suicide. In gorgeous and vivid prose, Banville delves into how memory deceives and haunts us.


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crumpetdoll
Jul 05, 2016

Absolutely beautiful

patienceandfortitude Jan 21, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this book. I think Banville is a fabulous writer, but I'm not sure what he is trying to do with this novel. Lots of relationships, past and present, mothers and daughters and just a smidgen of his wife. He is very masculine. Overall I would say it is worth reading.

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bibliofinn
May 18, 2013

The lyrical, jewel-like prose style and the poetic intensity of observation that are Banville's signature are here again. So too are many of the characters from his earlier novel, Shroud. What is new is the raw emotional charge. In his earlier novels, Banville often seemed to achieve stylistic perfection at the cost of archness and emotional detachment. Here he achieves some of the most moving moments in any novel I've read in the past year. It's good to see that he is still pushing himself at a time in his career when he could be coasting. He also makes a Hitchcock-like cameo in this book as the screenwriter JB (or at least I think he does). The self-portrait is amusing and again, unexpectedly moving.

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