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Vintage International, 2002 - Fiction - 211 pages
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In this deeply moving and original book, John Banville alloys mystery, fable, and ghost story with poignant psychological acuity to forge the riveting story of a man wary of the future, plagued by the past, and so uncertain in the present that he cannot discern the spectral from the real.

When renowned actor Alexander Cleave was a boy living in a large house with his widowed mother and various itinerant lodgers, he encountered a strikingly vivid ghost of his father. Now that he’s fifty and has returned to his boyhood home to recover from a nervous breakdown on stage, he is not surprised to find the place still haunted. He is surprised, however, at the presence of two new lodgers who have covertly settled into his old roost. And he is soon overwhelmed by how they, coupled with an onslaught of disturbing memories, compel him to confront the clutter that has become his life: ruined career, tenuous marriage, and troubled relationship with an estranged daughter destined for doom.

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Eclipse: a novel

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The Banvillian narrator is often antisocial to the point of alienating his own audience. Armed with perfect diction, he uses language to hole up in an exclusive, hopelessly cool state of mind where ... Read full review

Eclipse : A Novel

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Another haunting tale by Banville (The Untouchable): actor Alexander Cleave is starting to feel "eclipsed," so he retreats to his abandoned childhood home, where he is bothered by persistent memories, the spooky caretakers, and, possibly, ghosts. Read full review


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John Banville lives in Ireland.

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