Time Pieces by John Banville
A Dublin Memoir

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The text is beautifully complemented with Joyce’s well-chosen photographs. Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman.
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From the internationally acclaimed and Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and the Benjamin Black mysteries--a vividly evocative memoir that unfolds around the author's recollections, experience, and imaginings of Dublin.

As much about the life of the city as it is about a life lived, sometimes, in the city, John Banville's "quasi-memoir" is as layered, emotionally rich, witty, and unexpected as any of his novels. Born and bred in a small town a train ride away from Dublin, Banville saw the city as a place of enchantment when he was a child, a birthday treat, the place where his beloved, eccentric aunt lived. And though, when he came of age and took up residence there, and the city became a frequent backdrop for his dissatisfactions (not playing an identifiable role in his work until the Quirke mystery series, penned as Benjamin Black), it remained in some part of his memory as fascinating as it had been to his seven-year-old self. And as he guides us around the city, delighting in its cultural, architectural, political, and social history, he interweaves the memories that are attached to particular places and moments. The result is both a wonderfully idiosyncratic tour of Dublin, and a tender yet powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man.
 

About John Banville

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John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970. His other books are Nightspawn, Birchwood, Doctor Copernicus, Kepler, The Newton Letter, Mefisto, The Book of Evidence (which was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize), Ghosts, Athena, The Untouchable, and Eclipse. He lives in Dublin.
 
Published February 27, 2018 by Knopf. 221 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 12 2017

The text is beautifully complemented with Joyce’s well-chosen photographs. Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Kevin Canfield on Feb 23 2018

Meanwhile, thanks to Banville’s brief portraits of old friends, this can be a funny book. Dining with an aged journalist, Banville asks about his health: “He shook his head ruefully. ‘I’m like the Census,’ he said, ‘broken down by age, sex and religion.’ ”

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Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Feb 27 2018

As this shimmering, meandering, frequently beautiful but somewhat elusive book reveals, he, too, is an amalgam of several people: acclaimed literary novelist, popular crime writer, idiosyncratic travel guide, private person, and rather reticent memoirist.

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