Tag Archives: John Banville

Rejoyce. It’s Bloomsday.

Some men send flowers to commemorate an anniversary. James Joyce wrote Ulysses. You know, whatever works. James Joyce, Nora Barnacle On June 15, 1904, young James Joyce sent a note to Nora Barnacle, who was a waitress at Finn’s Hotel. … Continue reading

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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve been working on this list for a couple of weeks. I also plan on doing Non-Fiction and other categories in my out-of-control library. Some authors are represented multiple times. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. … Continue reading

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2013 Books Read

It’s been a hell of a year. Devastating as well as redemptive. I started it out in Memphis, and end it here in New Jersey. And now my new niece Pearl has arrived! It’s been both a busy year as … Continue reading

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2011 Books Read

Here is my annual roundup of all of the books I read this year. Not quite up to the pace I normally am (although 2009 was an all-time low), but movies and writing have become nearly full-time pursuits for me … Continue reading

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“Although its atmosphere, at once lackadaisical and deeply sinister, is that of a nightmare, the book has the sheen of a wide-awake, hyper-real and terrifyingly definite experience.” – John Banville on Kafka’s The Trial

An interesting piece on Franz Kafka by John Banville, on “Kafka’s other trial”. (I get a thrill when I see Elias Canetti’s name, a strange phenomenon. But thanks, Mr. Banville, for that.) I like this part: “Miss FB of Berlin” … Continue reading

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“[Life] Is Like Being At A Tremendously Good Party. I Just Don’t Want To Leave.”

John Banville on death. It made me cry. “It’s just so good. It’s so exquisitely beautiful being here.” Meaning: alive, the world.

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“The Sexiest Painting I Know.”

“An Allegory with Venus and Cupid”, Agnolo Bronzino So says John Banville who is, on occasion, the sexiest writer I know. Here is a great little interview with him. I liked this bit a lot: Which fictional character most resembles … Continue reading

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The Newton Letter, by John Banville

Sir – Being of opinion that you endeavoured to embroil me with woemen & by other means I was so much affected with it as that when one told me you were sickly and would not live I answered twere … Continue reading

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The Silver Swan, by Benjamin Black

Quirke, a bulky lonely pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family in 1950’s Dublin, aches for a drink. Evenings stretch out before him endlessly, his nose twitches at the scent of cigars or perfume, due to their automatic sensoral … Continue reading

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