Tag Archives: Christine Falls

Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve added to this list. I still want to do a Non-Fiction one, eventually, but … you know … time permitting. Some authors are represented multiple times here. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. Don’t read … 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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“My Goodness, These Are Very Deep Questions You’€™re Asking Me. Why Don’€™t You Ask Me What My Favorite Color Is, Or My Favorite Pop Group?”

Wonderful thoughtful interview with John Banville about his new book The Infinities. I would listen to him talk about his favorite pop group, for sure. I would listen to him tell me his grocery list. If you go back through … Continue reading

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2008 Books Read

… in the order in which I finished them, understanding that very often I read many books at the same time. I count re-read books, by the way. I’ll include links to any posts or book excerpts I might have … Continue reading

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Inhaling Christine Falls, by John Banville

Stranded in O’Hare for 10 straight hours. I read the entirety of Christine Falls that day. So I may have been sitting in an airport chair by my thwarted gate of departure, but I was really wandering through the misty … Continue reading

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John Banville’s Alter Ego

Amazing interview with John Banville in The Washington Post. Banville fans know him well (he has passionate fans), and know that he also has been having a sort of catharsis – writing crime-noir books under the name Benjamin Black. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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John Banville/Benjamin Black

An absolutely wonderful interview with Irish author John Banville in The Village Voice. I love his humor, and I have always loved his ego. It’s towering, and it makes no friends. But then he always ends up by saying something … Continue reading

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Irish Authors: The Influence of the Celtic Tiger

An article about the state of Irish fiction right now. An interesting look at the different generations, and what’s going on now (and how the Celtic Tiger, so to speak, is influencing how Irish literature is perceived). I just read … Continue reading

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H.M.S. Surprise, by Patrick O’Brian

I’m almost done with H. M. S. Surprise , the third novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series – haven’t been writing much about my journey with the series -but I will. I’ve just been busy surviving, and recuperating from my week … Continue reading

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