Fleur Macdonald

Across the literary pages: Of life, love and death

Across the literary pages: Of life, love and death
Text settings
Comments

John Banville's reputation as a master stylist and serious novelist wasn't done any harm by the weekend reviews for his latest book Ancient Light. Familiar riffs on his usual leitmotifs guaranteed the standard standing ovation. 'It is written in Banville's customary prose, rhythmic and allusive and dense with suggestive imagery,' Alex Clarke commended in the Guardian. While Patricia Craig in the Independent applauded that: 'Many of John Banville's customary concerns are present in this bedazzling new novel: memory and invention, questions of identity and make-believe, names and aliases, transgressions and transformations'.

clarified

When Harry Met Sally

Sleepless in Seattle

quoted

Julie & Julia

suggested

Heartbreak

mentioned

recalled

Fifty Shades of Grey

The Story of O

The Eye