The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

eBook - 2015
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Adultery is always put in terms of thieving. But we were happy together, simply happy. Oliver Orme used to be a painter, well known and well rewarded, but the muse has deserted him. He is also, as he confesses, a petty thief; he does not steal for gain, but for the thrill of it. HIs worst theft is Polly, the wife of his friend Marcus, with whom he has had an affair. When the affair is discovered, Oliver hides himself away in his childhood home. From here he tells the story of a year, from one autumn to the next. Many surprises and shocks await him, and by the end of his story, he will be forced to face himself and seek a road towards redemption. Praise for Ancient Light: 'Everything I want from a love story: sexy, convincing, baffling, funny, sad and unforgettable' Evening Standard, Books of the Year 'Illuminating, funny, devastating. A meditation of breathtaking beauty and profundity on love and loss and death' Financial Times.
Publisher: [Harmondsworth] : Penguin, 2015.
ISBN: 9780241970027
0241970024

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Marionware
Jan 08, 2019

Loved this book! I hadn’t read any John Banville before but I think I found a new favorite author. This book is for readers who enjoy being taken on a journey through elaborate but modern prose. I am already onto the next J Banville book, Mrs Osmond!

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adhopkins
Oct 03, 2016

This is the oddest book I've read. It has little to do with actual happenings that occur, and is almost entirely inside the narrator's head. I read it through to the end, hoping for some relief from the introspection. I was disappointed.

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mardougherty
Jun 28, 2016

If you read for plot this is not for you. Very introspective

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gr8cookiemaker
Mar 20, 2016

Tight, elegant prose, as expected from this master stylist. Plot is secondary. Read this for the language alone. Sad tale about living life on the periphery, misusing people, dallying in love and art and thievery but not being committed to anything. The point? I didn't really care. Just went along for the glorious ride.

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