John Banville The Singularities


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'This novel is essence of Banville ... a career summation' Daily Telegraph

Felix Mordaunt, recently released from prison, steps from a flashy red sports car onto the estate of his youth. But there is a new family living in the drafty old house: descendants of the late, world-famous scientist Adam Godley. Felix must now vie with the idiosyncratic Godley family, with their harried housekeeper who becomes his landlady, with the recently commissioned biographer of Godley Sr., and with a wealthy and beautiful woman from his past who comes bearing an unusual request...

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'John Banville is a marvellous and rewarding novelist . . . He is a magician, really.'
- Allan Massie, The Scotsman

'Flick to any page in any of his novels and soon you will come to a sentence or an image so perfectly contrived it stops you for a moment, achingly, like a beautiful stranger passing in the street.'
- Tom Ball, The Times

'This novel is essence of Banville . . . There is the usual sumptuous style . . . He retains a brilliant grasp of imagery . . . There is a welcome sense of playfulness . . . Banville is clearly having a lot of fun.'
- John Self, Daily Telegraph

'Gorgeously written and superbly choreographed.'
- Kevin Power, Irish Independent

'A beguiling book . . . Astonishingly lovely.'
- Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

'Banville is up to some fine mischief here . . . [His characters] have no way of knowing how luscious and finely wrought are the exquisite sentences in which their sad lives and inscrutable fates are described and revealed. Such is the beauty of Banville's prose that every page of The Singularities is a perplexing and enigmatic delight.'
- Troy Jollimore, Washington Post

'One can linger in the lushness of the prose and admire the extraordinary capaciousness of Banville's unique imagination . . . Banville is one of the most substantial Irish writers of the past 50 years. In this book, as in others, he has created a work that meditates in highly sophisticated ways on the nature of reality, existence, knowledge, art, love, and death. His continued experimentalism marks him out as the most eminent innovator in Irish fiction of the last 50 years.'
- Eoghan Smith, Irish Times

'Full of exquisite prose, humour and stunning flights of fancy, [Banville's literary novels] have secured his reputation as one of the best stylists of his generation . . . The book is a pleasure to read. There is a descriptive verve, too . . . He seems to have had the time of his life writing this novel.'
- Ian Critchley, Literary Review


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