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Christine Falls (Quirke Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Fantastically atmospheric - you can almost smell the smoke and whiskey

This is what happens when a Man Booker prize winning literary author turns his hand to the murder-thriller genre - a deep and meaningful character-driven story of human weakness, the meaning of sin and meditations on evil. Banville (Benjamin Black is a pen name for Iris...
This is what happens when a Man Booker prize winning literary author turns his hand to the murder-thriller genre - a deep and meaningful character-driven story of human weakness, the meaning of sin and meditations on evil. Banville (Benjamin Black is a pen name for Irish author John Banville) creates an oppressive atmosphere of dark foreboding that pervades the story's every corner. At the end, the question is no longer the identity of "the bad guy" but rather of who among us is innocent. The main character, Quirke, is not a sharp detective type, but rather a damaged and lost soul bumbling about a confusing and ever-changing landscape of his world, ties and responsibilities as his sense that he is in some way complicit drives him to seek an answer to the question of what happened to Christine Falls.

posted by GG1000 on May 8, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't finish

After reading 145 of 340 pages, I chose not to finish the book. Eloquent and descriptive language of events and characters detracted from the story.

posted by Anonymous on June 28, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Couldn't finish

    After reading 145 of 340 pages, I chose not to finish the book. Eloquent and descriptive language of events and characters detracted from the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Jerk quirke

    This guy can write. It's too bad that be can't also develop a less stereotpical Irish protagonist than the jerk named quirke, in all his tedious heavy smoking and drinking Irish cliche-ness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Lacks imagery

    Story is set in Ireland, hoped to be taken away but book failed to delivery any imagery. Could have been set anywhere. Disappointed in this purchase.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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