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Overview

A group of strangers, passengers on a day-boat that runs aground, are washed up on an island. Shaken and sodden, they nonetheless make quick work of the situation at hand. But what is the situation? They've invaded the closely protected enclave of an eminent art historian, but their presence seems to rouse in the historian's assistant a long-ripening hunger for company. Certainly the grounding of the boat was an accident, but one of the passengers seem to know the professor and to have an air of purpose about him. Why as their day on the island progresses, do they seem to inhabit a series of weighty tableaux? And who is the man who moves among them as both spectator and player, the nameless, seemingly haunted narrator whose sensibility is the sometimes clarifing, sometimes distorting lens through which we view the action? Invoking all lost souls and enchanted islands, Ghosts gives us a brilliant mix of gaiety and menace to tell a story about the failures and triumphs of the imagination, about time's passage, and about the frailty of human happiness. It is an exquisitely written novel - stately and theatrical - by one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today.

In this brilliantly haunting new novel, John Banville forges an unforgettable amalgam of enchantment and menace that suggests both The Tempest and his own acclaimed The Book of Evidence. "A surreal and exquisitely lyrical new novel by one of the great stylists writing in English today."--Boston Globe.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The narrator of this lyrical novel by the author of The Book of Evidence banishes himself to a deserted island inhabited by two other castaways. Nov.
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A bedraggled medley of castaways from a day outing wash ashore a remote island. Led by Felix, the unctuous, mutable ``lord of the streets,'' they include many of the same Faustian types--the innocent girl, the moribund gentleman--who inhabit Banville's previous fiction, The Book of Evidence LJ 3/1/90 and Mephisto Godine, 1989. They have, perhaps, walked ``straight out of the deepest longings'' of the forsaken trio already sentenced to live on that island: an art expert with dubious credentials, Professor Kreutnaer; his disgruntled, lovelorn assistant Licht; and the familiar ex-convict who is also our first-person narrator. Banville is not so much interested in the plight of the castaways, whom he arranges in a tableau vivant and then abandons, as he is in the criminal descent and groping atonement of his hapless narrator. Here Banville's quirky, Beckettian stream-of-consciousness takes off: pathetic, noble, hilarious, this narrator is an utterly original ``little god.'' The novel, though in some ways incomplete, is an exuberant, virtuosic display.-- Amy Boaz, ``Library Journal''
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  • ISBN-13: 9780749399795
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/29/1997
  • Pages: 245

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    Posted January 10, 2014

    Training field

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    I think this book was amazingly dumb

    Horrible i didnt get anything it said about ghosts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Ya

    Totally! Ask him but u know be cool about it

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    Posted October 9, 2012

    MUSIC ROOM





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    Posted March 11, 2012

    Firya

    "So should I ask him?"

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