by John Banville


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From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a mesmerizing novel that is both a literary thriller and a love story as sumptuously perverse as Lolita. "A strange and dreamlike book . . . Banville has a breathtaking style."—Boston Globe.

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ISBN-13: 9780679736851
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/15/1996
Series: Vintage International Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 599,477
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He has been the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1976), the Guardian Fiction Prize (1981), the Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award (1989), and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1997). He has been both shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1989) and awarded the Man Booker Prize (2005) as well as nominated for the Man Booker International Prize (2007). Other awards include the Franz Kafka Prize (2011), the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2013), and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature (2014). He lives in Dublin.

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Athena 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
PrairieDogg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a tough read if you lack a familiarity with classical mythology. Very dark and sometimes hilarious.
downstreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Banville is possibly the most gifted writer alive today. His evocations of place draw deeply on an intimate connection to weather, smells, and moods created by the shifting lights of day, and his narrators are victims, almost, of an overdeveloped, morbid awareness of their surroundings. Much of his writing struggles with the theme of identity and memory, and there is an ongoing counter narrative which undercuts the authority of the authorial voice. Sometimes this technique may come across as coy, but the general effect is to remind the reader of the provisional nature of storytelling - the arbitrary decisions of where to begin, what to leave out, and which perspective to adopt. In Shroud as well as Athena the narrator has changed his identity to hide a nefarious past. Identity becomes an invented concept on every level - making it up as we go along. Storytelling itself is the point of Banville¿s writing, and the richness of his stylistic gift is unsurpassed by any other living writer, with the possible exception of DeLillo and David Mitchell.I rate "Athena" as possibly Banville's best, right next to "Shroud".
edwinbcn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never got into the book. It was very difficult to read. Some say the story crystallizes and becomes clear in the final chapters, but it never did for me, or it was too late.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks over to her. Hi there! Im alison. Alison dilaurentis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hopping no one noticed her, she began to attempt to sidle away. Only to fall on her side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes some candy then sits alone in the grass.
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Thank you.
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Sup everyone
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*Looks around.*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago this the new camp half-blood?
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My name is Tonia and i am a jupiter and venus daughter but am willing to betray new rome.
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Im here Evelyn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evelyn waits for new campers. She is the Athena counsler. Heather told her Aby was coming soon.