Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

by John Banville

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Overview

From the internationally acclaimed and Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and the Benjamin Black mysteries--a vividly evocative memoir that unfolds around the author's recollections, experience, and imaginings of Dublin.

As much about the life of the city as it is about a life lived, sometimes, in the city, John Banville's "quasi-memoir" is as layered, emotionally rich, witty, and unexpected as any of his novels. Born and bred in a small town a train ride away from Dublin, Banville saw the city as a place of enchantment when he was a child, a birthday treat, the place where his beloved, eccentric aunt lived. And though, when he came of age and took up residence there, and the city became a frequent backdrop for his dissatisfactions (not playing an identifiable role in his work until the Quirke mystery series, penned as Benjamin Black), it remained in some part of his memory as fascinating as it had been to his seven-year-old self. And as he guides us around the city, delighting in its cultural, architectural, political, and social history, he interweaves the memories that are attached to particular places and moments. The result is both a wonderfully idiosyncratic tour of Dublin, and a tender yet powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524732837
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 319,776
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(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.

Table of Contents

1 About Time 3

2 Cicero, Vico and the Abbey 37

3 Baggotonia 49

4 On the Street 79

5 A Pisgah Sight of Palestine 117

6 The Girl in the Gardens 141

7 Time Regained 179

Appendix I 205

Appendix II 207

Acknowledgements 209

Image Captions 211

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Time Pieces" by John Banville is a beautiful book that will charm, delight and inspire you. Maybe you yourself will relate to the author's observations and experiences. The author's knowledge of people and literature adds so much texture to his thoughts. The photographs awakened in me a desire to travel to Dublin to see the places he so eloquently describes. This book made me realize that all serious lovers of literature may have within them the stirrings of their own memoir.