Time Pieces by John Banville audiobook

Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

By John Banville
Read by John Lee

Random House Audio
4.66 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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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.

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Summary

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A New York Times bestseller

A Newsweek Pick of Best Nonfiction for Summer Reading

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The tour he takes us on, while offering a handful of interesting facts about Dublin, is more about moods and states of mind and how they shape, even create, the so-called real world…Banville’s soarings, like a hawk’s, are both wild and comprehensive, taking in everything and imagining more.” New York Times Book Review
“Extremely engaging…A book to make a trip to Dublin seem imperative.” Barnes&Noble.com
“[An] enchanting memoir…Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In this subtle, elegant memoir…Banville explores three overlapping Dublins: the contemporary city, the city of history, and the city he remembers…Yet despite this intricate structure, Banville’s wit and humor make this book pass far too quickly. Dublin could not have asked for a more perceptive observer, or a more enchanting portrait.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: John Banville

Author Bio: John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. In 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain’s most important literary prize. He lives in Dublin.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 4.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English