Time Pieces

Time Pieces

A Dublin Memoir

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First American Edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524732837
Branch Call Number: Biography B Ban
Additional Contributors: Joyce, Paul
Alternative Title: Dublin memoir


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Mar 18, 2018

A thoughtfully curated guide through Dublin by one of Ireland's finest contemporary writers. Photographs add to the poignance. A gem of a book, if you're thinking of what to give a reader for a gift, this is it.


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