- Eclipse (Banville novel)
Cover of first edition
Author(s) John Banville Country Ireland Language English Genre(s) Novel Publisher Picador Publication date 2000-09-22 Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback) Pages 208 pp (hardcover) ISBN 0-330-33933-8 OCLC Number 247400045
Plot and themes
Its narrator, Alexander Cleave, is a 50 year-old, disillusioned actor who retreats from his career and his wife, Lydia, to his empty childhood home for an indefinite period of introspection. He seeks to uncover, he says, "the blastomere of myself, the coiled hot core of all I was and might be" from years of accreted guises. His desultory ruminations take up the dynamics of family, the nature of identity, and the reliability of memory. The book also addresses epistemological themes. Cleave's solitude is interrupted by what he provisionally believes to be ghosts, "sightings, brief, diaphanous, gleaminlgy translucent, like a series of photographs blown up to life-size and for a moment made wanly animate," a belief later challenged when he discovers furtive squatters in his house. He also receives portents of the fate of his estranged daughter, Cass, the meaning of which he does not apprehend until the story's conclusion. Of this, Alex Clark writes in The Guardian, ″Ghosts, it appears, can exist in the future as well as the past; whether or not we choose to respond to their beckoning is another matter.″
A New York Times review of the book stated, "Like Nabokov, Banville captures the vivid aesthetic pleasures of quotidian reality in the most satisfying ways....At such moments, his dream of dislocation and transport becomes ours. This is watchfulness as the first step toward engagement, and so back into life."  Robert MacFarlane is equally enthusiastic, writing, ″The book is ornately written, heartless in an honest fashion, profoundly interrogative of ideas of identity and, above all, spectacularly beautiful. It is, in ways that so many contemporary novels are not, a work of art.″
- ^ Banville, John. Eclipse. Alfred Knopf, 2000, p.15
- ^ Banville, John. Eclipse. Alfred Knopf, 2000, p.45
- ^ Clark, Alex.″Giving Up the Ghosts,″ ″The Guardian,″ September 16, 2000. Retrieved 2011-7-21
- ^ Shepard, Jim."Performance Anxiety", "The New York Times," March 4, 2001. Retrieved: 2011-05-24.
- ^ Macfarlane, Robert. ″With Prose Like This, Who Needs a Plot?,″ ″The Observer,″ September 17, 2000. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- Review of Eclipse at complete-review.com
Works by John Banville Short Stories
Long Lankin (1970)
Nightspawn (1971) · Birchwood (1973) · Doctor Copernicus (1976) · Kepler (1981) · The Newton Letter (1982) · Mefisto (1986) · The Book of Evidence (1989) · Ghosts (1993) · Athena (1995) · The Ark (1996) · The Untouchable (1997) · Eclipse (2000) · Shroud (2002) · Prague Pictures: Portrait Of A City (2003) · The Sea (2005) · The Infinities (2009)
The Broken Jug (1994) · Seachange (1994) · Dublin 1742 (2002) · God's Gift (2000) · Love In The Wars (2005) · Conversation In The Mountains (2008)
As "Benjamin Black"
Christine Falls (2006) · The Silver Swan (2007) · The Lemur (2008) · Elegy for April (2010)Category:Works by John Banville
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