The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar

Book - 2015
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Oliver Orme used to be a painter, well known and well rewarded, but the muse has deserted him. He is also, as he confesses, a thief; he does not steal for gain, but for the thrill of possession, the need to capture and fix the world around him. His worst theft is Polly, the wife of his friend Marcus, with whom he has had an affair. When the affair is discovered, Oliver hides himself away in his childhood home and from here he tells the story of a year, from one autumn to the next. In his dazzling delineation of Oliver, John Banville has created one of the most memorable characters in recent fiction: compelling yet weak, desperate for love and yet inclined towards acts of terrible mischief. Set in a reimagined Ireland that is both familiar and deeply unsettling, The Blue Guitar reveals a life haunted by the desire to possess and always aware of the frailty of the human heart.
Publisher: United Kingdom : 2015. Viking,
ISBN: 9780241004333
Branch Call Number: AF BANV

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adhopkins
Oct 03, 2016

This is the oddest book I've read. It has little to do with actual happenings that occur, and is almost entirely inside the narrator's head. I read it through to the end, hoping for some relief from the introspection. I was disappointed.

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mardougherty
Jun 28, 2016

If you read for plot this is not for you. Very introspective

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gr8cookiemaker
Mar 20, 2016

Tight, elegant prose, as expected from this master stylist. Plot is secondary. Read this for the language alone. Sad tale about living life on the periphery, misusing people, dallying in love and art and thievery but not being committed to anything. The point? I didn't really care. Just went along for the glorious ride.

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