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by John Banville

  • Author: John Banville
  • ISBN: 0684191806
  • ISBN13: 978-0684191805
  • ePub: 1212 kb | FB2: 1507 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: World Literature
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (April 30, 1989)
  • Pages: 224
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 655
  • Format: txt mbr mobi lit
The Book of Evidence ePub download

The Book of Evidence is a 1989 novel by John Banville. The book is narrated by Freddie Montgomery, a 38-year-old scientist, who murders a servant girl during an attempt to steal a painting from a neighbour

The Book of Evidence is a 1989 novel by John Banville. The book is narrated by Freddie Montgomery, a 38-year-old scientist, who murders a servant girl during an attempt to steal a painting from a neighbour. Freddie is an aimless drifter, and though he is a perceptive observer of himself and his surroundings, he is largely amoral. Many of the characters in The Book of Evidence appear in the 1993 sequel Ghosts.

The Book of Evidence is a 1989 novel by the Irish author John Banville. The Book Of Evidence. I. My lord, when you ask me to tell the court in my own words, this is what I shall say. The book is narrated by Freddie Montgomery, a 38 year old scientist, who murders a servant girl during an attempt to steal a painting from a neighbor. The end of the novel makes it unclear whether anything Freddie has said is true.

The Book of Evidence is a major new work of fiction in which every suave moment calmly detonates to show . Prior to this, I devoured John Banville's Eclipse, The Sea, and Ancient Light.

The Book of Evidence is a major new work of fiction in which every suave moment calmly detonates to show the murderous gleam within. From the Inside Flap. We get some of the same in each Banville novel. Seems that the author's first-person narrator usually visits old haunts, remembering the past, making new discoveries, and realizing the flaws in the memories. In some of this books, the narrator follows and observes strangers, studying, making a life for them, as an actor or writer might do. Dialogue is rare in Banville.

The Book Of Evidence. I am kept locked up here like some exotic animal, last survivor of a species they had thought extinct

The Book Of Evidence. I am kept locked up here like some exotic animal, last survivor of a species they had thought extinct. They should let in people to view me, the girl-eater, svelte and dangerous, padding to and fro in my cage, my terrible green glance flickering past the bars, give them something to dream about, tucked up cosy in their beds of a night. After my capture they clawed at each other to get a look at me. They would have paid money for the privilege, I believe

The Book of Evidence. A surreal and exquisitely lyrical new novel by one of the great sty. Prague Pictures: A Portrait of the City.

The Book of Evidence - Banville John Banville's Book of Evidence is a disturbing short novel about Freddie Montgomery, a man who has committed murder.

The Book of Evidence - Banville. John Banville's Book of Evidence is a disturbing short novel about Freddie Montgomery, a man who has committed murder. Needless to say, it is disturbing.

John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. Author: John Banville. The Book of Evidence is a 1989 novel by the Irish author John Banville. The end of the novel makes it unclear whether anything Freddie has said is true

We sat in the darkened main street, beside a hardware shop, the engine purring t I w o u l d do next

We sat in the darkened main street, beside a hardware shop, the engine purring t I w o u l d do next. O n c e again I was struck by the w a y these people stare, the dull, brute candour of their interest

The Book Of Evidence. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed.

Freddie Montgomery, a thirty-eight-year-old one-time scientist, returns to his native Ireland to reclaim a seventeenth-century Dutch school painting which he believes to be part of his patrimony, committing a ghastly murder along the way
Bine
I just finished The Book of Evidence, having read it in just 2 days. Prior to this, I devoured John Banville's Eclipse, The Sea, and Ancient Light. So far, my first Banville, Ancient Light, is my favorite. We get some of the same in each Banville novel. Seems that the author's first-person narrator usually visits old haunts, remembering the past, making new discoveries, and realizing the flaws in the memories. In some of this books, the narrator follows and observes strangers, studying, making a life for them, as an actor or writer might do.

Dialogue is rare in Banville. Basically, the novels are not plot-driven. You'll already know most of the story contained in "The Book of Evidence" just by reading the back cover. Likewise for many of his novels. These are not page-turners in the sense that the reader is pulled forward to find what happens next. Rather, it's Banville's powers of description, his humor, and his humanity, that pull the reader forward. "Little happens", some will say, but actually, what happens are words, words, words - the best any book has to offer. Otherwise, you may as well just wait for the movie.

It's Banville's control and mastery of the language that makes his books such a joy to read.
Ximathewi
A hard book to review. The main character is about as unappealing as he could be, and his life drifts here and there with little meaning. A lot like Crime & Punishment or Camus if you like that sort of thing. Beautifully written -- one of the few books I read these days which I reread whole paragraphs just to savor the language. It takes a long time to get to the murder which turns out to be pointless and almost humorous in its utter stupidity. In the end I didn't find him very interesting, even as a psychological study. Why does he do anything? We never quite find out. I often like books with unappealing characters, which Freddie was, but ultimately also uninteresting (which accounts for the 4 star). I did enjoy it which is why it gets that many.
The last lines of the book lead one to entertain the idea that this is all the wild hallucinations of a schizophrenic. I don't think so, but then all we know is what he says about himself. It is, for example, quite possible that his years in prison have affected the narrative in his mind -- not crazy maybe but warped. Maybe the pointlessness of his life in prison has led him to see his earlier life as more pointless than it was at the time. In that sense it might be read as a investigation of how we reconstruct our autobiographies.
I do recommend it, but only if you understand what yu are getting yourself in for. Surely not everyone's cup of tea.
catterpillar
Or maybe not. It fails the syllogism of:1)I love books 2)This is a book.
Therefore: 3) I (cannot even hypothetically say)I love this.

A stupid,pointless murder by a stupid pointless protagonist who then intends (not that I can even pretend to care) a stupid ,pointless "defense" while keeping a stupid,pointless diary/confession. The book did not seem to yield any wonderful or deep insights into the mind or actions of the protagonist. Which MAY be its saving grace. This could a curative to the general fascination with the criminal demimonde. If the lives and the minds of criminals are as dull and unenlightening as this book,maybe we'll spend more time on more important stuff.

On the other hand this was recommended to me by an acquaintance with generally good judgement who teaches university level courses on ,I believe, writing,literature and cinema. He will be hearing from me! ( But perhaps I missed something.)(Nah.)
Capella
I just this second finished Banville's The Book of Evidence.....the allusions and elbow in the ribs humor of the author paying homage to Lolita/Vladimir Nabokov are just hilarious. His prose and humor are second only to Nabokov IMO.

Is Freddie an unreliable narrator? Hmmmm, I'm not even sure now, but in the end I had to believe him. He forgets names left and right, so makes up his own, is amoral......in a sense. Will he attempt to redeem himself? You have to read to the last page to be sure. In spite of the very hideousness of his crime, you almost, I say almost have to like and feel sorry for Freddie. Bloke didn't have a chance to begin with, did he?

This is the first of the Freddie Montgomery trilogy. You absolutely must read the second and third, Ghosts and Athena. Here is a link to Amazon's all in one version. https://www.amazon.com/Frames-Book-Evidence-Ghosts-Athena/dp/033037348X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1470001553&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=freddie+montgomery+trilogy
olgasmile
Everyone else has already assessed the novels strengths and weaknesses, so I'll just add that, for me, the pleasure of reading this book was savoring the richness of the language and the author's ability to use it in the service of revealing character. From effete scientist to increasingly self-aware killer, there is not much to like about the narrator, but he is so wholly revealed as he provides his life's "evidence" that it is a fascinating read. One reviewer noted, however, that important details that tend to emerge late in the novel can be lost in the detailed description's weight by that time, an observation worth noting.
IWAS
Foremost I liked the elegant prose, quite a lot of ancient words but interesting and well embedded in the story. The portrait of the main character well done, some unnecessary long digressions in the middle of the story. A bad man without self respect and wanting/arriving at being somebody by committing a stupid crime. I felt removed from the story and the hero at the same time admiring the writing. I think The Sea is a much more accomplished book. Perhaps the lack of empathy for this pitiful empty man did not make reading this book the pleasure that I expected.
Livina
Could not finish this book. I found the main character obnoxious and a bore. Yes, I realize he is a narcissist and that should be taken into consideration, but the level of detail for the most mundane situations was beyond readable for me. I got about halfway through. Writing is good enough, just nothing to keep the interest up after a few passages at the front.
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