Ancient Light Reviews
"The problem with this book is that the past is beautifully--perfectly--imagined; it's Alex's over-determined present that's unbelievable." - Publishers Weekly
"Banville writes beautiful sentences, while recognizing the limits and deceptions of language, in a meditation on themes that he has better explored elsewhere." - Kirkus
"Glittering visual evocation, expressed in a tone at once fresh and wistfully ironic ... a world at once random, dreamlike and deeply experienced." - The Sunday Times (UK)
"Banville proves here over and over that one can write with the true texture of erotic memory without resorting to titillation. He deserves to outsell Fifty Shades of Grey tenfold. Sunday Express (UK)
"Prose that lingers on every last physical and psychological detail. Metro Banville does regretful roues better than almost anyone ... His use of language can also be startlingly brilliant ... Terrific ... full of sadness and yearning." - Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"This dazzling novel captures a long-lost adolescent world of passion and desire." - Independent (UK)
"The Booker prize winning author - widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in English today - has produced what many already consider a literary masterpiece." - Sunday Independent (UK)
"We now want them [novels] to provoke, cajole, edify, entertain, puzzle, divert, clarify and console. Banville's new novel does all these things and much more besides." - Irish The Independent (UK)
"Banville, with his forensic sensory memory, his great gift for textural (and textual) precision, his ability to inhabit not just a room, as a writer, but also the full weight of a breathing body, is exactly in his element here." - The Observer (UK)
"A novel criss-crossed with ghost roads and dead-ends and peopled by shifty characters who seem provisional even to themselves. It is written in Baville's customary prose, rhythmic and allusive and dense with suggestive imagery, prose and deliberately slows you down and frequently wrongfoots you." - The Guardian (UK)
"A bittersweet rumination on first love ... The language soars, full of the beauty of nature and the sadness of loss." - Marie Claire (UK)
"Banville perfectly captures the spirit of adolescence, the body yearning for sexual experience, the mind blurring eroticism and emotion ... Banville is a Nabokovian artist, his prose so rich, poetic and packed with startling imagery that reading it is akin to gliding regally through a lake of praline: it's a slow, stately process, delicious and to be savoured ... This is a luminous breathtaking work." - Independent on Sunday (UK)
"Ancient Light also bears resemblance to Lolita that extends beyond the obvious hallmark ecstatic prose..different periods of his life blending into a single meditation of breathtaking beauty and profundity on love and loss and death, the final page of which brought tears." - The Financial Times (UK)
"A beautifully written tale of youthful passion." - Good Housekeeping
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