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The Blue Guitar

by John Banville

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Blue Guitar Synopsis

Adultery is always put in terms of thieving. But we were happy together, simply happy. 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 petty thief; he does not steal for gain, but for the thrill of it. 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. From here he tells the story of a year, from one autumn to the next. Many surprises and shocks await him, and by the end of his story, he will be forced to face himself and seek a road towards redemption

The Blue Guitar Press Reviews

'Everything I want from a love story: sexy, convincing, baffling, funny, sad and unforgettable' Evening Standard, Books of the Year, on 'Ancient Light

'Banville's exquisitely written novel unravels the deceptions of memory with wit and pathos' Telegraph, on 'Ancient Light'


'Glittering visual evocation, expressed in a tone at once fresh and wistfully ironic. A world at once random, dreamlike and deeply experienced' Sunday Times, on 'Ancient Light'

'Illuminating, funny, devastating. A meditation of breathtaking beauty and profundity on love and loss and death' Financial Times, on 'Ancient Light'

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ISBN: 9780241004326
Publication date: 03/09/2015
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Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780241004326
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Author: John Banville
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970. His other books are Nightspawn, Birchwood, Doctor Copernicus (which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976), Kepler (which was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1981), The Newton Letter (which was filmed for Channel 4), Mefisto, The Book of Evidence (shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize and winner of the 1998 Guinness Peat Aviation Award), Ghosts, Athena, The Untouchable, Eclipse and Shroud. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.  

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