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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picador UK (Sept. 29 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330339338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330339339
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,369,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Written with subtlety and simplicity, "Eclipse" is a wistful and introspective story about Alex, a man who leaves his wife and successful career for solitude.

Despite good reviews Banville received elsewhere, I always felt uncomfortable with his work because of its pronounced aloofness and cynicism, along with a collection of deliberately charmless characters. In "Eclipse", Banville appears to have relented somewhat and softened his scrutiny on human nature and its limitation. Alex, who is excessively self-conscious, conceited, bored, and detached, is nonetheless portrayed as a vulnerable person with an inner wish to love and be loved. I felt relief as, while remaining austere and skeptical about emotional bonds, Banville tempers them with quiet acceptance of human imperfections and gives a sense of transcendence with his masterly lyricism.
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By A Customer on March 21 2002
Format: Paperback
I endured about 75 pages of navel-gazing and finally put the book down. Generally, I like 'heavy' introspective books, but this wasn't going anywhere and the main character wasn't interesting enough to carry it along. I think it was around the part where he found himself oddly fascinated with the various matters his body produced, such as 'stools and snot' that I literally tossed the book aside and picked up something else. I might give it another try, eventually but, then again, maybe not.
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By J. GRAHAM on March 8 2002
Format: Hardcover
John Banville's Eclipse is, I think, his best novel yet. There is a qualification to this claim. Banville is a quiet, introspective and eloquently descriptive writer. Most of his novels largely avoid plot and instead pay attention not so much to the characters but to the world around them. As such the more you read this author the more you understand and appreciate him.
Eclipse itself is simple. A middle age actor has had enough of life and the stage and retreats to his old family home. However things are not what he expects. Instead of longed for tranquility old problems with life and family persist. And new problems emerge. The actor does not seem able to discern between what is and what is not real.
Are the ghosts and images real or just troubled imaginations? At the end the unreal is something different again. It's a great twist to a ghost story.
Once again Banville's powers of description impress. Few writers, through their prose, can paint the world so well. Eclipse succeeds on many levels.
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By taking a rest on April 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
While I have yet to read all of his work Mr. Banville's novels seem to fall in to two general areas, those that are complex but understandable, and those that no two people will agree on anything other than the most general of thoughts. His most recent work, "Eclipse", definitely falls into the latter category, and while some criticize the apparent lack of structure, others applaud it.
Many Authors' work is often explained as being like the work of another writer, the, "it tastes like chicken syndrome". I cannot remember a parallel being drawn to this man's work and there is good reason for this, his writing is as original as one can read despite the millions of volumes that have gone before. He does not have a formulaic style that he follows like many contemporary writers, he is not the sort that fills in the blanks or connects the dots until all is finished or clear. Each of his books is written as the story they tell and the characters that inhabit them require. Moving from one novel to the next a reader could be easily convinced they are reading an altogether different writer.
Much like his work, "The Book Of Evidence", the story unfolds from one primary viewpoint. That the view is from a man enduring a breakdown of sorts is apparent, however Mr. Banville gives us an actor in a state of decay so that we read of a breakdown that is assembled from his 30 years of the characters he has played. Add to this the corporeal players in the actor's life, a cast of others, ghosts, demons, real or conjured, a difficult marriage, and finally a daughter who is handicapped, but perhaps a savant. And the result is a very dense work that gives meaning to the word eclipse whether as one passing another, or the infinite degrees from an eclipse so partial, to darkness absolute and final.
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