Eclipse Alexander Cleave actor has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home He wants to retire from life but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences

  • Title: Eclipse
  • Author: John Banville
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  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human Memories, anxiety for the future and particularly for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract him from his dreaminAlexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human Memories, anxiety for the future and particularly for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract him from his dreaming retirement.This humane and beautifully written story tells the tragic tale of a man, intelligent, preposterous and vulnerable, who in attempting to bring the performance to a close finds himself travelling inevitably towards a devastating denouement.

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    • John Banville

      Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties his mother was a housewife He is the youngest of three siblings his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own His sister Vonnie Banville Evans has written both a children s novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.Educated at a Christian Brothers school and at St Peter s College in Wexford Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university Banville has described this as A great mistake I should have gone I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love But I wanted to get away from my family I wanted to be free After school he worked as a clerk at Aer Lingus which allowed him to travel at deeply discounted rates He took advantage of this to travel in Greece and Italy He lived in the United States during 1968 and 1969 On his return to Ireland he became a sub editor at the Irish Press, rising eventually to the position of chief sub editor His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970.After the Irish Press collapsed in 1995, he became a sub editor at the Irish Times He was appointed literary editor in 1998 The Irish Times, too, suffered severe financial problems, and Banville was offered the choice of taking a redundancy package or working as a features department sub editor He left Banville has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1990 In 1984, he was elected to Aosd na, but resigned in 2001, so that some other artist might be allowed to receive the cnuas.Banville also writes under the pen name Benjamin Black His first novel under this pen name was Christine Falls, which was followed by The Silver Swan in 2007 Banville has two adult sons with his wife, the American textile artist Janet Dunham They met during his visit to San Francisco in 1968 where she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley Dunham described him during the writing process as being like a murderer who s just come back from a particularly bloody killing Banville has two daughters from his relationship with Patricia Quinn, former head of the Arts Council of Ireland.Banville has a strong interest in vivisection and animal rights, and is often featured in Irish media speaking out against vivisection in Irish university research.

    485 thoughts on “Eclipse

    • Retreat“At the core of it all there is an absence.”When empty, broken, and destroyed, where does one go for solitary reflection? For a few hours, I head to the forest, step confidently off the path, and lose myself among the trees. No wolves round here, so I may wear my blood-red coat. But to live alone for a period, I would seek an uninhabited version of my grandparents’ farmhouse: rooms, corridors, and cupboards sheltering deep memories and aromas from a distant age; fur and pawprints of [...]

    • Alexander Cleave, outworn actor whose glory days are gone, sets the elegiac tone of his first person narrative as part of the setting of a performance ill-omened from the start. There is little in terms of plot line in this introspective journey into the mind of a tormented character that assimilates the structure of a Shakespearean tragedy. Like a deft snake charmer, Banville reconstructs the inner purgatory of a man in five acts, leaving no space for cathartic redemption or hopeful light at th [...]

    • Interrupting the Voice in Your HeadSelf-improvement isn’t just an industry, it’s an ethos, arguably the most central in modern society. We owe it to ourselves as well as to society to realise our potential, to develop our talents, to discover our true selves. What could be more self-evident? But self-improvement requires, at some point or another, self-diagnosis. And therein lies a problem that is the subject of John Banville’s Eclipse.Self-improvement is founded on an implicit and verifia [...]

    • My heart. My nerves. It is late, the light is going. My mind aches from so much futile remembering. What does it hope to signify, this chapter of family accidents? What is it I hope to retrieve? What is it I am trying to avoid? I see what was my life adrift behind me, going smaller and smaller with distance, like a city on an ice floe caught in a current, its twinkling lights, its palaces and spires and slums, all miraculously intact, all hopelessly beyond reach. Was it I who took an axe to the [...]

    • Eclipse is the first novel in John Banville's father-and-daughter trilogy involving Alexander and Cass Cleave. (Other novels in the trilogy include Shroud and Ancient Light.) Banville has a talent for luminous writing, as exemplified by Alexander Cleave's description of his estranged and possibly schizophrenic daughter: "Indeed, such was her calm at times that she would seem to be not there at all, to have drifted off, lighter than air. It is a different air in which she moves, a separate medium [...]

    • Banville writes magnificent prose. It is dense rather than lean. It is filled with visual detail.I have not described the writing as beautiful. Why? Because he captures the beautiful as well as the sordid and ugly. The sordid and ugly will make you squirm.Think prose poetry and absence of plot. That is what is delivered until almost the very end. Without the ending, I would have been left hopelessly confused.The story is about Alexander Cleave. He is fifty, an actor and he has collapsed on stage [...]

    • John Banville is a marvelous raconteur and he mesmerized me with his language right from the first sentence. “A spasm of sweetish sadness made my mind droop; I thought perhaps Lydia was right, perhaps I am a sentimentalist. I brooded on words. Sentimentality: unearned emotion. Nostalgia: longing for what never was.”And nonetheless Eclipse is very nostalgic… It is an elegy of the irreversibility of the past… The memory full of bygone shadows and bitterness of disappointments… The fear o [...]

    • "Se pudesse encarnar e tirar agora do meu seioaquilo que nele é mais profundo, se pudesse cingircom palavras estes meus pensamentos, e assim exprimiralma, coração, e espírito, paixões e todos os sentimentos,ah, tudo o que poderia desejar, e desejo,sofro, conheço e sinto, sem que morra, numa só palavra– e que essa palavra fosse “Relâmpago!” – eu a diria;mas não, vivo e morro voltando para o silêncio apenas,com sufocadas vozes que guardo como uma espada…"— George ByronTHE CLE [...]

    • I'm now kind of embarrassed about my previous Banville reviews, where I harped on his similarities to Nabokov and basically characterized him as extremely talented but inherently unoriginal. The more Banville I read the more I appreciate him and realize that, aside from a love of poetic language and fascination with unsavory people, he and Nabokov are nothing alike.Most of Banville's novels, however, are very much alike (hopefully this is not also an observation I will later regret). There are g [...]

    • Well There are some authors who have this tremendous ability in using words, who write so good, that make me feel unable, or stupid if you wish, to write a review. Banville is one of them. He is so elegant, so poetic, so sophisticated, so excellent. A real stylist of language. The Greek word for literature is made up of two words, speech(or word) and art. This is John Banville, an artist of writing. This is true literature. Beyond plots, characters and all, you just have to let yourself feel the [...]

    • ο Αλεξαντερ Κλιβ, φτασμένος ηθοποιός του θεάτρου, αποφασίζει να εγκαταλείψει επ' αόριστον την σκηνή κ την οικογένεια του κ να καταφύγει στο πατρικό του σπίτι κ να υποδυθεί έναν άλλον κ πιο απαιτητικό ρόλο, την ανάγνωση της θρυμματισμένης του ταυτότητας το επώδυνο και γλυκε [...]

    • Spurred on by a review of Banville's Shroud by my Greek friend, I picked up Eclipse. This is the first of the informal trilogy that includes Ancient Light (the third book) which I read recently and thoroughly enjoyed. I have also read The Sea and to no surprize, I enjoyed Eclipse as well.Banville is an elegant, poignant and heart-breaking writer. Different than Julian Barnes but in the same league. He captures simple things, a moment, a glance, an ancient light (yes he used this term to decribe [...]

    • Beautiful writing with unique images throughout -- the best of the images having to do with feelings and emotions, things you recognize and see in a different way through the author's eyes. The beginning of the novel is a long set-up to a worthy second half that had me reflecting back to the beginning. But I felt much of it was just too much. Many times I wondered what he was getting at with all the descriptions -- I'm sure something, but it wasn't always clear.This is my first Banville and I'll [...]

    • Un romanzo pinteriano: sembra infatti la versione narrativa e protratta delle opere di Pinter. Non una in particolare, ma del suo teatro in toto. Ed è infatti sempre presente, in qualche modo, il teatro: dal protagonista ex-attore al narratore (che poi è la stessa persona) che definisce i personaggi come comparse, maschere, personaggi comici o personaggi tragici. Ma basterebbe anche leggere l’incipit della quinta e ultima parte:Con un fruscio il sipario si alza sull’ultimo atto. Luogo: lo [...]

    • La crítica es unánime: "splandor nabokovianoza beckettianaBanville tiene muy pocos rivalesel escritor en lengua inglesa más inteligente, el estilista más elegante" También es admirado por otros escritores: "Banville es grande porque desciende al fondo más oscuro de la existencia" (Claudio Magris); "Es un maestro, y su prosa es un deleite incesante." (Martin Amis) Y así podría seguir y seguir, los halagos para Banville no tienen fin.No cabe ninguna duda, John Banville escribe bien. Su pro [...]

    • Banville's writing is very lyrical, and one can enjoy the simplest of descriptions. Sometimes, however, the descriptions get in the way of the progress of the story. Any time I encounter writing in which paragraphs run longer than two pages, I begin to wonder if the paragraph is filled with description or advancing story. The best writing, I believe, should be an appropriate balance between the two.This book was difficult to follow at times, though I've come to see that it is set up as a five-ac [...]

    • Banville is such an excellent writer that I'm surprised how few people seem to have read him, or how few talk about him. His vocabulary is gorgeous, and I find myself not only writing down words I don't know but also writing down words I do know because he uses them so well. He is somewhat heartless with his readers; there's little consolation to be found, but I can dig that.

    • Fairly ornate writing, but to what end? There wasn't one character, or a single mood, emotion, or sentence that gripped me. Or even made me pleased to be reading. Just one of an endless stream of examples of why most contemporary literary fiction is not for me.

    • I laughed when I read one review that called this book a word pile collapsing into a jumble. Banville is one of those writers whose words are gorgeous (Life is everywhere, even in the stones, slow, secret, long enduring), but there's a niggling joker on your shoulder groaning and snorting over the meandering, apparently directionless journey those words take you on. Oh, god, the Irish, it says, what masters of misery! all pallid, jiggling flesh and backed up drains. That, of course, is part of B [...]

    • Alexander Cleave our unreliable narrator is an actor who after being struck down by a nervous breakdown returns to the old family home to face the ghosts of his past. He discovers that the house is not as abandoned as he assumed it would be. Relations have strained between himself and his wife Lydia and his daughter Cass. He is trying to rediscover something of his youth and by delving into his past he hopes to discover something about who he is now. We sink into the mire of his psychological co [...]

    • Completamente tomada pela escrita de Banville. Caminho sem volta, tenho certeza.E como foi interessante ler "Stoner", íntegro, silencioso, conciso para, semanas depois, estar em contato com Alex, tão ferino e lânguido. Duas construções de personagem belíssimas e diametralmente opostas, tanto do ponto de vista da linguagem quanto da temática. Dois romances para lembrar que são vários os "mundos abandonados por Deus", dos quais falava Lukács.

    • John Banville é um escritor com uma sensibilidade acima do comum. Os temas retratados são os de outras obras suas, a morte, o amor, a família e suas relações complexas. Mais uma obra brilhante de Banville.

    • This was an odd reading experience for me. After the first few pages, I was sure this was headed for the "did-not-finish" shelf. The first-person narrator/main character, Alex Cleave, a famous actor recovering from a career-ending breakdown in his decrepit family home, is one of those highly-unpleasant middle-aged men (whom I associate with John Updike) whose misanthropy and misogyny manifest in many ways, one of the the worst of which is a preoccupation with the most unsavory physical character [...]

    • Judging by the cover of the book, the title should be "Thursday Nights at the Hefner Household". I hate to disappoint people who rely on their book covers to give them an accurate reflection of the contents, there is no rich people's blind grope-a-thon party taking place here. If that should sour your prejudgement of the novel, then so be it. At least someone was kind enough to warn you.There are times I think that Banville reads with utter glee the reviews of his own novels, rubs his hands toge [...]

    • Πρεπει να ομολογήσω οτι η γραφή του Μπάνβιλ ειναι εντυπωσιακά καλή, ποιητική και πολύπλοκη ( τα 3 αστέρια τα δίνω γι' αυτο το λόγο). Ο ρυθμός όμως πολυ αργός και χαοτικός.Δυςτυχως αυτο το βιβλίο δεν με κέρδισε. Ανυπομονούσα να τελειώσει για να ξεκινήσω κάποιο άλλο

    • No question, his prose is absolutely gorgeous; however, I struggle with Banville because his stories never really resonate with me. Have to digest this one for a while. I’m the meantime I’m going to retry The Sea and a few more. Not giving up yet.*4 stars for his beautiful writing

    • I read John Banville's Cleave/Vander trilogy backward, starting with Ancient Light, then reading Shroud, and ending with Eclipse. This first book, which introduced Alex Cleave, his wife Lydia, and his daughter Cass, is the least satisfying of the three, but John Banville continues to be my new obsession nonetheless. Those who love his work often comment about the beauty of his prose; I completely agree. Eclipse brings 50-year-old Alex Cleave, a stage actor who believes his career is finished, ba [...]

    • Now that I’ve read a few of John Banville’s books, I can see a few recurring motifs at play, and on that basis, ‘Eclipse’ is probably the archetypal Banville novel. This is the tale of a self-centred, washed-up old actor who’d been unable to fully give of himself to anyone, who decides to cut himself off from the world by returning to his childhood home in order to ‘find himself’. His preoccupation with himself, and the ways in which his previous experiences may have informed his s [...]

    • I chose this book for a very strange reason which I will blog about soon. The reason - to clear my head of my own prose before completing the last two drafts of my manuscript. I'm not in a position yet to decide yet whether this worked but if I go on to read the other two books in the trilogy - I'm guessing by then the answer will be yes.Because of course - as most readers of Banville know - he has a unique style that can be overwhelming at times. Reading his book The Sea was actually like being [...]

    • Imagine. About a month ago I was only vaguely aware of John Banville. I love the words and the way he puts them together. I've never looked up so many iffy words to make sure I had them right, so as not to lose the full effect of them all together. I tend to be a reader who consumes the page for the story, and the words and sentences are a means to the end. Here, the construction of the story was almost as engrossing as the plot. I read and re-read sections, word by word, almost like turning a b [...]

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