Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir
'If you're interested in Dublin, or if you're interested in the novelist John Banville, or if you're interested in radiantly superb sentences about whatever - I'm all three - then Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir is a book you'll not be able to put down' The Guardian
'A trove of arresting imagery, from the lushly poetic to the luridly absurd ... utterly delightful' Irish T...more
Born in Wexford, a small town that in Banville’s youth was both more isolated and more of a rural community, Dublin fascinated him, captivating him in his youth. The annual trips, by train, for him and his family, fell around the date of his birthday, and their purpose centered around Christmas shopping, Christmas lights and a chance to be a part of something bigger, grander. In the 1950’s, I expect that the memories of the differences from his everyday life would be even more remarkable, the dr ...more
He was not born in Dublin,but in Wexford like Colm Tobin.
Banville s memoir is a personal reflection on Dublin it’s streets and architectural heritage and the literary characters dead and alive that Banville has encountered.And much more.
Banvilles childhood train journeys to Dublin are recalled.
I know all these streets and stones and pubs and parks.I worked as a young lawyer on Mount Street with its elegant Georgian streetscape.
Banvilles memoir captivates.
The style reminds me ...more
The "pieces" in this memoir are soft and gentle and often moving ... Banville's description of places he cares about are simply superb.
Memory is a dishonest narrator. If we cannot control the present let’s reinvent our past. John Banville writes about the Dublin where he has resided since adulthood. But having grown up in the provinces, his early memories of Dublin are infused with Christmasy-wonder. He confesses that he observed nothing of his village, the coastal Wexford-- and for mu ...more
I came away from the book with the impression that much of Dublin has been mangled, particularly Georgian Dublin, and yet ...more
Lovely pictures included, charming musings, informative details of Dublin architecture, remembrances from youth with sharp honesty and references including Dublin's writers, actors, artists.
Detachment appears to be a thing in hi ...more
Banville strolls through memories of Dublin, and I follow along, smiling appreciatively as he tells of a private park, the gate of which is unlocked by “an enormous iron key, big and heavy enough to bludgeon to death Professor Plum in the parlour.”
He’s really good with personal descriptions. A local character is “beaded, bearded and fearsomely unbarbered.” Another gentleman is “tall, spare and sandy-haired, with a limp that made him seem to be poling himself a ...more
Would recommend to read before visiting the city. It's actually a very slim book and reads fas ...more
Banville introduces us to people, famous or noteworthy; to places of interest, and to some of the history that haunts the city. His peo ...more
“Time Pieces” is an amble through the past of Dublin and Banville's memories. It weaves together an homage to the city’s parks, canals, pubs, and stately Georgian architecture with personal moments recalled from Banville’s life.