Local Celebrity Read: Ancient Light by John Banville

Ancient Light

Marie Garland recently finished reading Ancient Light by John Banville, a critically acclaimed new novel which follows an actor in the twilight of his career as he reflects upon his first love affair as a teenager with his best friend’s mother.

“I’m always interested in reading Man Booker Prize authors,” says Garland. “I previously enjoyed Banville’s other Booker Prize title, The Sea. This novel has beautifully written prose, is full of imagery and has the ability to take you into the story. It is often humourous but also tragic; a synopsis of life’s humour, nostalgia, bitterness and tragedy.”

Garland says she would suggest Ancient Light to middle aged men and women, “as most of us look back on our lives and at times wonder if events were actually real or partially imagined.”

* originally published as a portion of “Reads of the Month” in The Haliburton Echo on February 5th and The Minden Times on February 6th

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