John Banville, The Infinities

6595136I seem to say this a lot these days, but I thought I would like John Banville’s The Infinities more than I did. His idea of a slightly altered universe and playing out (in part) the story of Amphitryon complete with a Greek chorus supplied by the Greek god Hermes was certainly original and there are parts of the novel that are exceedingly funny, but in the end, I didn’t feel that the journey went anywhere. And Banville’s language, which is sometimes amazing, also got so florid and baroque that I found my eyes glaze over more than once.

(Read from March 28-March 30, 2010)


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