Once the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants. One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister. Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too. Birchwood ...Read MoreOnce the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants. One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister. Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too. Birchwood represents a watershed in contemporary Irish writing: it is a novel in which history becomes a rich black comedy full of land agitation and Gothic characters; and a sense of bewilderment at the nature of the universe fills its pages' Colm Toibin John Banville is one of the great masters of the ...English language' Catherine Lockerbie, ScotsmanRead Less
Good. Hardback with dustjacket-1987-fair condition, exlibrary, dj has been protetcted, price clipped, 0-393-08572-4--used books, secondhand books, for sale, out of print books, hard to find books, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first editions, exlibrary books sold, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Isbn 0393085724.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) First US Edition, First edition, first printing (first impression) with the number "1" to the copyright page to indicate a true first print in a near fine Dust Jacket. The jacket is clipped to the lower flap however not price clipped, a shade lighter to the spine, and a tiny nick to one edge and tip otherwise as new. The book itself is unread tight and clean, as new. SIGNED by John Banville to the title page. Banville's scarcest novel and exceptionally uncommon in collectible condition.
John Banville is a master of atmosphere and uncannily beautiful, detailed descriptions that so perfectly, headily transport the reader to its dark world. This book is an older one of his that's a classic gothic tale of shadowy thoughts and family dynamics. Its a bit more abstract than his most recent award winning The Sea, but its one of my favourites -and I've read almost all of his work. In the tradition of Patrick MacGrath or Poe, Banville delivers an unforgettable feast of tortured soul that I could not stop reading and will no doubt read again soon.
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