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The Untouchable

Read & download ¹ The Untouchable Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï John Banville One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exuisite menace biting social comedy and vertiginous moral complexity The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell formerly of British intelligence for many years art expert to the ueen Now he has been unmasked as a Russian agent and subjected to a disgrace that is almost a kind of death But at whose instigationAs Maskell retrace. After reading something written so well it s a disappointment having only my own less elouent words available to praise it Maybe it s better to let Banville s passages sell themselves I ll get to those soon but first a bit of context The book I learned only today is a Roman a clef or less a true account of the infamous Cambridge spies disguised as a novel The focus is on Victor Maskell a composite figure based primarily on real life Anthony Blunt It s structured as a memoir by Victor in his mature years reflecting back on his days as a would be ideologue in the socialists camp stoicists really an intelligence officer in WWII a spy for the Russians a renowned art historian an uninvolved family man and a fancier of men Finding conflict in a life like that was no challenge Breathing life into an inherently cold fish was Victor was undeniably complex but there was not a lot of empathy to endear him to anyone The pleasure in reading the book was not in witnessing any ultimate humanization but in the language and intelligence of the author Here are some samples Judge for yourself Illustrating one aspect of the man Victor was The crowd was so large it had overflowed from the gallery and people were standing about the pavement in the evening sunshine drinking white wine and sneering at passers by and producing that self congratulatory low roar that is the natural collective voice of imbibers at the fount of art Ah what heights of contempt I was capable of in those days Now in old age I have largely lost that faculty and I miss it for it was passion of a sort And another as mentioned by a friend The trouble with you Vic is that you think of the world as a sort of huge museum with too many visitors allowed in Victor comparing his Irish upbringing with that of a Jewish friend We shared the innate bleak romanticism of our two very different races the legacy of dispossession and especially the lively anticipation of eventual revenge which when it came to politics could be made to pass for optimism On his evolving views speaking about the American system itself so demanding so merciless undeluded as to the fundamental murderousness and venality of humankind and at the same time so grimly unflaggingly optimistic More heresy I know apostasy soon I shall have no beliefs left at all only a cluster of fiercely held denials Victor reminiscing with old friend Nick Do you remember I said that summer when we first came down to London and we used to walk through Soho at night reciting Blake aloud to the amusement of the tarts The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction He was our hero do you remember Scourge of hypocrisy the champion of freedom and truth We were usually drunk as I recall he said and laughed Nick does not really laugh it is only a noise that he makes which he has learned to imitate from others The tygers of wrath he said Is that what you thought we were How to Write books tell you to use adverbs and adjectives sparingly When you re John Banville though and know all the right ones maybe the rule shouldn t apply He may not be to your taste if say Hemingway shots are your beverage of choice but as cups of tea go for English Lit types this guy s well worth a try

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Read & download ¹ The Untouchable Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï John Banville Inner of the Lannan Literary Award for FictionContemporary fiction gets no better than this Banville's books teem with life and humor Patrick McGrath The New York Times Book ReviewVictor Maskell is one of the great characters in recent fiction The Untouchable is the best work of art in any medium on its subject Washington Post Book WorldAs remarkable a literary voice as any to come out of Ireland; Joyce and Beckett notwithstanding San Francisco Chronicle. What forces a person to betray his country Where do all the spies come from What makes them ticking Some true espionage stories are much stranger than fiction especially when the tale is told by such master as John Banville To take possession of a city of which you are not a native you must first fall in love there To achieve our own ideals we are ready to betray any ideals of the others

Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï John Banville

Read & download ¹ The Untouchable Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï John Banville S his tortuous path from his recruitment at Cambridge to the airless upper regions of the establishment we discover a figure of manifold doubleness Irishman and Englishman; husband father and lover of men; betrayer and dupe Beautifully written filled with convincing fictional portraits of Maskell's co conspirators and vibrant with the mysteries of loyalty and identity The Untouchable places John Banville in the select company of both Conrad and le CarreW. It seems like I have been reading this forever The story is confusing but the writing is glorious Reading Banville is like reading a text book for writers But you have to read slowly savoring the word choices and images It s best to read on kindle with dictionary at hand

  • Paperback
  • 368
  • The Untouchable
  • John Banville
  • English
  • 04 August 2019
  • 9780679767473