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The Silver Swan (Quirke, Bk 2)
The Silver Swan - Quirke, Bk 2
Author: Benjamin Black, John Banville
It has been two years since the events of Christine Falls, the bestselling novel that introduced the world to an irascible Dublin pathologist named Quirke. Quirke's beloved Sarah has died, his surrogate father lies paralyzed by a stroke, and he's been sober for a year and a half. When a near-forgotten acquaintance comes to him, asking to...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312428242
ISBN-10: 0312428243
Publication Date: 2/3/2009
Pages: 304
Edition: 1
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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I had read Christine Falls (Quirke,Bk 1) and enjoyed it enough to want to read The Silver Swan..Both were darkish, depressing subject matter..The Silver Swan isn't a light read for the beach..but it is interesting and well written. Of the two books I'd say Christine Falls was the better book. There's something missing in this one.
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From the standpoint of the story, I think this second Quirke novel is more successful than the first. I was quite intrigued by Christine Falls and, of course, admired the fine writing. But the plot was a bit out of control with so many unraveling threads, sadness heaped upon scandal, and none of it having a very satisfactory resolution, which was no doubt the author's point about life. The Silver Swan seems to me to be a more successful representation of its genre. It contains the many admirable qualities of the first Banville's fierce analysis of the Irish, his fine character studies, the elegiac descriptions of Dublin but presents the plot with more control and power.
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Benjamin Black cannot write a bad book.
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I love the way this author writes! Deep, dark, full of the texture of different characters' experience, a relatively simple plot with complex people who do not understand their own motivations. Characters with, to quote one of them, "cold hearts, hot souls." The novel is set in Dublin and the main character is a pathologist who gets much too curious for his own good. I recommend you read the same author's "Christine Falls" before this one.


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