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The Silver Swan (Quirke, Bk 2)
The Silver Swan - Quirke, Bk 2
Author: Benjamin Black, John Banville
The inimitable Quirke returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman’s dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions — Two years have passed since the events of the bestselling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologis...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780805081534
ISBN-10: 0805081534
Publication Date: 3/4/2008
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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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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