Birchwood

By John Banville
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307279125, 170pp.)

Publication Date: May 8, 2007

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Description
An early classic from the Man Booker-prize winning author of "The Sea."
"I am therefore I think." So starts John Banville's 1973 novel "Birchwood," a novel that centers around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and despair. Delving deep into family secrets--a cold father, a tortured mother, an insane grandmother--Gabriel also recalls his first encounters with love and loss. At once a novel of a family, of isolation, and of a blighted Ireland, "Birchwood" is a remarkable and complex story about the end of innocence for one boy and his country, told in the brilliantly styled prose of one of our most essential writers.



About the Author
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of thirteen novels, including THE BOOK OF EVIDENCE, which was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize and KEPLER, which won the Guardian Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel, SHROUD, is out in paperback this year. He lives in Dublin.
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