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Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home. He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human. Memories, anxiety for the future, and more particularly, for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract him from his dreaming retirement.

This humane and beautifully written story tells the tragic tale of a man, intelligent, preposterous, and vulnerable, who in attempting to bring the performance to a close, finds himself travelling inevitably towards a devastating denouement.

©2000 John Banville (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Well cast narrator and lush writing

Bill Wallis gives an entertaining and fully considered narrative performance; he was cast well. This audible will enhance one’s appreciation of Banville’s fine novel whether one is listening to the recording alone or concurrently while reading the novel (which I find helpful and entertaining). This is a poignant story. Banville’s style is contemplative, brooding. The writing is lush and regal.