The Infinities (2010) John Banville's first novel under his own name since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2005 takes place in an alternate universe in which classical… 2010-02-23 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Knopf
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The Infinities (2010)

John Banville | The Infinities by John Banville
The Infinities by John Banville
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 23, 2010; Writer: John Banville; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Knopf

John Banville's first novel under his own name since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2005 takes place in an alternate universe in which classical Greek deities flit about English manors playing gleeful and lustful tricks on the inhabitants. But despite its mythological 
trappings, the central story of The Infinities is a down-to-earth one: As patriarch Adam Godley lies dying upstairs, the other family members, quarreling and cranky, stew 
in their desperation below. The messenger god Hermes acts as a bemused commentator on these events. But 
 Banville's lush, stylized language — which usually has a sort of self-puncturing pomposity — here feels overinflated and downright purple. B

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Originally posted Feb 24, 2010 Published in issue #1092 Mar 05, 2010 Order article reprints