Ancient Light by John Banville

Ancient Light

Title: Ancient Light
Author: John Banville
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Penguin (28 Mar 2013)



In a small town in 1950’s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman – in the back of her can on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons. Unsure why she has chosen him, he becomes obsessed and tormented by this first love. Half a century later, actor Alexander Cleave – grieving for the recent loss of his daughter – recalls these trysts, trying to make sense of the boy he was and the needs and frailties of the human heart.



I received a copy of the book from the BritMums Book Club.

With the opening of the book starting with “Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother,” I thought this could be a fantastic book.  Alex now an old man reminisces about his youth more importantly the affair with his best friends mum. Unfortunately no matter how I tried I couldn’t get into it. I found it a bit vague and a little boring at times and struggled to read it. The book jumps from present to when his daughter commits suicide ten years ago and of course to his affair with Mrs Gray.

I had heard that John Banville was an incredible author and this book has not discouraged me from reading other books from him. Maybe it was just the wrong book for me.


Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The review is my own personal opinions and not influenced in any way.

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