De onsterfelijken

De onsterfelijken Op een warme dag midden in de zomer komt het gezin Godley bijeen in hun huis in Arden waar vader Adam boven op sterven ligt Spanningen genoeg het huwelijk van Adam jr staat op springen dochter Petra

  • Title: De onsterfelijken
  • Author: John Banville Arie Storm
  • ISBN: 9789029086257
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Op een warme dag midden in de zomer komt het gezin Godley bijeen in hun huis in Arden, waar vader Adam boven op sterven ligt Spanningen genoeg het huwelijk van Adam jr staat op springen, dochter Petra, kwetsbaar en getroebleerd, vindt alleen verlichting in haar eigen pijn, en de relatie tussen hun ouders is nog even slecht als vroeger.Ondertussen kijken de goden toe terOp een warme dag midden in de zomer komt het gezin Godley bijeen in hun huis in Arden, waar vader Adam boven op sterven ligt Spanningen genoeg het huwelijk van Adam jr staat op springen, dochter Petra, kwetsbaar en getroebleerd, vindt alleen verlichting in haar eigen pijn, en de relatie tussen hun ouders is nog even slecht als vroeger.Ondertussen kijken de goden toe terwijl ze zich ongemerkt door dit huishouden verplaatsen Niet in staat weerstand te bieden aan hun verlangen zich te mengen in de levens van deze sterfelijken spioneren ze, treiteren en verleiden ze, terwijl ze met een mengeling van verbijstering en jaloezie de capriolen van hun speeltjes gadeslaan.

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    1. I've read somewhere that the main thing a novelist needs to accomplish in the first 10% of a story is to convince the reader to keep reading. John Banville obviously does not feel bound by this advice. Hell, no, with a kind of oblivious arrogance that might almost be admirable, if it weren't so irritating, he launches this grotesquely overwritten galley of pretentious claptrap, and let the reader be damned! The domineering patriarch lies dying in the upper chamber. Assorted members of the family [...]

    2. In this deliciously humorous novel, Banville plays with the idea of being a modern Shakespeare. Taking as model “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, he explores one of the parallel worlds the “pater familia” in this story had theorized about in his earlier studies about the infinities of realities.He enters the particular reality from the novel (which is the same as our reality, but slightly different) while being in a coma. We are presented the thoughts, feelings and reactions of the members [...]

    3. What do we think of when we think of the abode of the gods? Swans gliding across still waters, laurel hedges from which butterflies tumble, birdsong hidden in dappled sunlight? That's the atmosphere of Arden, the home of the Godley family in The Infinities, also the home of the gods. Infinities here are described as time subject to slippages so that "all possibilities are fulfilled." Banville plays with the notion that the gods are still with us.The Godley family is in crisis. Old Adam, their he [...]

    4. I cannot resist reading Banville aloud. His command of prose style is without equal among contemporary writers in English. When Banville uses a comma, it is for a very good reason and must be read to preserve the rhythm of the sentence as well as the sense. Despite the beauty of his prose, which borders often on poetry, he is playful in The Infinities with both characters and readers, as befits a comedy. One can, in fact, read this novel as a play. It is, in part, a restaging of Amphitryon, comp [...]

    5. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It's clever, witty, imaginative and filled with ideas -- all things I prize in a book. And yet it lacks coherence, perhaps even a sense of full commitment by the author to his novel. I don't feel Banville's dedication to the material, a sense that he really had a compelling reason or desire to tell this story.It is a kind of homage to the story of Amphytrion -- the mortal cuckolded by Zeus, who took Amphitryon's own shape to seduce his wife, Alc [...]

    6. I should have bought my own copy of The Infinities; it’s a book to linger over, not read in haste because it’s due back at the library. It is a beautiful book. I like Banville’s playful characterisation. This is a story about a household reunion because the patriarch old Adam Godley is dying, but the household is watched over by the ancient Greek gods. They watch the vigil with cynical amusement and mild jealousy; they interfere out of malice and selfishness. They are petty and vindictive; [...]

    7. “Banville has astonishing powers…This is unequivocally a work of brilliance” blurbs the Spectator on the back of the dust jacket. And my hometown paper, the KC Star placed it among its top 10 novels of 2009. So what the heck, I bought it on discount at Borders a year ago. It has been in my “to read” stack ever since. It never seems to move up. With a wild hair, I moved it above Adrian McKinty’s Bloomsday trilogy and several others that I know I will enjoy. It’s been a while since I [...]

    8. This is simply a stunningly beautiful book. It focuses on a family which is gathered together because the father, Adam Godley, a brilliant theoretical mathematician, is on his deathbed. He is attended by his second wife, his son Adam (and Adam's wife Helen), and his daughter Petra. Petra's "young man" visits, although his interest in Petra is not clear. There are a few others stopping by the Godley home as well. The narrator of the novel is Hermes, the Greek god (aka Mercury), and Zeus and Pan p [...]

    9. Does anyone write a richer more mellifluous prose than John Banville? Still, at times I find his style too oleagenous for my taste, to use one of his favorite words (moreover, his obsession with "f" alliteration can sometimes tires). This novel, very much in the Irish tradition, deals with a dysfunctional family--or, actually two, dysfunctional families, the second being the family of Greek gods who overlooks and at certain points interferes with the earthly family. The narrator is Hermes who ha [...]

    10. I lasted only 30 pages, though do feel slightly bad only giving 2 stars given the reasonable writing calibre - but then again, reasonable prose does not make a book (and that's what this prose is - reasonable, not jaw-dropping, for good flow is not all it's about (though Banville, to be sure, does achieve very good flow)). I came to Banville having heard some people really rate his style. Sure, it flows, is pretty light on the eye, and he takes care over his words; but, to be brutally honest, I [...]

    11. The Infinities replays the myth of Amphitryon, in which Zeus seduces a mortal woman while disguised as her husband. Banville's modern-day retelling, however, with all its conceits of the classical gods' ability (or inability) to impersonate humans and its celestial-earthly humor, met with dissent from critics. Many thought that the novel reached the literary heights of The Sea in its rich, elegant writing, sensuous details, and witty farce. But a few reviewers described the novel as overwritten [...]

    12. A great mathematician lies dying in another of the infinity of separate but intermingled worlds that he has discovered exist. It is subtly different from ours -- cold fusion works, Wallace and not Darwin is remembered, Kleist is the great genius and Goethe forgotten, and, most importantly, the Greek gods continue to fumble about in the lives of mortals. The place is called Arden and has more than a little of the whiff of Shakespeare's wood about it. But this is really mostly beside the point, si [...]

    13. On the surface of it, The Infinities is a simple story, set, like Joyce’s Ulysses within the space of 24 hours in a single setting – an old country house in Ireland. The story pivots around Adam Godley, the aptly named family patriarch and famous mathematician/scientist who lies comatose and dying after a massive stroke. During this time, although a number of visitors come and go, and there are revelations, resolutions, and perceptions, nothing particular appears to happen, at least by human [...]

    14. За бремето на хората и боговете(Цялото ревю е тук: knijenpetar.wordpress/201)Каквото да кажа сега, едва ли ще мога да си обясня и десет процента от прочетеното в книгата на Банвил. „Безкрайностите“ („Колибри“, 2016, с превод на Иглика Василева) е дълбока и проникваща в на най-закътаните м [...]

    15. As enchanted as I was by Banville's beautiful prose, this farcical meditation on what it means to be silly foolish human things, babes really, I can't deny I was ready for this novel to end. To say by closing page I was well-worn would be fitting. Time to move on, as though from an exotic restaurant, from a dinner perhaps appreciated more than enjoyed. Other reviewers have noted the distinct lack of story here, and I can understand. While the novel has a feel of timelessness, in fact could be sa [...]

    16. I wanted to like this. It had moments where the writing was really engaging, and one metaphor early on that was really moving. But I just couldn't buy it. Overall, I found the language overbearing, the mythology ridiculous and shoe-horned into the story, and the "plot" completely pointless. I don't even mind, sometimes, there not being a plot. I resolved, pretty early on, that this book was more of a vignette of a day than a plot driven novel, and I could live with that. But the ending was absur [...]

    17. I was looking forward to this book because I thought the story concept was interesting. However, the story totally fell apart under the EXTREME weight of similee and description. I listened to the audio version and couldn't get to the story because so much time was spent establishing mood. No object or person esecaped a minimum 3 sentence description chock full of metaphores. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good descriptive phrase, and metaphores are a good thing -- but a bit of restrait would hav [...]

    18. Listen, this is literary fiction, plain and simple, regardless of the vaguely genre premise. Not a whole lot happens in this book; it takes place over the course of maybe a day or less. But that's not the point of it. The point is florid language, metaphors out the wazoo, borderline excessive descriptions, too many turns-of-phrases. I mean, if you like pretty words, tons and tons of them, you'll like it. Character study, too. But don't look for story or plot. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of [...]

    19. I rarely give up on a book, but I did on this one. I am a huge fan of Greek mythology and love the whole multiverse, infinite worlds theories. This book takes place over just one day, it is about the death of a father, that happens to be a god. Yes some interesting thoughts on the infinite, on gods, and on families but not enough to ramble on for an entire novel. Just because one can write eloquent sentences, does not mean that they are writing good novels. I cannot recommend this novel as I was [...]

    20. I love John Banville's work but this one did not delight me as much as I expected. I'm not sure whether the action takes place in England or Ireland (and would be glad if someone would enlighten me). I a dilapidated family home, Adam Godley has been brought home from hospital to die, after suffering a major stroke. He is in a coma. Living in the house are his wife, Ursula, and their daughter, Petra, who seems to have some mental health issues. Joining them are their son, Adam and his wife. Unkno [...]

    21. само факта, че "безкрайностите" не само е написана от ирландец- джон банвил- носител на множество литературни награди между които и "букър", но и че е разположил историята си в магичната си островна родина, е достатъчен да поискам да прочета този роман. в допълнение, тук са заб [...]

    22. This story of the Greek god Hermes narrating the events surrounding a modern patriarch's deathbed is unbearably pretentious and unforgivably cruel to its characters. Add to that an utterly inconsequential plot and I just couldn't wait to be through with it.

    23. though I find it hard to believe, I think this was too smart for me. it was bizarre and nothing had anything to do with anything. the audiobook was confusing since the narrative changed so frequently and subtly. I don't really know why I finished it. that being said, it has a vibe of intellect to it, sort of like british umberto eco?, and that is why I use the phrase "too smart for me".if there is one thing I must say positively, it is that hermes was near perfect. I've always had very specific [...]

    24. I can easily say this is the best book I've read this year. I almost want to reread it again, right now. It was brilliant. Banville is a god. Or at very least, he knows how to channel one.The scene is a quirky Irish country house. The time is today-ish: Midsummer's Eve, more precisely. The characters are mainly the Godley family: Adam Snr, a theoretical mathematician who in his prime upset the balance of the universe with his great discovery; Ursula, his second (and much younger) alcoholic wife; [...]

    25. The Greek gods are still hanging around, apparently, unbeknownst to us, overseeing and to varying degrees affecting our earthly passages (while making sure that "all divots [are] replaced" after their interventions). So Banville's latest novel imagines, at least, which suggests a rather beguiling cross-pollination of, say, Wim Wenders' luminous film Wings of Desire and Virginia Woolf's introspective fictional style. The gods here -- as they look down on their "little ones" and try to ward off th [...]

    26. Los dioses griegos existen en época contemporánea, y no tienen cosa mejor que hacer que inmiscuirse en los asuntos de una familia irlandesa. El padre está en coma. Zeus toma la forma del hijo de éste para poseer a su bella esposa y por ahí andan también una hija emocionalmente inestable, su novio engreído e impertinente, la esposa del comatoso, la señora que les ayuda en las tareas de la casa y el lechero (o algo así) amante de ésta. El narrador omnisciente es el dios Mercurio, que tam [...]

    27. John Banville is one of the great stylists of contemporary English-language fiction, and his abundant talents are on exuberant, rollicking display in The Infinities. The action of the novel takes place over a single day, as Adam Godley, the famous theoretical mathematician, lies dying in a top floor room of his huge country home (called Arden House). Surrounding him are his much younger wife Ursula (a closet alcoholic), his neurotic and profoundly insecure daughter Petra, his ungainly and impres [...]

    28. Well, this was a curious book! The writing style was just what I was looking for in a Banville novel. The premise though was kind of silly! The story takes place around the deathbed of a father. He is surrounded by his family and some obtrusive visitors and in his coma-state, is unable to communicate with them. Mingling in the house as well are a couple of the Ancient Greek Gods. Wait. what?I can't quite place my finger on what it was that made the novel poignant. I can't come up with the words. [...]

    29. Δεν θα ξεκινήσω να εξηγώ γιατί πήρα το «Άπειροι κόσμοι» του Μπάνβιλ, γιατί δεν θα έχει κανένα νόημα. Πριν από μερικά χρόνια, όταν διάβασα τη «Θάλασσα», δυσκολεύτηκα να βρω την όποια γοητεία στη γραφή του, οπότε μάλλον έφταιξα που εμπιστεύτηκα το οπισθόφυλλο και έδωσα στο συγ [...]

    30. What utter rubbish!! I JUST finished this book and I swear I don't know why I bothered! Well, I do- it's because I promised myself that I would complete each and every one of my "current" books, even though I am not remotely invested in them, just to keep giving them a chance. But this one, a total waste of time! The entire books is centered around this dying man and those connected to him. And oh yes, some silly bored gods who mischievously tamper with their lives.I mean, seriously??!!! I thoug [...]

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