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Ancient Light

John Banville

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives. Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville's extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first-and perhaps only-love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady-famous and fragile-unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the "chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done." Ancient Light is a profoundly moving meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today.

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives. Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville's extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first-and perhaps only-love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady-famous and fragile-unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the "chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done." Ancient Light is a profoundly moving meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today.
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The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives. Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville's extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first-and perhaps only-love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady-famous and fragile-unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the "chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done." Ancient Light is a profoundly moving meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Sachs

Length:

9h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:38


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:27


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:18


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:44


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:48


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:26


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:32