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The Infinities

John Banville

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra's "young man"-very likely more interested in the father than the daughter-who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit. But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals-among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: "We too are petty and vindictive," he tells us, "just like you, when we are put to it." As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human-a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today. From the Hardcover edition.

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra's "young man"-very likely more interested in the father than the daughter-who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit. But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals-among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: "We too are petty and vindictive," he tells us, "just like you, when we are put to it." As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human-a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

On a languid midsummer's day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their mother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petra's "young man"-very likely more interested in the father than the daughter-who has arrived for a superbly ill-timed visit. But the Godley family is not alone in their vigil. Around them hovers a family of mischievous immortals-among them, Zeus, who has his eye on young Adam's wife; Pan, who has taken the doughy, perspiring form of an old unwelcome acquaintance; and Hermes, who is the genial and omniscient narrator: "We too are petty and vindictive," he tells us, "just like you, when we are put to it." As old Adam's days on earth run down, these unearthly beings start to stir up trouble, to sometimes wildly unintended effect. . . . Blissfully inventive and playful, rich in psychological insight and sensual detail, The Infinities is at once a gloriously earthy romp and a wise look at the terrible, wonderful plight of being human-a dazzling novel from one of the most widely admired and acclaimed writers at work today. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julian Rhind-Tutt

Length:

9h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:47


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:08


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:18


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:12


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:13


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:10


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:35


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:17


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:08


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:57


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:05


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:54


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:03


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:26


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:18


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:09


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:48


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:10


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:07


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:38


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:33


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:47


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:26


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:34


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:35


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:44


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:43


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:26


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:36


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:48


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:16


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:32


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:26


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:42


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:26


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:15


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:10


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:10


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:28


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

00:23