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April in Spain: A Novel von John Banville
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April in Spain: A Novel (2021. Auflage)

von John Banville (Autor)

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Titel:April in Spain: A Novel
Autoren:John Banville (Autor)
Info:Hanover Square Press (2021), Edition: Original, 248 pages
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April in Spain von John Banville

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I haven't had much joy with John Banville in the past, but I thought this was excellent. Not a lot happened really, and the big reveal at the end was something of an anti-climax for me, but the writing was beautiful and I liked the characterization of Terry and Phoebe in particular. I wish there had been more of the repellant Paul. I will be interested to read the next instalment. ( )
  pgchuis | Nov 14, 2021 |
I was disappointed in this Banville mystery. It lacked depth but had interesting characters. When retired Dublin pathologist, Quirke, goes on holiday in Spain with his wife, Evelyn, a psychologist, he sees a woman he thought had died. This opens a can of worms back in Dublin as it is related to some shady dealings of one of the government ministers. I felt the story lacked development although the ending was a total surprise. ( )
  brangwinn | Oct 31, 2021 |
I listened to award winning author John Banville's last novel, Snow, and really enjoyed it. Banville's newest novel is April in Spain. Banville writes a number of series. One is the Quirke books - he's a Dublin pathologist. Detective Inspector St. John Strafford was introduced in Snow and makes a return appearance here.

Quirke and his wife Evelyn are on vacation in Spain when a small accident sends him to hospital. It is there that he sees a young woman that has been declared dead for many years. It can't be her - could it? His daughter was friends with April Latimer as a teen. Quirke calls her and a chain reaction is set in motion. Strafford is sent to Spain and there's one more on the way as well - a hit man has been given a job in Spain...

Now, I chose to listen to April in Spain. Banville's characterizations are complex, detailed and nuanced. I found that listening to the book drew me deeper into the characters' mindsets, thoughts, deductions, plans, backgrounds and more. The level of introspection of each character makes for fascinating listening.

Banville weaves Irish history, background and politics into his plotting. For me, the 'is it her' mystery took a backseat to the characters themselves. The answer to that question is up in the air until the final chapters. Some may find this unhurried mystery a bit of a slow burner, but I very much enjoyed it. Banville is a talented wordsmith.

I liked the reader of Snow and was quite happy to find that John Lee was also the narrator for April in Spain. He has a wonderful Irish accent that I loved - lilting, broad, rising and falling within a sentence. Lee's voice is so very expressive. He captures the characters perfectly and the voices used matched the personality and mannerisms of the players. ( )
  Twink | Oct 27, 2021 |
Pathologist Quirke has been persuaded to travel to San Sebastian in Northern Spain by his wife. After an accident requires a visit to the local hospital, Quirke is surprised to see a fellow Irish doctor. However this is unusual as April Latimer was supposedly dead, killed at the hands of her brother before his suicide. Why is April hiding out in Spain and to what lengths will her family go to silence her?
My first encounter with Quirke and Strafford was through Snow, the last novel, which I loved and this is no different. In complete contrast to the cold setting of that novel, here the protagonists converge in Franco-era Basque Country. What is so good is the languid unfolding of the plot, Strafford doesn't appear until half-way but all the characters are set in place. The final ending is both swift and well-written. This is a wonderfully literary example of the genre. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Oct 21, 2021 |
Banville always takes a different take on his protagonist. Interesting to see Quirke and Strafford working together. ( )
  Doondeck | Oct 18, 2021 |
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