Athena by John Banville

By John Banville

From the the world over acclaimed writer of The booklet of proof and Ghosts comes a captivating novel that's either a literary mystery and a love tale as sumptuously perverse as Lolita.

"A unusual and dreamlike ebook . . . Banville has a wide ranging style."--Boston Globe.

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The old man sighed. A minute later, seated panting quietly, he laced the tennis shoes to his long narrow feet. They looked detached and alien down there next to the dark cuffs of his business suit. Mr. Sanderson stood up. ” asked the boy. ” He started to sit down. ” Douglas held out his hand. “Mr. Sanderson, now could you kind of rock back and forth a little, sponge around, bounce kind of, while I tell you the rest? It‟s this: I give you my money, you give me the shoes, I owe you a dollar. But, Mr.

Yes, yes, a good supply. Pick „em easy, pick „em all. ” The boys bent, smiling. They picked the golden flowers. The flowers that flooded the world, dripped off lawns onto brick streets, tapped softly at crystal cellar windows and agitated themselves so that on all sides lay the dazzle and glitter of molten sun. Page 37 “Every year,” said Grandfather. “They run amuck; I let them. Pride of lions in the yard. Stare, and they burn a hole in your retina. A common flower, a weed that no one sees, yes.

Asked Tom. His voice was at the bottom of a green moss well somewhere underwater, secret, removed. Page 32 The grass whispered under his body. He put his arm down, feeling the sheath of fuzz on it, and, far away, below, his toes creaking in his shoes. The wind sighed over his shelled ears. The world slipped bright over the glassy round of his eyeballs like images sparked in a crystal sphere. Flowers were sun and fiery spots of sky strewn through the woodland. Birds flickered like skipped stones across the vast inverted pond of heaven.

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