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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,064 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Banville Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons, the hasty revelation of his double life of wartime espionage, his photograph is all over the papers. His disgrace is public, his position as curator of the Queen's pictures terminated... Maskell writes his own testament, in an act not unlike the restoration of one of his beloved pictures, in order for the process of verification and attribution to begin.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marguerite | 1/30/2014

    " This one was highly recommended and highly dull. The language was fusty and glacial, though in all likelihood a perfect example of class and character. I gave it almost twice my customary taste test, lasting till page 58. The oncology waiting room offered better reading material. 'Nuff said. Back to the library, you ponderous old thing, you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcia | 1/27/2014

    " Banville is a beautiful writer. Because his books are dense, they are slow going and it took me almost 100 pages to get into the flow of this book. His story sticks fairly closely to the real story of the Cambridge spies, but has a more existential feel by having the main character both looking back on his life and describing the present. The irony of wealthy, upper class men claiming to be socialists and yet living the decadent lives they lived is not lost. I think it is a good description of England between the wars and the hypocrisy and brutishness of the English upper class. There are no heroes here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Glenna | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books ever. It's beautifully written, about a gay, Irish man who acted as a spy for Russians during the second World War. Really fascinating, and for anyone who loves descriptions of the U.K., very powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephen Hull | 1/15/2014

    " A brilliant fictional take on the Cambridge spy ring, reinventing the story of Anthony Blunt by mixing versions of Maclean, Burgess and Philby with imaginary takes on Alan Turing and Graham Greene while throwing a liberal dash of Louis Macneice. Beautiful prose in the service of a fascinating psychological investigation at the same time as being a quick, fun read. "

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