Theft. John Banville has filled his novel, The Blue Guitar, with beautifully written prose. I found myself reading several sentences multiple times to enjoy how perfectly crafted they were, and how word choices seemed perfect. Narrated by an unappealing and very introspective artist, the novel explores the creative process and the essence of art. The narrator is proud to have been a thief, and in many respects, most art involves minor theft of ideas and forms from others. Fans of finely written literary fiction are those most likely to enjoy reading this novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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