For the young John Banville, Dublin was a place of enchantment and yearning. Each year, on his birthday = the 8th of December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception - he and his mother would journey by train to the capital city, passing frosted pink fields at dawn, to arrive at Westland Row and the beginning of a day's adventures that included much anticipated trips to Celry's and the Palm Beach ice cream parlor.
The aspiring writer first came to live in the city when he was eighteen. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped.
It was a cold time, for society and for the individual - one the writer would later explore through the famed Benjamin Black protagonist Quirke - but underneath the seeming permafrost a thaw was setting in, and Ireland was beginning to change.
Alternating between vignettes of Banville's own past, and present day historical explorations of the city, Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory - that 'bright abyss' in which 'time's alchemy works' - and a tender ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man.
Accompanied by images of the city by photographer Paul Joyce.
This title is offered at a greatly reduced price of 6.99. RRP is 25.99
Time Pieces - A Dublin Memoir
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