`Shroud will not be easily surpassed for its combination of wit, moral complexity and compassion. It is hard to see what more a novel could do' Irish Times Dark secrets and reality unravel in Shroud, the second of John Banville's three novels to feature Cass Cleave, alongside Eclipse and Ancient Light. Axel Vander, distinguished intellectual and elderly academic, is not the man he seems. When a le...
Series: Cleave Trilogy (Book 2)
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Picador (July 4, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
Amazon Rank: 7133329
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The masterful ending of John Banville's "Shroud" reminded me of that of Gogol's superb "The Overcoat." In the wild chaos he creates in the final pages, Gogol manages to literally hide the ironic ending of his story from all but the very careful reade...
s out of the blue, threatening to unveil his secrets - and carefully concealed identity - Vander travels to Turin to meet its author. There, muddled by age and alcohol, unable always to distinguish fact from fiction, Vander comes face to face with the woman who has the knowledge to unmask him, Cass Cleave. However, her sense of reality is as unreliable as his, and the two are quickly drawn together, their relationship dark, disturbed and doomed to disaster from its very start.