Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0011949, Wed, 21 Sep 2005 11:00:54 -0700

John Banville and VN: style note

John Banville is a writer many VN admirers would find rewarding. He has often been compared with VN The TLS of June 3, 2005, p.19, I ran across the following in Robert Macfarland's review of Banville's latest _The Sea_:

"The Nabokov-Banville connection has often been noted. Like Nabokov, Banville conceives of his sentences individually as works of art; he is similarly diligent to their rhytmn, and, like Nabokov, his fastidious style can be interpreted as as a kind of snobbery, or at least a desire to keep the world at arm's length. In the prose of both writers, objects and experiences are rotated, scrutinized, subjected to a meticulous examination."